Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupation Protest is over.
After months The Seattle autonomous zone otherwise known as the Capitol Hill Occupation Protest is no more. Mayor Jerry Durkan issued an executive order that ended the months-long occupation of a zone in Seattle.
— Dustin Akers (@DustinAkers) July 1, 2020
“Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area. Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor’s order,” was the tweet the Seattle police sent out this morning.
In a statement, Police Chief Cameron best said, “I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community. But enough is enough,”
CHOP was the result of George Floyd’s death, as some protestors took up the area to demand police reform.
However, as one resident put it: “It started out well-intentioned and then quickly took a turn for the worse.
While Chop the place maybe over one Seattle community leader wants to remind people that the idea is not. Andre Taylor, who is a Seattle community leader told CNN “I’ve told people here don’t be focused on the location. CHOP is not a location, it is an idea.”
Hopefully, people will take heed to Mr. Taylor’s message. If the original intent of CHOP was to shed light on police reform, let the attention revert back to that. During the occupation, 5 shootings took place in the Autonomous zone. Comparatively, at least 5 unarmed black people were killed by police officers in that same time, even if it didn’t make the news.
Police brutality is still a thing, violence is always going to be a thing, let’s fix one problem at a time though.
What do you guys think the police should have done about Capitol Hill Occupation Protest? Should they have let it continue?
Lastly, let us know your thoughts in the comments.