Seattle Residents said Sunday that despite rumors that the city would take over the “occupied” area known as CHOP, little had changed on the ground and “security” in the protest area had in fact taken a turn for the worse. the extent. “Litigation” with residents who live nearby.
“They don’t leave people in the neighborhood sometimes at night”, Matthew Ploszaj, who lives there, Told KOMO News. He told the station that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, but said it’s a “terrible precedent” that “any political message can come in and occupy a neighborhood.”
Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city was working with the community to end the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” area and that police would soon enter a neighborhood building they had largely abandoned in the city. region.
Durkan also promised to respond to some of the protesters’ demands, including investing more in black communities, rethinking police services in cooperation with community leaders, and lobbying for accountability measures and police union reform. statewide.
The KOMO report indicated that any action by the city would be a Herculean task. Some entrances have been fortified with rebar and around 70 concrete barriers.
Michael Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, told Fox News on Saturday that business owners and residents of the country are indeed being held hostage.
“There were entities from the city, as far as the chiefs, who went to the area yesterday to try to remove some of the border areas – as regards the dams – and they encountered resistance. Armed people poured into the area and prevented these city entities, these agencies from doing the work, “he told” Cavuto LIVE “. “So no, it hasn’t been resolved. It’s still deeply troubling.”
The Seattle Times reported that hundreds of demonstrators went to Durkan’s house where they believed on Sunday to bring their demands to his door.
According to the newspaper, the protesters rejected his proposal to cut the police budget by $ 20 million. They said the number was too low. Protesters said they were honoring a black woman, Charleena Lyles, 30, who was killed by police in the city in 2017. The newspaper said it was a peaceful gathering. Durkan was at city hall during the protest, the newspaper reported.
Washington lawyer Jacob Bozeman recently filed a lawsuit against Durkan and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, both Democrats, for CHOP. Thirty people addressed him to thank him or ask to join the trial, he said.
“I can’t understand how someone could say that the mayor and the state governor should abdicate their enforcement authority … just to leave that to an armed group of people who are not elected.”
Evie Fordham and Fox News Associated Press ‘Julia Musto, Fox Business’ contributed to this report