The CHOP zone in Seattle
…surrounding a police precinct, which was previously abandoned, has had almost tripled police response times since it was taken over by the “occupied protest.” Following a shooting, this past weekend that took the life of a nineteen-year-old, the town Mayor, Jenny Durkan, has shared the importance of bringing order back into the nighttime life of the protest area.
The mayor did not give an immediate timeline for clearing out the occupation but said “additional steps” would be examined if people don’t leave voluntarily. With scores of people camping in a park in the protest zone, Durkan said peaceful demonstrations could continue, but nighttime disorder had to stop.
“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”
“There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said.
What do you think – has CHOP served any good purposes?
Matthew – Strictly News