The ‘summer of love’ is over.
Following “ongoing violence and public safety issues,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to clear out the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone — a several block, autonomous policy-free zone — and Seattle police enforced the order Wednesday morning.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a statement, “This order, and our police response, comes after weeks of violence in and around the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, including four shootings, resulting in multiple injuries and the deaths of two teenagers.”
“I support peaceful demonstrations,” Best said, adding, “the CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings — two fatal — robberies, assaults, violence, and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area.”
Police began issuing dispersal orders early Wednesday, and as of 7:45 a.m. local time, officers made 23 arrests for assault, failure to disperse, obstruction and resisting arrest, the department said.
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