Seattle mayor announces city will reclaim police-free CHOP autonomous zone taken over by demonstrators

Seattle mayor announces city will reclaim police-free CHOP autonomous zone taken over by demonstrators
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In the wake of two shootings last weekend — one of them fatal — Seattle officials announced Monday they plan to dismantle a six-block “police-free zone” held by demonstrators in the heart of the city for more than two weeks.

“It’s time for people to go home,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan, referring to the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHOP) that has been occupied by activists since June 8.

Durkan, accompanied by police Chief Carmen Best at the public announcement, declined to say exactly how the area will be cleared if protesters resist, but stressed that the change will be “peaceful and in the near future.”

Amid nationwide protests against police abuses following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, hundreds of demonstrators occupied an area around Seattle’s Anderson Park, and police abandoned a neighborhood precinct house.

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