Did the “residents” of CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) allow a man to die because they refused to allow law enforcement medical personnel into their little autonomous zone to treat him? That’s the question that few are willing to ask, but body-cam footage from Seattle police officers who were able to get to the scene shows the chaos that may have contributed to the death of at least one black man as well as the risks associated with being in law enforcement today.
As noted in the video, the police officers who entered The CHOP only did so after they had sufficient numbers to reduce the threat to themselves. It has been reported that earlier attempts to enter in smaller numbers were repelled by the occupiers of the six-block zone in Seattle, a delay in treatment that may have contributed to the 19-year-old victim’s death. The other victim, whose age has not been released, is currently in critical condition.
The scene in the video is scary as unhinged “residents” of The CHOP surround the officers at times. Even with several of the officers trained and prepared for such a scenario, the sheer number of occupiers surrounding them made for a potentially explosive situation. Even as they were leaving, their vehicles were assaulted by the “residents” who seemed much more concerned about keeping their little utopia free from police presence than doing what is necessary for law, order, and safety.
According to Seattle PD:
Homicide detectives are investigating following a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning at 10th Avenue and East Pine Street. One man was declared deceased at the hospital and another male is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
On June 20th, at approximately 2:30 AM, East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in Cal Anderson Park. This is inside the area referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims. Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP “medics”.
Officers responded to Harborview and were informed that one of the victims, a 19-year-old male, had died from injuries. The other victim, also a male, unknown age, remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The suspect or suspect(s) fled and are still at large. There is no description at this time.
Homicide detectives responded and are conducting a thorough investigation, despite the challenges presented by the circumstances.
BREAKING: Seattle police release body cam footage of officers responding to the fatal shooting inside the autonomous zone last night https://t.co/aAovHGzN4v
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 20, 2020
As long as The CHOP remains a point of anarchy, Seattle is a lost city. The rampant crime the city has grown accustomed to under radical progressive rule has only been exacerbated by these protests. Law enforcement is held back by Democratic leaders.
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