Better late than never, we suppose. After two shootings over the weekend, one of which resulted in the death of a 19-year-old young man, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan confirmed on Monday that the city would take action against what’s now known as the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest,” or CHOP for short. Durkan, who has come under significant criticism for her lax approach to the organized takeover of a police precinct and the surrounding downtown area, said that city officials could no longer stand by and watch the CHOP zone devolve into violence.
“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.”
Even at this late date, however, Durkan was careful not to whisper a word of criticism about the original takeover or the intentions of the anarchists and racial activists who participated in the occupation.
“Racism is a living, breathing organism,” she said. “It permeates our society in so many ways, and we can only undo racism and begin to undo the trauma and injustice by really centering the voices of the people who are affected.”
Pander harder, Jenny.
Some residents, while grateful for the mayor’s promise to dismantle the zone, were angry that city officials hadn’t done so sooner.
“It was doomed to happen from Day One,” Matthew Ploszaj told KOMO News. “No one wanted to say it, but I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. It should have ended when the Car Tender got broken and the mob went down and broke his fence. It did not have to come to this.”
It shouldn’t have ever ended because it should have never been allowed to begin. When in history have you ever heard of city officials ordering the police department to abandon a precinct and allow the rabid mob to simply take over? When have you ever heard of city officials saying, Welp, these anarchists have put up barricades and declared these six blocks of downtown their lawless, autonomous zone. Nothing we can do about it, #blacklivesmatter.
This is the razor’s edge of total madness, and it has been instructive and terrifying to watch so many mainstream liberals actually pretend that President Trump, calling for an end to the occupation, is the one who has gone off the deep end. Are voters really paying attention to what’s going on? Are they really so brainwashed as to believe that this is a normal, rational response to the death of one dude in Minneapolis?
“There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said Monday.
How in the hell did it take you this long to realize that?