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Seattle Mayor Announces the Fate of CHOP

Added 06-23-20 02:45:03pm EST - “'No one wanted to say it, but I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.'” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Seattle Mayor Announces CHOP Will Be Dispersed: 'It's Time for People To Go Home'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Karen Ducey / Getty ImagesBarricades erected by the city divide up the CHOP zone on June 19, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The concrete barriers, wrapped in plywood for painting, were installed to protect the free speech zone while still allowing one lane of traffic to get through. Protesters have since blocked off entrances to traffic. (Karen Ducey / Getty Images)

Seattle’s Mayor announced Monday that officials plan to dismantle the six-block “police-free zone” in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood following multiple shootings in the area over the weekend.

The area now known as CHOP, which stands for “Capitol Hill Organized Protest,” has been occupied by demonstrators since June 8, when Seattle police left the East Precinct in Capitol Hill.

On Saturday, a 19-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were shot within the area. The 19-year-old died from his wounds and the 33-year-old remains in critical condition, KUOW-FM reported.

A 17-year-old was shot in the arm in the CHOP zone on Sunday night, and another man was shot Tuesday morning and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to KING-TV.

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