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Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
Capitol Hill Organized Protest
Aerial view of zone showing Pine St. & 10th Ave.
Aerial view of zone showing Pine St. & 10th Ave.
Nickname(s): 
CHAZ or CHOP
Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
The zone's location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle
Coordinates: 47°36′54.5″N 122°19′2.83″W / 47.615139°N 122.3174528°W / 47.615139; -122.3174528
StatusSelf-declared autonomous zone[1]
EstablishedJune 8, 2020 (2020-06-08)[2]
Area clearedJuly 1, 2020 (2020-07-01)[3]
Government
 • TypeConsensus decision-making by daily meeting of protesters[4][5]

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ),[6] also known as Free Capitol Hill,[7][8] the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,[9][10] and the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP),[11][12][13][14] was an occupation protest and self-declared autonomous zone[1] in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. The zone, originally covering six city blocks and a park,[15][16] was established on June 8, 2020 by George Floyd protesters after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) left its East Precinct building,[2] and was cleared of occupants by police on July 1, 2020.[3][17]

Formation of the zone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was preceded by a week of tense interactions between protesters and police in full riot gear that began on June 1 and escalated on June 7, after a man drove his vehicle into the protesters and shot one of them (near 11th Ave. and Pine St.).[18][19] Tear gas, flash bangs, and pepper spray were repeatedly used by police in the densely populated residential neighborhood,[20] while the SPD said in its Twitter account that the crowd was "throwing bottles, rocks, fireworks, and other projectiles at officers. The crowd is shining green lasers into officers’ eyes."[18] The mayor issued a ban on tear gas on June 5,[21] while the following day, flash bangs and pepper spray were used on demonstrators after they were joined on the front lines by a group of city, county, and state representatives.[22] Near midnight on June 8, tear gas was deployed again, despite the ban.[22] Afterward, police boarded up and moved out of the East Precinct in an effort to de-escalate the situation.[23]

Local governance in the zone was decentralized, with the goal of creating a neighborhood without police. On June 9, 2020, protesters demanded rent control, the reversal of gentrification, the abolition or defunding of police, funding of community health, and releasing prisoners serving time for marijuana-related offenses or resisting arrest, with expungement of their records.[24][25]

Reactions to the zone varied through the political spectrum. President Donald Trump referred to the occupants as "ugly Anarchists" and called for the governor of Washington and the mayor of Seattle to "take back" the zone,[5] while Mayor Jenny Durkan on June 11 described the zone as "four blocks in Seattle that is more like a block party atmosphere. It's not an armed takeover. It's not a military junta. We will make sure that we will restore this but we have block parties and the like in this part of Seattle all the time ... there is no threat right now to the public."[26] On June 14, USA Today confirmed a festive atmosphere, comparing the protest to a miniature version of Burning Man.[27] The following week, on June 22, the Associated Press stated "[a]t night, however, the atmosphere has become more charged, with demonstrators marching and armed volunteer guards keeping watch."[28] SPD Chief Carmen Best at first said the department was looking at different approaches to "reduce [their] footprint" in the Capitol Hill neighborhood,[29] but later stated officials were working to return officers to the precinct. She stressed the "need to have officers responding to calls in a timely fashion. And with the occupation that's taking place, we're not able to do so in a timely way."[30]

On June 12, Black Lives Matter protesters were reportedly negotiating with local officials to leave the zone.[31] Four days later, the zone's roadblocks were replaced and moved,[32] which decreased the size of the CHOP area.[32] Following shootings in or near the zone on June 20, 21, and 23, CHOP's footprint shrank[33][34] and some occupiers left.[35][36] Mayor Durkan said the SPD would return to the East Precinct "peacefully and in the near future".[37][38] After Durkan met with protesters on June 26, the city reportedly planned to remove most of the CHOP barricades by the end of June 28, limiting the CHOP area to the East Precinct building and the street directly in front of it.[39][40] On the evening of June 28, the zone remained quiet and largely intact.[41] On June 28, CHOP organizers said they wanted to refocus on the abandoned East Precinct police station and away from the sprawling encampment at Cal Anderson Park, where they have struggled to maintain security and which has become a political liability.[42] The Seattle Times, however, found "little sign of an imminent exodus" from the park, adding that "many campers appear to have come less for the protest than for the offer of regular meals and a place to pitch a tent".[42]

In the early morning hours of June 29, a fourth shooting in the zone left a 16-year-old boy dead and a 14-year-old boy in critical condition with gunshot injuries.[43][44][45][46] Calling the situation "dangerous and unacceptable", SPD Chief Best told reporters, "Enough is enough. We need to be able to get back into the area."[47]

On July 1, 2020, after the mayor issued an executive order, Seattle police cleared the area of protesters and reclaimed the East Precinct station.[3][17][48][49][50] In the following days, protests continued in the streets of Seattle.[51]

Background

The SPD East Precinct building's sign on June 10, 2020. The building, boarded up and abandoned, shows "people" spray painted over the word "police".

Capitol Hill is a densely populated residential district situated on a steep hill just east of the city's downtown central business district, known for its prominent LGBT and counterculture communities, as well as its colorful vibrant nightlife. The city of Seattle was previously a center for other mass protests,[52] such as the 1999 Seattle WTO protests[53] and Occupy Seattle.[54]

Protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality began in Seattle on May 29, 2020.[55] For nine days there were street clashes in greater Seattle involving protesters, the Seattle Police Department (SPD), Washington State Patrol, and Washington National Guard.[56]

Capitol Hill clashes (June 1–8)

The formation of the zone was preceded by a week of tense interactions in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that began on June 1, when protesters and police in full riot gear began to face off at a barricade police had set up near the SPD's East Precinct building.[18][57] The SPD used aggressive dispersal tactics, including blast balls,[58] flash bang grenades, and pepper spray.[59] On June 5, Mayor Jenny Durkan and SPD Chief Carmen Best announced a 30-day ban on the use of tear gas.[60][21]

At the request of citizens, on June 6, a group of public representatives (including four City Council-members, a King County Council-member, state Senator Joe Nguyen, and state Representative Nicole Macri) joined demonstrators on the front lines when officers again used flash bang grenades and pepper spray to control the crowd.[22]

During the daytime on June 7, police installed sturdier barricades around the East Precinct and boarded up its windows.[22][61] The situation further intensified that evening after 8 pm, when a demonstrator was shot while trying to slow down a vehicle being driven at excessive speed towards a crowd of 1,000 protesters on 11th Avenue and East Pine Street; the driver then exited the vehicle with a gun and walked towards the police line where he was taken into custody without further incident.[61] It became known that the shooter's brother worked at the East Precinct.[19] [62] Several hours later, after police reported that protesters were throwing bottles, rocks, and fireworks, SPD resumed the use of tear gas (despite the mayor's ban), and released pepper spray and flash-bang grenades, on protesters at 11th and Pine, just after midnight on June 8.[18][23] Over 12,000 complaints were filed about the police response to the demonstrations, and members of the Seattle city council questioned how many weapons had in fact been thrown at the police.[23]

Police boarded up and vacated the East Precinct in the afternoon of June 8 in an effort to de-escalate the situation and rebuild trust.[8][23][2] Protesters, initially suspicious of the police's motives, moved into the area, re-positioned the street barricades at a one-block radius from the station, and declared the area "Free Capitol Hill".[8] Days after the event, it remained unclear who, if anyone, made the decision to retreat from the East Precinct.[63] On June 24, The Seattle Times reported that Mayor Durkan attributed the decision to an unnamed on-scene commander for SPD.[64]

Territory

One of the zone's entrances on June 13, 2020

The zone was initially centered around the East Precinct building, after it was abandoned on June 8, 2020.[65] Barriers were set up on Pine Street for several blocks in order to prevent traffic from passing.[65] The early territory reportedly encompassed five and a half city blocks, including a public park.[20] It stretched north to East Denny Way, east to 12th Avenue (and partially 13th Avenue), south to East Pike, and west to Broadway.[66] Cal Anderson Park was active with demonstrators. Protesters used blockades and fences to construct staggered barricades at intersections.[65] One entrance to the zone's territory was marked by a barrier reading "You Are Entering Free Capitol Hill" on June 9.[8] Other signs declared "You are now leaving the USA."[15] Spray paint renamed the occupied police station as the "Seattle People's Department East Precinct" amid anarchist symbols and graffiti.[16]

On June 16, after city officials came to an agreement with protest organizers on a new footprint,[67] Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews installed concrete barriers wrapped in plywood in several areas of the zone along Pine Street, 10th Ave., and 12th Ave.,[68] effectively shrinking the area.[32] The revised barrier spacing provided improved access for business deliveries and logistics, whereas the design (concrete with added plywood) offered space for decoration by artists affiliated with the protests.[32] The new layout was posted on Mayor Durkan's blog, which explained: "The City is committed to maintaining space for community to come to together, protest and exercise their first amendment rights. Minor changes to the protest zone will implement safer and sturdier barriers to protect individuals in this area."[67][69]

KIRO Radio reported that on June 17, a large tent encampment had been set up on 11th between Pike and Pine Streets and that half of Cal Anderson Park had been "turned into a huge tent encampment with a massive community garden."[70]

On June 18, NPR reported, "Nobody inside the protest zone thinks a police return would end peacefully. Small teams of armed anti-fascists are also present, self-proclaimed community defense forces who say they're ready to fight if needed but that de-escalation is preferred."[71]

The size of CHOP was reduced over time, with The Seattle Times reporting that the area had "shrunk considerably" by June 24, 2020.[33] The demonstrators redirected their focus around the East Precinct on June 23, 2020 when "the Capitol Hill protest zone camp cleared parts of its Cal Anderson Park core."[72]

On June 30, police and other city employees removed a number of the concrete barricades, while concentrating others into an area closer to the East Precinct.[73] That same day, notices were posted to announce a noon closure of Cal Anderson Park for cleaning and repairs, with the garden and art created by protesters to remain undisturbed.[73]

The remaining territory was reclaimed by Seattle police on July 1, 2020.[3][74] That same day, Cal Anderson Park was reportedly closed for repairs.[75]

Culture and amenities

The No Cop Co-op on June 10, 2020

Organizers pitched tents next to the former precinct in order to hold the space. They established the No Cop Co-op on June 9, 2020, offering free water, hand sanitizer, snacks donated by the community, and kebabs. Stalls were set up which offered cuisine such as vegan curry while others collected donations for the homeless.[76] Two medical stations were established in the zone to deliver basic health care.[77] The intersection of 12th and Pine was converted to a square for teach-ins, where a microphone was used to encourage people who were there with destructive intentions to leave the area. An outdoor cinema with a sound system and projector was set up and used to screen open-air movies. Films were screened at one intersection and included 13th, Ava DuVernay's documentary about racism and mass incarceration, and Paris Is Burning, the 1990 documentary film from Jennie Livingston.[78] The Seattle Department of Transportation provided portable toilets.[7] An area at 11th and Pine was set aside as the "Decolonization Conversation Café", a discussion area with daily topics.[79][80] The Marshall Law Band, a Seattle-based hip-hop fusion group, began performing for protesters on June 8, continuing for "nearly a week" to play sets for several hours at a time.[81][82]The city continued to provide services to the area, including waste removal and fire and rescue services; the SPD also stated they responded to 9-1-1 calls within the area.[83] On June 15, KIRO-TV reported a break-in and fire at an auto shop located near the zone, to which the SPD did not respond;[84] Police Chief Best later stated that officers observed the building from a distance and saw no sign of disturbance.[85] It was reported on June 18 that the King County public health department was providing COVID-19 testing in Cal Anderson Park.[86]

A block-long street mural saying "Black Lives Matter" was painted June 10–11, located on East Pine Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.[87] Individual letters in the mural were uniquely painted by local artists of color, with supplies purchased through donations from demonstrators and passersby.[88] Visitors lit small candles and left flowers at three shrines, which featured photographs and notes expressing sentiments related to George Floyd and other victims of police brutality.[89][90] On June 19, special events ranging from a "grief ritual" to a dance party were held in observation of Juneteenth.[79][91]

Vegetable gardens began to materialize prior to June 11 in Cal Anderson Park, where activists started to grow a variety of food products from seedlings.[92] The gardens were initiated by a single basil plant, introduced by Marcus Henderson, a resident of the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.[93][92] Activists expanded the gardens that were "cultivated by and for BIPOC" (those who are black, indigenous, or people of color) and included signage heralding famous black agriculturalists alongside commemorations of victims of police violence.[94]

The Seattle Times on June 11 reported that restaurant owners in the area had an uptick in walk-up business and a concomitant reduction in delivery costs.[95] However, on June 14, USA Today reported that most businesses in the zone had closed, "although a liquor store, ramen restaurant and taco joint are still doing brisk business".[27] Activists lived in tents inside the zone.[96] Outside the zone, urban camping is illegal in Seattle,[97] though even before the zone this law was seldom enforced.[98]

Internal governance

Western entrance to the zone on June 10, 2020, with a sign echoing Free Derry Corner[99]

The Seattle Times referred to demonstrations in the area as the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" and the "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" (CHOP),[10] with NBC News saying CHAZ is "part protest, part commune".[6] Reports described the zone's structure as a cross between Occupy Wall Street and an independent student housing cooperative. Occupants said their intentions are to create a neighborhood without police and a society where the police are no longer necessary.[100]

Occupants of the zone favored consensus decision-making instead of designating leaders who, according to one protester, can be "taken out"—killed or arrested.[4] However, City Journal on June 10, 2020, reported that radical activist and former mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver held a major role within in the zone.[16] Seattle-based hip hop artist Raz Simone was reported by CNN to be the zone's de facto leader,[101] with some publications accusing him of acting in the manner of a "warlord."[102][103] Protesters held frequent town halls to decide strategy and make plans.[5] Seattle officials saw no evidence of Antifa umbrella groups organizing in the zone.[104] On June 15, SPD Chief Best said, "There is no cop-free zone in the city of Seattle." Best indicated officers would go into the zone if there were threats to public safety: "I think that the picture has been painted in many areas that shows the city is under siege", she added. "That is not the case."[85]

Names for the area

The protest area was identified by several names, with the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) most common at the outset, along with Free Capitol Hill. By the second week of formation, the area was also referred to as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest and the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP).

On June 13, a group of several dozen informal protest leaders agreed to change the name from CHAZ to CHOP.[105]

KUOW reported that pavement at one intersection was repainted on June 14 with the new acronym CHOP following a discussion in which many of the most active participants had agreed to officially revise the name to the Capitol Hill Organized Protest for better accuracy.[106] Other media reported the name change on June 15 (King5 and The Stranger), June 16 (Vox), and June 17 (Crosscut).[107][108][12][109]

Demands

Shrine to victims of police brutality located around the corner from the abandoned SPD East Precinct

The stated goals of the protesters were varied. NPR reported that there were three main demands listed by protesters: 1) cut funding for city police by fifty percent, 2) redistribute the funds into community efforts such as restorative justice and health care, and 3) ensure that protesters would not be charged with crimes.[75]

On June 9, a blog post attributed to "The Collective Black Voices at Free Capitol Hill" appeared on Medium, that contained a list of 30 demands including abolition of the SPD and the court system; defund the SPD and reallocate those funds to community health; ban police use of firearms, batons, riot shields, and chemical agents; release prisoners serving time for marijuana-related offenses or resisting arrest, with expungement of their records; mandatory retrials for people of color serving sentences for violent crimes; prison abolition; reform of education to increase the focus on black and Native American history; free college; and free public housing.[24][25] There was reportedly internal debate within the area over how many demands should be put forward, as some believed that the protests were the start of a larger revolution while others believed police brutality should stay the immediate focus.[110]

On June 10, approximately 1,000 protesters marched to the Seattle City Hall demanding the resignation of Mayor Durkan.[111][112]

Security

A sticker in the zone declaring "POLICE NOT WELCOME"

Protesters accepted the open carry of firearms as a provision of safety.[78] Members of the self-described anti-fascist, anti-racist, and pro-worker Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (PSJBGC) were reported on June 9 as carrying rifles in the zone.[8][113] Although the zone fell within[114] the restricted area subject to Mayor Durkan's May 30 emergency order prohibiting the use of weapons including guns,[115] her ban did not mandate enforcement.[114] The Washington Post reported on June 12 that PSJBGC was on site but with no weapons visible,[116] and USA Today the same day reported that "no one appeared armed with a gun".[89] Reporters from a Tacoma-based Fox affiliate were chased out of the zone by occupants on June 9.[83]

During the occupation, area businesses hired private protection services, including Iconic Global, Homeland Patrol Division, and Fortress Security, that deployed men and women, some in uniform and others in plain clothes, armed with AR-15 style rifles and pepper spray, to patrol the zone on foot and in SUVs.[117] Volunteers within the area also formed an informal group to provide security, with an emphasis on de-escalation tactics and preventing vandalism.[118][119] On June 16, Seattle's KIRO-TV quoted an eight-year tenant of an apartment near the East Precinct as saying, "We are just sitting ducks all day. Now every criminal in the city knows they can come into this area and they can do anything they want as long as it isn't life-threatening, and the police won't come in to do anything about it."[120] Frustrated by blocked streets, criminal behavior, and lawlessness, some residents temporarily moved out and others installed security cameras. A man who said he "100 percent" supports the protest told KOMO-TV: "I don't even feel safe anymore."[121] According to The Stranger, on June 18, a volunteer medic intervened during a sexual assault within a tent inside the occupied park area; the alleged perpetrator was arrested and held on $75,000 bail.[122]

On June 25, KOMO-TV reported that Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, a member of the Proud Boys far-right group, was arrested for violating his probation after video showed him allegedly assaulting a man in CHOP.[123][124]

The Seattle Police Department blotter page about the order to clear the area of protesters listed FBI reported law enforcement incidents in the area. It shows 37 incidents in 2019 and 65 incidents through June 30, 2020.[125] Crime in the area from June 2–June 30 rose 525 percent compared to the same period in 2019. In addition to two homicides and two non-fatal shootings, the increase included narcotics use, violent crimes such as rape, robbery, and assault, and elevated gang activity.[126]

Shootings

June 7

On June 7, the day prior to the zone's founding, a man drove into a crowd of protesters and shot another man who reached into his car and tried to stop him.[127][61] The victim suffered a gunshot wound in his upper right arm but was expected to recover fully within a year.[61] The driver was charged with first degree assault.[61]

June 20

On June 20 at 2:19 a.m., local residents reported gunshots in the zone to 9-1-1. At least seven shots were fired in under three seconds.[128] Access by first responders having been denied, after being transported to Harborview Medical Center by volunteers, self-described as "CHOP medics",[129][130][131] a 19-year-old man, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr, was pronounced dead on arrival[131][13] from multiple gunshot wounds[132] and a 33-year-old man[133] was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The shooting occurred at Cal Anderson Park, one block from the empty East Precinct building, abandoned on June 8. SPD attempted to respond but was, according to its blotter, "met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims."[13][127] The New York Times reported that as armed police in riot gear entered the zone, protesters screamed, "The victim left the premises!"[134] City Council member Lisa Herbold, chair of the public safety committee, said the suggestion that the crowd interfered with access to victims "defies belief".[37] A departmental spokeswoman said SPD is reviewing public-source video and body camera video, some of which SPD released,[135][136] but no suspects were in custody. SPD has not determined a motive for the shooting.[127][134] CHOP representatives alleged that the individuals involved may have had history, which seemed to escalate because of "gang affiliations".[137]

The teenager who was killed was an African American[132] had graduated from high school the previous day,[128] and was a local rapper known as "Lil Mob".[138] The deceased victim's father told Sean Hannity on July 1: "My son needed help, and I don't feel like they helped my son."[131] President Trump called the father on July 2, the conversation lasting seven minutes. Family spokesman Andre Taylor said that "Knowing that so many people, including the commander-in-chief, shared in his grief provided him some measure of peace and strength."[131]

June 21

Another shooting occurred on June 21, the second such incident in the zone in less than 48 hours. After being transported in a private vehicle to Harborview Medical Center, a 17-year-old male was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and released. He declined to speak with SPD detectives.[139][140]

On June 22, Mayor Durkan said the violence was distracting from the message of thousands of peaceful protesters. "We cannot let acts of violence define this movement for change," she said, adding that the city "will not allow for gun violence to continue in the evenings around Capitol Hill." The mayor announced that officials are working with the community to bring the zone to an end.[139] "It's time for people to go home," she said, "to restore order and eliminate the violence on Capitol Hill."[141]

At the same press conference, Police Chief Best spoke of "groups of individuals engaging in shootings, a rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction." She added, "I cannot stand by, not another second and watch another black man, or anyone really, die in our streets while people aggressively thwart the efforts of police and other first responders from rescuing them."[142]

June 23

On June 23, there was a third shooting within a span of four days near the zone, leaving a man in his thirties with wounds that were not life-threatening. SPD was reportedly investigating, but the victim refused to provide information about the attack or describe a suspect.[143] Also on June 23, Seattle's KIRO-TV reported that 33-year-old DeJuan Young, who was critically wounded on June 20, was shot in a separate incident by different people and a block away from where Lorenzo Anderson was mortally wounded. His shooting, said Young, was motivated by racism. "So basically I was shot by, I'm not sure if they're Proud Boys or KKK," said Young from his hospital bed. "But the verbiage that they said was hold this 'N-----' and shot me." He worries that his case is not being properly investigated. "I understand everybody's going to say, 'Oh, it was the CHAZ zone and ya'll asked for the police not to be there, so don't act like ya'll need them now."[144] Technically, however, Young was outside the zone.[145] "I was in Seattle streets," he said. "So what's the excuse now?"[144]

June 29

A fourth shooting within the zone in ten days[45] occurred in the early morning hours of June 29. A 16-year-old African American male[44] named Antonio Mays Jr. was killed[3] and a 14-year-old male was in critical condition with gunshot injuries.[44] While searching for evidence, SPD discovered that the crime scene had been disturbed.[46] Police have made no arrests in any of the shootings at CHOP since June 20.[146] According to Marty Jackson, a volunteer medic who witnessed the event, CHOP's security forces shot at an SUV that the teenagers crashed into a concrete barrier.[147] The teenagers had stolen the Jeep hours earlier.[148]

Reactions

Local

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the creation of the zone an attempt to "de-escalate interactions between protesters and law enforcement",[149] while Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said that her officers would look at different approaches to "reduce [their] footprint" in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.[29] City Council member Kshama Sawant, who belongs to the Trotskyist Socialist Alternative party, spoke to the occupants of Cal Anderson Park on June 8, 2020.[8] She called for the protesters to turn the precinct into a community center for restorative justice.[7][109]

On June 10, Assistant Police Chief Deanna Nollette said in a news conference, "We're trying to get a dialogue going so we can figure out a way to resolve this without unduly impacting the citizens and the businesses that are operating in that area." She said police had received reports that "armed individuals" were running barricades set up by protesters as checkpoints, "intimidat[ing] community members", and that police had "heard anecdotally" of residents and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate in the area, adding, "This is the crime of extortion."[150] The following day, Best said the police had not received "any formal reports" of extortion, and the Greater Seattle Business Association said they "found no evidence of this occurring".[95] On June 11, the SPD announced their desire to re-enter the abandoned East Precinct building, and said they still operated within the zone's territory.[150][151] Governor Jay Inslee, on the same day, said the zone was "unpermitted" but "largely peaceful".[104] On June 12, Police Chief Best said, "Rapes, robberies and all sorts of violent acts have been occurring in the area and we have not been able to get to it."[152] In the early morning hours of June 12, an unknown man set a fire at the East Precinct building and walked away; community residents extinguished the flames before they could spread beyond the building's external wall or to the nearby tents.[153] Later that day, Mayor Durkan visited the zone and told a New York Times reporter that she did not know of any serious crime that was reported in the area.[154]

On June 16, a deal was struck between CHOP representatives and the city to "rezone" the occupied area to allow better street access for businesses and local services.[67] On June 17, KING-TV reported that some are frustrated with the occupation of the area near their homes. One couple commented: "What you want from a home is a stress-free environment. You want to be able to sleep well, you want to feel comfortable and we just don't feel comfortable right now." KING-TV reported also receiving anonymous emails from other local residents expressing "real concerns".[155] On June 18, unease was reportedly being expressed by many black protesters about the zone and its use of Black Lives Matter slogans. According to NPR, "Black activists say there must be follow-through to make sure their communities remain the priority in a majority-white protest movement whose camp has taken on the feel of a neighborhood block party that's periodically interrupted by chants of 'Black Lives Matter!'"[71]

Artwork at entrance on Pine St. & 11th Ave. on June 24, 2020

On June 22, the Mayor of Seattle and the Chief of Police stated in a press conference that the police would reoccupy the East Precinct "peacefully and in the near future".[37][38] No specific timeline was provided.[156] On June 24, CNN quoted the "de facto CHOP leader," hip-hop artist Raz Simone, as saying "a lot of people are going to leave—a lot of people already left" the zone.[101]

Also on June 24, Mayor Durkan proposed a hiring freeze on the police force and a $20 million cut to the SPD budget, a reduction of roughly 5% for the remainder of 2020 as part of an effort to compensate for a revenue shortfall and unforeseen expenses due to the coronavirus epidemic. During a public-comment period, some community members said that the budget cut should be larger and that SPD funds should be redirected to housing and healthcare-related spending.[157] The same day, a dozen businesses, residents and property owners filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the City of Seattle, which they alleged had deprived them of due process by tolerating the zone.[158] Stating that they do not wish "to undermine CHOP participants' message or present a counter-message", the plaintiffs declared that their legal rights were "overrun" by the city's "unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood", isolating them from the city's services.[159] The plaintiffs seek compensation for lost business, property damage and deprivation of their property rights, plus restoration of full public access.[158]

On June 30, Community Roots Housing, a public development authority[160] that owns 13 properties housing 694 people in CHOP's vicinity, called for shutting down the protest zone. "These residents have become victims of an occupation better characterized today by its violence, chaos and killings than anything else," the organization wrote. "Forcing us to choose between anarchy and police brutality is a false dichotomy. Compassion and law-enforcement should not be mutually exclusive."[161]

At 5:28 a.m. on July 1, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order[48] declaring "gathering in this area an unlawful assembly requiring immediate action from city agencies, including the Police Department."[3] More than 100 police officers, with help from the FBI, moved into the area and tweeted a warning that anyone remaining or returning would be subject to arrest.[3][162] By day's end, 44 people had been arrested, and overnight another 25 were taken into custody.[3] Seattle police also posted a video on YouTube containing examples of violent incidents in the Capitol Hill area.[3][163]

After reclaiming the East Precinct, the SPD maintained road blocks in the area and restricted access to local residents, workers and business proprietors. Some businesses reported that the continued police presence deterred customers.[164]

National

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Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!

June 11, 2020[165]

On June 9, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas stated that the zone was "endangering people's lives".[83] The next day, President Donald Trump demanded that Governor Inslee and Mayor Durkan "take back" the zone, saying that if they did not do it, he would do it for them.[166] Inslee condemned Trump's involvement in the situation, telling him to "stay out of Washington state's business".[167] Trump followed up by calling the protesters "domestic terrorists".[5] Durkan told President Trump to "go back to [his] bunker".[110] On June 11, Durkan responded further, saying that the president wanted to tell a story about domestic terrorists with a radical agenda to fit his law and order initiatives, but that lawfully expressing first amendment rights to demand better of society was patriotism, not terrorism.[168]

USA Today described the zone as a "protest haven",[89] while the World Socialist Web Site described it as an "anarchistic commune".[169] Conservative pundit Guy Benson mocked the occupation of Capitol Hill as "communist cosplay".[170] National Review contrasted the mainstream media coverage of the zone, which they deemed as sympathetic, to the negative coverage of the 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.[171]

On June 12, the Fox News website published digitally altered photographs of the area, to include a man armed with an assault rifle from earlier Seattle protests; also added to the photographs were smashed windows from other parts of Seattle. In a separate incident, the Fox News website ran articles about protests in Seattle; however, the accompanying photo of a burning city was actually taken in Saint Paul, Minnesota the previous month.[172] "Fox's coverage contributed to the appearance of armed unrest", stated The Washington Post. The manipulated and wrongly used images were removed, with Fox News stating that it "regrets these errors".[173] On June 15, Monty Python co-founder John Cleese mocked a Fox News anchorwoman for reading on air a Reddit post indicating purported "signs of rebellion" within the zone, which turned out to be a joke referencing a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.[174]

Protesters in other cities sought to replicate the autonomous zone in their own communities. Protesters in Portland, Oregon and in Asheville, North Carolina tried to create autonomous zones but were stopped by police.[175][176] On June 12, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee condemned attempts to create an autonomous area in Nashville,[177] warning protesters in the state that "Autonomous zones, and violence will not be tolerated."[178] In Philadelphia, a group established an encampment that was compared to the Seattle occupation; however, their primary focus was not autonomy but to protest Philadelphia's anti-homelessness laws.[179][180][181] In what CNN called "an apparent reference to the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle," protesters on June 22 spray-painted "BHAZ", standing for Black House Autonomous Zone, on the pillars of St. John's Episcopal Church, which sits across the street from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.[182] The next day, President Trump tweeted, "There will never be an 'Autonomous Zone' in Washington, D.C., as long as I'm your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!" Twitter placed a public interest notice on Trump's tweet for violating the company's policy against abusive behavior—"specifically," Twitter explained, "the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group."[183]

Politico reported that CHAZ "was a recurring theme throughout” debate by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee of the Democrat-sponsored police reform bill, on June 17. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) offered an amendment to cut off federal police grants to any municipality that allows an autonomous zone. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), whose district includes CHAZ, blamed Fox News and "right-wing media pundits" for spreading misinformation. The bill was eventually approved by a majority-Democratic vote.[184]

On July 1, 2020, commenting on expulsion of protesters from the zone that day by police, U.S. Attorney General William Barr commended SPD Chief Best "for her courage and leadership in restoring the rule of law in Seattle."[185] White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, "I am pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated ... Anarchy is anti-American, law and order is essential, peace in our streets will be secured."[3] The next day, President Trump said, "I'm glad to see, in Seattle, they took care of the problem, because as they know, we were going in to take. We were ready to go in and they knew that too. And they went in and they did what they had to do."[186]

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