On Saturday, a 19-year-old man was killed inside the zone, and for a second straight night, gun violence erupted inside the supposed “Peaceful” nation of CHOP.
At least one person was shot on Sunday night inside Seattle’s autonomous protest zone, where demonstrators have settled during the civil unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.
The Seattle Police Department said in a tweet at 11:26 p.m. that one person had suffered a gunshot wound while inside the area and that a second shooting may have taken place.
“Police investigating reported shooting inside CHOP zone,” the department wrote. “One person at HMC with gun shot wound.”
Police investigating reported shooting inside CHOP zone. One person at HMC with gun shot wound. Hearing reports of a second shooting, but have not be able to verify at this time. Conflicting reports, will update with more information when available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 22, 2020
The Peaceful Nation Of CHOP
The formally known Chaz “CHOP zone” refers to the so-called Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, which was originally created as a space for nonviolent demonstration but almost immediately devolved into violence.
Officers responding to the shooting said they had trouble getting to the scene because they were “were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims.”
Seattle Police last week said that they would only enter the zone for “significant life-safety issues.”
Mike Solan, president of a police union representing more than 1,000 Seattle officers, said after the shootings that he fears for both the safety of law enforcement and the community at large.
“The community is at grave risk, and the men and the women that provide that public safety service, they’re at grave risk as well,”
Solan urged Seattle police to release all body-cam footage of the early Saturday incident to show the public the dangers officers face daily.