Is CHOP getting the chop? Barricades at Seattle’s cop-free zone are torn down

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Barricades at Seattle’s ‘occupied’ protest zone were torn down Tuesday, just a day after a deadly shooting at the camp left a black teenager dead. 

Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks. Police had abandoned the precinct following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. 

But by Tuesday morning crews were working to pull down the barriers footage from KIRO7 shows. Protesters were then filmed lining up plastic barriers, couches and trash cans in attempt to replace concrete barricades.

The apparent move to dismantle the area follows the shooting death of the unidentified 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Monday morning. A 14-year-old was also critically injured when eyewitnesses say armed security inside the zone fired 300 rounds.    

Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an ‘active war zone’ and said: ‘I don’t think we’re gonna stop here.’  

He told KUOW it was CHOP’s own armed security who fired at the car driven by the teen after it crashed into a barrier, killing him and critically wounding the 14-year-old. 

Warning people not to come to the CHOP zone Jackson added: ‘Because now it’s like pretty much an active war zone. Now you have security and medical always looking around waiting to see the next.’  

Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks

Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks

 Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks

Police had abandoned the precinct following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. But by Tuesday morning crews were working to pull down the barriers

Police had abandoned the precinct following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. But by Tuesday morning crews were working to pull down the barriers

Police had abandoned the precinct following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. But by Tuesday morning crews were working to pull down the barriers

New footage from inside Seattle's 'occupied' protest zone shows the chaotic scenes in the immediate aftermath of a shoot out which left a 16-year-old Jeep driver dead

New footage from inside Seattle's 'occupied' protest zone shows the chaotic scenes in the immediate aftermath of a shoot out which left a 16-year-old Jeep driver dead

New footage from inside Seattle’s ‘occupied’ protest zone shows the chaotic scenes in the immediate aftermath of a shoot out which left a 16-year-old Jeep driver dead

The clips, taken in the early hours of a Monday morning, show the bullet ridden vehicle in the moments after gunfire broke out

The clips, taken in the early hours of a Monday morning, show the bullet ridden vehicle in the moments after gunfire broke out

The clips, taken in the early hours of a Monday morning, show the bullet ridden vehicle in the moments after gunfire broke out

New footage from inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone had shown the chaotic scenes and the bullet ridden vehicle in the immediate aftermath of the shoot out Monday. 

Those inside CHOP said they started shooting at the Jeep only after two teens opened fire on them and drove into a barricade. 

Witnesses had said the car had driven at speed through the zone. Medic Jackson said he recognized the two boys as youngsters who had been around the CHOP zone in the days prior to the shooting. 

A second video showed people running through barricaded streets past tents. One person confirms there are people wounded in the zone as others shout out.

Neither victim has been named and no suspects are in custody. Police say the crime scene ‘had been disturbed’ and had pledged ‘enough is enough’. 

DailyMail.com has contacted both the police and the Mayor’s office on how they plan to deal with the area going forward. 

The apparent move to dismantle the area follows the shooting death of the unidentified 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Monday morning. A 14-year-old was also critically injured when eyewitnesses say armed security inside the zone fired 300 rounds

The apparent move to dismantle the area follows the shooting death of the unidentified 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Monday morning. A 14-year-old was also critically injured when eyewitnesses say armed security inside the zone fired 300 rounds

The apparent move to dismantle the area follows the shooting death of the unidentified 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Monday morning. A 14-year-old was also critically injured when eyewitnesses say armed security inside the zone fired 300 rounds

A second video shows people running through barricaded streets past tents

A second video shows people running through barricaded streets past tents

A second video shows people running through barricaded streets past tents

Neither victim has been named and no suspects are in custody. Police say the crime scene 'had been disturbed' and have pledged 'enough is enough'

Neither victim has been named and no suspects are in custody. Police say the crime scene 'had been disturbed' and have pledged 'enough is enough'

Neither victim has been named and no suspects are in custody. Police say the crime scene ‘had been disturbed’ and have pledged ‘enough is enough’

DailyMail.com has contacted both the police and the Mayor's office on how they plan to deal with the area going forward

DailyMail.com has contacted both the police and the Mayor's office on how they plan to deal with the area going forward

DailyMail.com has contacted both the police and the Mayor’s office on how they plan to deal with the area going forward

TIMELINE OF VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE’S CHOP ZONE

June 8: Protesters occupy the area; police abandoned the precinct

June 20: A 19-year-old man is shot dead and a 33-year-old man was wounded 

June 24: Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city 

June 29: Two teens shot – one fatally – in Jeep at zone’s concrete barriers 

June 30: Barricades at Seattles’ cop-free zone are torn down as protesters replace concrete barriers with trash cans and couches 

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Local reports say one of the boys in the jeep was bundled into a car and driven to a nearby ambulance. Medics say they drove away after they ‘encountered a Nissan Pathfinder driving erratically towards them with someone riding on top of the vehicle’. 

A Seattle Fire Department spokesperson said they viewed the car as a ‘threat’, adding: ‘The crew was unaware during this time that this vehicle was carrying a patient.’ 

One unnamed protester told The Seattle Times: ‘I saw two young men lying on the ground. They were covered in blood. I had never seen anything like that.’

Another added: ‘We need to defend ourselves.’ 

But Seattle police Chief Carmen Best said: ‘I’m not going to let the detractors and the naysayers and the agitators be the ones that are the voice here.’ 

‘It is abundantly clear to our detectives people had been in and out of the car after the shooting. We’re not sure who shot at the car or why they shot at the car’, police chief Best added. 

‘Detectives searched the Jeep for evidence, but it was clear the crime scene had been disturbed,’ police said in a statement. 

Councilmember Kshama Sawant said: ‘Violence was happening on Capitol Hill and in other parts of the city long before the CHOP occupation was created by the movement and we should completely reject the false claims — claims that have no basis in statistical analysis — that the CHOP occupation and the movement was the reason for any of the violence.’

Records show homicides had occurred in the neighborhood in 2020 until Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot on the protest area on June 20. 

His father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, said: ‘This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more. That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.’ 

Police said they are investigating after a man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded following a shooting at Seattle's CHOP zone on Monday morning

Police said they are investigating after a man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded following a shooting at Seattle's CHOP zone on Monday morning

Police said they are investigating after a man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded following a shooting at Seattle’s CHOP zone on Monday morning

Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that they saw several unidentified people firing shots into the vehicle, police say. The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep remained at the scene Monday morning

Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that they saw several unidentified people firing shots into the vehicle, police say. The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep remained at the scene Monday morning

Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that they saw several unidentified people firing shots into the vehicle, police say. The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep remained at the scene Monday morning

Records show homicides had occurred in the neighborhood in 2020 until Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot on the protest area on June 20

Records show homicides had occurred in the neighborhood in 2020 until Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot on the protest area on June 20

Records show homicides had occurred in the neighborhood in 2020 until Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot on the protest area on June 20

Witnesses had reported seeing a white Jeep SUV near one of the makeshift barriers around the protest zone about 3 a.m. Monday, just before the shooting

Witnesses had reported seeing a white Jeep SUV near one of the makeshift barriers around the protest zone about 3 a.m. Monday, just before the shooting

Witnesses had reported seeing a white Jeep SUV near one of the makeshift barriers around the protest zone about 3 a.m. Monday, just before the shooting

Those inside the zone say CHOP security guards, who are self-appointed and heavily armed, started shooting at the Jeep only after the teens opened fire on them and drove into a barricade.  

A female CHOP protester could be heard screaming for their self-appointed security to have their ‘eyes up’ because there were ‘two people with guns’ in a ‘stolen white Jeep’.

When the Jeep came around the corner moments later, at least three loud gunshots could be heard before the teens crashed into the barricade. About a dozen shots were fired after the car crashed. It is not clear from the footage who the first gunshots came from.

A male could be heard in the surveillance screaming: ‘Get on the ground’, ‘Oh you’re not dead huh?’ and ‘You want to get pistol-whipped?’   

Witnesses had reported seeing a white Jeep SUV near one of the makeshift barriers around the protest zone about 3 a.m. Monday, just before the shooting, a police statement said.

Callers to 911 said several people fired shots into the vehicle. Police said that two people who were probably the occupants of the vehicle were transported to a local hospital.

The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center, police said. The second victim, a 14-year-old boy, was hospitalized with gunshot injuries. He was reported in critical condition. 

It is the second deadly shooting in the area that local officials have vowed to change after business complaints and criticism from President Donald Trump.     

The violence that came just over a week after another shooting in the zone left one person dead and another wounded was ‘dangerous and unacceptable’ police Chief Carmen Best said.

‘Enough is enough,’ Best told reporters. ‘We need to be able to get back into the area.’

Police Chief Carmen Best said detectives had searched the jeep but it was clear people had gone into the vehicle before police could investigate

Police Chief Carmen Best said detectives had searched the jeep but it was clear people had gone into the vehicle before police could investigate

Police Chief Carmen Best said detectives had searched the jeep but it was clear people had gone into the vehicle before police could investigate

The Seattle 'zone', which includes apartment buildings and businesses, also contains the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, which cops abandoned after receiving a threat that the station would be overrun and burned down

The Seattle 'zone', which includes apartment buildings and businesses, also contains the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, which cops abandoned after receiving a threat that the station would be overrun and burned down

The Seattle ‘zone’, which includes apartment buildings and businesses, also contains the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, which cops abandoned after receiving a threat that the station would be overrun and burned down

Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks. 

Police abandoned the precinct following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality.   

Best said the shootings are obscuring the message of racial justice that protesters say they are promoting.

‘Two African American men are dead, at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter. But they’re gone, they’re dead now,’ the police chief said.

Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city would start trying to dismantle what has been named the ‘Capitol Hill Organized Protest’ area. 

City workers on Friday tried to remove makeshift barriers erected around the area but stopped their work after demonstrators objected.

A volunteer works security at an entrance to the CHOP zone on June 10

A volunteer works security at an entrance to the CHOP zone on June 10

Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks. Police abandoned the precinct following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality

A person stands on a corner in the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on Monday. Four shootings in less than two weeks have taken place in the vicinity

A person stands on a corner in the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on Monday. Four shootings in less than two weeks have taken place in the vicinity

A person stands on a corner in the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on Monday. Four shootings in less than two weeks have taken place in the vicinity

Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday, claiming officials have been too tolerant of those who created the zone and that officials have deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue existing.

The business owners said they were not trying to undermine the protesters’ anti-police-brutality and Black Lives Matter messages.

But the owners said they have suffered because the creation of the zone has limited their access to their businesses and that some owners trying clean graffiti from their storefronts or attempting to photograph protesters have been threatened.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders. He tweeted Monday morning that the protesters ‘have ZERO respect for Government.’

Some demonstrators in the occupied zone say the demonstration isn’t the reason for the shootings.

‘The bloodshed you’re talking about has nothing to do with the movement,’ Antwan Bolar, 43, told The Seattle Times. ‘That’s people who would have been doing it in North Seattle or South Seattle anyways — it’s just concentrated here.’