Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan (Democrat) has fired back at criticism over the Capitol Hill Autonomous Hill (CHAZ) secessionist movement defending the armed Antifa types who have driven off police and set up checkpoints, by saying it is “more like a block party atmosphere” than an “armed takeover.”
Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo questions the occupation of a municipal building and destroying a police station.
What an embarrassment. Durkan said she was not sure how long CHAZ would stay but it could be a “summer of love.”
CHAZ has released a charter with specific demands. Will Mayor Durkan cave into them?
1. Abolition of the Seattle Police Department and attached court system. We do not request reform, we demand abolition. This means 100 per cent of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority, we also demand that the city disallow the operations of ICE [Immigration enforcement] in the city of Seattle.
2. In the transitionary period between now and the dismantlement of the Seattle Police Department, we demand that the use of armed force be banned entirely.
3. We demand the people of Seattle seek out and proudly support Black-owned businesses. Your money is our power and sustainability.
4. We demand that not the city government, nor the state government, but that the federal government launch a full-scale investigation into past and current cases of police brutality in Seattle and Washington.
5. Reparations for victims of police brutality, in a form, to be determined.
6. The retrial of all People in Color currently serving a prison sentence for violent crime, by a jury of their peers in their community.
7. Replace the current criminal justice system the creation of restorative/transformative accountability programs as a replacement for imprisonment.
One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out the tribal identity politics being demanded.
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Sawant tweeted, “Our movement needs to urgently ensure East Precinct is not handed back to police, but is turned over permanently into community control…My office is bringing legislation to convert East Precinct into a community center for restorative justice.”
That summer of love may turn into a winter of discontent for the majority of residents in Seattle, especially if the heavily armed warlord, Raz Simone is out there dispensing rough justice on those that fall out of line.