Horace Anderson, the father of a 19-year-old that was fatally shot in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone (CHOP) in June, has filed a lawsuit against Seattle, King County, and Washington state, seeking $1 billion from each.
"This case warrants punitive or exemplary damages in order to punish the City of Seattle, County of King, the State of Washington and their agents for their outrageous conduct that allowed lawlessness to reign," the Anderson family attorney Evan Oshan said. Such failure to protect citizens must not be allowed to happen again."
Oshan's law firm's website claims "the actions and inactions by the city of Seattle, County of King and State of Washington are directly responsible for creating a hazardous, and lawless situation that resulted in the shooting death of his son."
"It is important to hold our government leaders accountable so this will not happen again, Oshan said. "Those in positions of power must not be allowed to hide from their duty to act responsibly and protect citizens. With power and prestige comes responsibility!"
The firm's website lists some of the reasoning behind the claims, calling the CHAZ/CHOP saga "a totally lawless situation":
- The City of Seattle allowed the existence of the Capital Hill Occupied Protest; "Chop Zone" for approximately one month, therefore, creating unsafe, dangerous and lawless environment.
- Protesters called the zone a no-cop zone after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) boarded up and left its East Precinct building.
- Capital Hill Occupied Protest; "Chop Zone" was dismantled on July 1, 2020. (approximately two weeks after Lorenzo's death).
- The City of Seattle had knowledge of the chaos, dangerous and unacceptable situation the Chop Zone created.
"The thing that we really need to focus on is that there was a, an individual who lost his life unnecessarily and he, it was predictable, it was preventable, and this should have never happened," Oshan said.