Videos show Seattle's CHOP zone after cops oust protesters

by Peter Heck · Jul 2nd, 2020 9:46 am

Last Updated Jul 3rd, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Seattle police officers cleared out protesters from the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone on Wednesday, revealing several city blocks full of graffiti and debris.

Cops moved swiftly through the area, arresting more than 30 people for various charges, including failure to disperse, obstruction, assault, and weapon possession.

After weeks of permitting the occupation, Mayor Jenny Durkan ended the demonstration after two people were shot to death in the lawless zone. Authorities were surprised by the large-scale vandalism that had occurred within CHOP.

"I was just stunned by the amount of graffiti, garbage and property destruction," Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said after she walked around the area.

City sanitation workers had their hands full as they got to work attempting to scrub pavements, sidewalks, and storefronts covered in spray paint.

To prevent re-entry, police have quarantined the zone behind yellow caution tape. The clean-up is expected to take several days.


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