The Seattle police chief said that the Seattle police are working to clear a protest area in the city that has become “outlaw and brutal” after weeks of violence, including four shootings and the deaths of teenagers.
The move came after Seattle Mayor Jenny Dorkan announced that the gathering of people in and around the eastern police area and the Cal Anderson Park area was “an illegal gathering,” city police chief Carmen Best said in a statement.
The East was abandoned weeks ago after protesters clashed with Seattle police outside the station’s home following the killing of George Floyd on May 25 by the Minneapolis police. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of demonstrations across the country against racial injustice.
The Occupied Protest Area on Capitol Hill (CHOP) outside the area has been the scene of a series of armed violence during the past several nights that left two black teenagers dead and two others in hospital
President Donald Trump was calling on Washington and Seattle to take measures to expel the demonstrators, describing local terrorists, but as of Wednesday the city authorities were taking a non-confrontational approach.
Wearing an additional level of protection equipment In view of the recent violence, police officers entered the protest area in the early hours of Wednesday morning and have so far arrested 13 people, according to the police department’s Twitter feed.
“The officers continue to issue separation orders and are checking toilets in Cal Anderson, said the police department.
Thanks to the CHOP affiliated individuals who helped officers encourage people to leave the area safely.