The area infamously known as CHOP continues to be a violent epicenter where a 16-year old boy was killed and another teenage boy aged 14 was wounded on Monday.
CHOP Goes as Expected
Initially known as Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), the area was renamed CHOP, which stands for Capitol Hill Organized Protest and is comprised of a district in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood where chaos runs rampant.
The surrounding area was taken over by radical protesters who banished law enforcement and have been “self-policing.” For about three weeks, thugs, rioters, and protesters have taken several blacks around the Police Department’s East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park hostage.
Protesters Continue Anarchy
Since the police have left the area, protesters are still up in arms over George Floyd’s death and what they call systemic racial injustice and police brutality.
The latest shooting leads to increased demands for law enforcement to enter back into CHOP and to stop the madness, but protesters decry they won’t leave until they get what they want.
Just a little over a week ago, another teenager was killed by a shooting in the contentious zone. Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot on June 20th, the Seattle Times reported.
How Will Chop Be Ultimately Handled?
The latest shooting has brought more attention to the anarchy raising in CHOP and has many Americans wondering how it will ultimately be handled.
Reports indicate that the 16-year-old was confirmed dead and the 14-year-old was in critical condition as of 5:40 a.m. Monday morning. As of Tuesday, the living patient’s status improved to serious condition but was still in intensive care.
“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,” police Chief Carmen Best said on Monday.
“We need to be able to get back into the area,” Best continued to say during a news briefing on Capitol Hill. “This is dangerous and unacceptable.”
Footage Shows Shooting
In regards to the latest shooting, surveillance footage revealed the shooting incident that took place. The East Precinct building is shown with a bustling scene in action as gunshots are heard.
“Everyone who’s not armed out here, I need them on the ground,” a voice can be heard yelling.
Shortly after that, more gunshots can be heard and people began to run. A series of a couple more shots happen, and then a vehicle crashes into a barrier. The vehicle then backs up, and several more gunshots are fired. The vehicle then once again crashed and another approximate ten shots occur.
Protesters insist that their actions are not that of violence and that the incident did not involve them.
“The bloodshed you’re talking about has nothing to do with the movement,” Antwan Bolar, 43, who’s camping in a protest zone. “That’s people who would have been doing it in North Seattle or South Seattle anyways — it’s just concentrated here.”
Bolar recanted that he heard several of the gunfire and said: “would have thought it was fireworks if it wasn’t the back-to-back pop-pop-pop.”
When you banish police and use violence as your anthem, what is happening in CHOP is anything but shocking. It is just a matter of how much worse the bloodshed will get at this point.