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As the majority of the country has patiently waited for Seattle officials to take back an occupied section of their city, it seems the residents of this section of the city are tired of waiting.
In a recent video, a longtime resident of Seattle makes the decision to tear down the barricades set up by the protesters in an effort to open his neighborhood back up after a group of anarchists took over a 6 block area, renaming it the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, then after figuring out what that really meant, changed the name to the Capital Hill Occupied Protest.
In the video, you see a resident of the occupied section of the city removing barriers and debris from the street to the dismay of the protesters. At one point, a “largely peaceful protester” can be seen on video walking up to the resident with a large knife in his hand. The resident, who apparently has been watching in horror each day as his neighborhood descended deeper into lawlessness had a surprise for the protester, drawing a pistol from his pocket and ordering the protester to drop his weapon. When that situation was resolved, the resident resumed the tear down of the protest barricades.
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Contrary to many media reports, it seems like this resident is not alone in his dismay for how his neighborhood was abandoned by police and city officials. On June 24th, more than a dozen city residents and business owners filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Seattle after the June 8th decision by city officials to desert the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct.
The 56-page complaint alleges that city officials provided the demonstrators with barriers, public restrooms and medical supplies when they abandoned the precinct, and refused calls for service for the real residents of the area when they left.
“This lawsuit does notseek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter-message,” the lawsuit says. “Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs … which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large.”
“The result of the City’s actions has been lawlessness,” Calfo Eakes LLP, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, told the Seattle Times in a statement. “There is no public safety presence. Police officers will not enter the area unless it is a life-or-death situation, and even in those situations, the response is delayed and muted, if it comes at all.”
The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages to be determined at trial.