Extortion & Armed Guards in Seattle Cop-free Zone, Trump Calls for Order
Written by Luis Miguel
Generations of Americans observing from afar the violent socialist revolutions on other continents likely felt comfortable in the misguided belief that such uprisings could never happen here. But for anyone paying even a modicum of attention to current events, that illusion is now shattered forever.
In the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), the six-block territory encompassing an abandoned police precinct in downtown Seattle, police have reportedly received word of armed guards protecting the makeshift border, along with reports of extortion by leaders of the movement.
Left-wing activists took control of the region earlier this week after the Seattle Police Department withdrew from its East Precinct following days of violent confrontations with the agitators.
“We wanted to be able to facilitate and support peaceful demonstrations,” said Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette.
But now Seattle residents are paying the price for the appeasement strategy employed by SPD and the city’s Democrat leadership.
“We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to this, we need them to call 911,” Nollette said.
Police further say that armed guards surrounding the perimeter of CHAZ have “forced [residents] to show ID to prove you ‘belong’ there.”
One law-enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity told Fox News that people living within the police-free zone have been “begging for help because they are not being allowed into their homes without ID.”
The same official said leaders in the anti-cop zone are “starting to extort money from the local businesses within the border for ‘protection.’”
To make matters worse, police officers have been given orders to keep out of CHAZ unless responding to a 911 call.
McKenzie Diamond, a resident of the “autonomous zone” told Kiro 7 that living under the current conditions has been “a bit stressful.”
“It’s like checking in with somebody to get into your own home,” Diamond recounted. “Just making it so people can get into their buildings. Keep the zone however they want, and move the fencing so people can go home.”
Nollette maintains that “No one at these checkpoints has the legal authority to demand identification from anyone. We ask if anyone is subjected to these demands to call 911 and report the incident.” She also cautioned against those who reportedly want to burn down the abandoned police precinct.
But whether or not the Black Lives Matter crowd has legal authority is a moot point when police and city officials are unwilling to use force to preserve the law.
Instead of planning how to restore order to the area, Nollette speaks of “establishing this dialogue.… What we want to do is give an opportunity for everyone’s tempers to calm, and for us to approach the table with a view towards equality.”
President Trump lashed out at Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and at Governor Jay Inslee, both Democrats, for allowing the city to spiral into lawlessness.
Governor Inslee claims to not know anything about the autonomous zone. “Well, that’s news to me so I’ll have to reserve any comment about that,” the governor told a reporter when asked about it. “I have not heard anything about that, from any credible source. Not that you’re not credible, just before I espouse an opinion, I should know of which I speak.”
Mayor Durkan responded to the president’s tweet with a joke:
Can President Trump legally move to restore order to Seattle?
While the Constitution generally reserves to the states the authority to handle police issues, Article I, Section 8 authorizes Congress to “provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”
With the 1807 Insurrection Act, Congress authorizes the president to use troops when rioting becomes insurrection that “opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.”
There is no doubt that the situation in Seattle has reached the level of insurrection. What else do you call it when armed rioters block off part of the city and say it isn’t part of the United States (the activists sprayed “You are now leaving the USA” on buildings in the autonomous zone) while local law enforcement won’t even dare to set foot in the territory?
Michael Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, has rightfully said that city leadership in Seattle has “lost all the political will to enforce the rule of law.”
This is the result of decades of social engineering and propaganda. The incessant talk about social justice was designed for this end, so that when push came to shove, as it has now, political leaders would be too paralyzed by feelings of “white guilt” to take action.
As George Washington ordered state militias to take down the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, President Trump may ultimately have to act to save the people of Seattle. Because if left up to the local elected officials, the Emerald City may not survive.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American