Seattle Mayor on City’s Armed Insurrection: “It’s More Like a Block Party”
Written by Luis Miguel
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D), shown, brushed off concerns over the “cop-free” Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), in which agitators riding the wave of anger over the death of George Floyd have set up barricades and posted armed guards to keep out police — effectively creating an independent nation within six blocks of the city’s downtown.
Speaking on-air to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Durkan said there are four blocks that are “more like a block party atmosphere,” and she pushed back at President Trump’s vows to restore order to the city if local officials fail to do so.
Terming the president’s comments a “threat to invade,” the mayor said:
We’ve got four blocks in Seattle that you just saw pictures of, that is more like a block party atmosphere. It’s not an armed takeover. It’s not a military junta. We will make sure that we can restore this. But we have block parties and the like in this part of Seattle all the time. It’s known for that. So, I think the president, number one, there is no threat right now to the public. And we’re looking, we’re taking that very seriously. We’re meeting with businesses and residents. But what the president threatened is illegal and unconstitutional, and the fact that he can think he can just tweet that and not have ramifications is just wrong.
“The counter will be, block parties don’t take over a municipal building, let alone a police station and destroy it, basically thumbing their nose at any sense of civic control,” Cuomo followed-up. “Do you believe that you have control of your city and that you would be able to clear those streets? Because you haven’t.”
Durkan responded that the picture President Trump has painted of Seattle is wrong and that even if it were accurate, his “remedy is wrong.”
“We have to acknowledge and know that we have a system that is built on systemic racism and we have to dismantle that system piece by piece,” the mayor said.
Despite the mayor’s claim that the president is making out the situation in CHAZ to be worse than it actually is, reports from local sources suggest life in the “cop-free” zone isn’t all holding hands and singing “kumbaya.”
In fact, authorities have gotten wind that extortion is taking place within CHAZ, with leaders of the zone forcing local businesses to pay protection money. Other sources say citizens must present ID to be allowed into their own homes, as CHAZ enforcers do not want anyone from outside the area settling into its borders.
Rapper Raz Simone is believed to have declared himself a warlord and de facto sheriff of CHAZ. He has been seen patrolling the region with an AK-47 and a handgun. In a video posted to Twitter, Simone is seen assaulting someone over painting graffiti — an ironic turn of events considering Black Lives Matter and Antifa’s penchant for graffiti.
Simone has fired back at reports that he is a warlord, accusing President Trump of putting a “hit” on his head for calling him and the others who have taken over the six blocks “domestic terrorists.”
But Durkan doesn’t see anything wrong with losing control of part of the city to a secessionist armed uprising. For her, it’s simply a way for the agitators to express their First Amendment rights.
And during this time, a number one priority every American city has is to protect the First Amendment right. Our country was born out of protest. The right to gather, the right to protest, the right to challenge government when it’s wrong is our most fundamental constitutional right. It’s a reason it’s the First Amendment.
The “sleeplessness in Seattle” is a perfect illustration of what awaits the rest of the country if political leaders give in to the “defund and dismantle the police” crowd. The anarchists who want to abolish local law enforcement can’t wait to be the ones to fill the resultant vacuum of authority.
Already Minneapolis’ city council has unanimously voted on a resolution to proceed with a plan to abolish the city’s police department and replace it with a public safety model that would rely more on sending unarmed social workers to deal with many issues currently addressed by peacekeeping officers.
Minneapolis calls it a “community-led model.” What does that mean? Well, if your community is filled with Antifa and Black Lives Matter, that’s who’s going to do the leading, as with Seattle.
How long does Mayor Durkan expect the lawlessness to continue in the Emerald City?
“I don’t know,” she told Cuomo. “We could have the summer of love.”
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