When CNN’s Chris Cuomo interviewed Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan about the George Floyd protests in her city during the summer of 2020, she described the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone as a “block party” atmosphere, not an “armed take over.” She predicted that it might even turn into a “summer of love.”
Mayor Durkan concluded the TV interview communicating, “We take public safety very seriously. … We don’t have to sacrifice public safety for First Amendment rights. Both can exist, and we’ll make sure that both exist in Seattle.”
Before the summer of 2020 was over, the six block-occupied protest area evicted the police precinct and quickly devolved into chaos, becoming the site of multiple deadly shootings. The protesters demanded Seattle cut their police budget in half, shift funding to community programs and services in historically Black communities and ensure that protesters would not be charged with their crimes.
Chief Carmen Best, the first African American woman to lead the Seattle Police Department, resigned shortly after the City Council drastically cut the department’s budget.
The former police chief recently commented on the Reducing Crime Podcast with Jerry Ratcliffe, the media portrayal of the CHOP was intentionally misrepresented to make it appear more peaceful and safe than it actually was.
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SOURCE: Charisma News