SEATTLE FINALLY CLEARS DOWNTOWN
Police clear CHOP zone and make arrests after mayor orders protesters to leave
SEATTLE FINALLY CLEARS DOWNTOWN AFTER VIOLENCE
Police in Seattle converged on the city’s protest zone early Wednesday.
Making arrests and sweeping through streets that demonstrators occupied for weeks to protest police brutality and systemic racism.
Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order for protesters to vacate the area, and police enforced it.
The decision to clear the area, first known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, then the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP, followed an outbreak of violence.
At least two fatal shootings occurred in the CHOP in recent weeks.
Police said other shootings, robberies and violence have occurred since protesters took over the area after police abandoned their East Precinct nearby.
Police Chief Carmen Best said she supports peaceful protests, but……
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