Yet Another Shooting in Chop – Mayor Still Does Nothing to Protect Residents

We are getting tired of seeing these stories on a daily basis. Anyone with half a brain could have predicted that things would go left in Seattle (no pun intended). Now that the shootings are starting to pile up in the CHOP zone, people want answers. The citizens of Seattle want to know why Mayor Jenny Durkan is sitting on her hands as the violence continues.

The latest shooting took place at Cal Anderson Park, in the north end. Seattle’s police department made the announcement earlier today. Some are trying to say that the park is not ‘technically’ inside of the CHOP zone but it is adjacent. While the shooting may not have taken place in the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, questions still remain.

When a shooting takes place this close to an area where citizens are being allowed to carry firearms with impunity, no one is going to accept the first explanation that they are given. This city has all of the incentive in the world to pin the shootings on other residents. Durkan and her ilk do not want to look like idiots for allowing the CHOP zone to continue in its current incarnation.

The police are not willing to confirm the location of the shooting, either. They are probably rather annoyed that they are forced to remain outside of the zone. The CHOP residents are only willing to contact the police when it is time to pick up the latest body. Those who are injured or killed inside of the zone have no recourse available to them.

When emergency personnel are contacted, they are not even able to head into the zone without being forced to head to a designated waiting area. How is someone whose life is in danger supposed to receive proper assistance when these are the rules that are being made? Fortunately, the victim of the latest shooting is said to be recuperating and does not have any injuries that are considered to be life threatening.

This is good news but the next person may not be so lucky. There are no other details to offer at this time because that’s the way the city likes it. If their stupid experiment goes horribly awry (even more so than it already has), they can feign ignorance. “Oh, that shooting didn’t actually take place inside of CHOP, this is just the right wingers trying to stir up trouble,” they will say.

Mayor Jenny Durkan said it wouldn’t be effective to have authorities clear out the roughly six-block area in the city’s Capitol Hill section. Officials are working with Black-led organizations and “partners in de-escalation” to get the hundreds of people who have occupied the area to leave, she said.

“It’s time for people to go home,” she said, adding that it was time “to restore order and eliminate the violence on Capitol Hill.”…

[Police Chief] Best said the shootings were among crimes that have been reported within the protest zone. She said there had also been a rape, an assault, a burglary, arson and property destruction.

Durkan is claiming that it is time for these folks to go home but she is not trying too hard to make that happen. She could have the authorities clear the place out pretty quickly but of course, Durkan does not want to do that. Instead, she is essentially hoping that they will leave if she asks nicely enough. The city’s officials are now working in conjunction with black led organizations to remedy the current situation.

It’s almost like they should have put a stop to this before people started getting hurt! The sudden about face that Durkan has tried to pull off here is hilarious. She went from actively working to protect the protesters to asking them if they could go home, pretty please. Durkan was calling CHOP not that long ago, too.

MSNBC and CNN were not willing to cover her latest remarks because they go against the “peaceful protesters” narrative that they are both so invested in. They will continue to turn a blind eye to what is going on in the world around them, as long as it aligns with their usual viewpoints. CNN ignoring the news during their prime time programming is especially irresponsible.

News broke during the 7 p.m. ET hour on Monday that Seattle’s mayor said the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality – but CNN’s 7 p.m. program, “Erin Burnett Outfront” did not mention the news as it unfolded.

CNN continued to ignore the news during its primetime programming, as there was no coverage on back-to-back editions of “Anderson Cooper 360” from 8-10 p.m. ET or during Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” which aired from 10-midnight ET.

“Most mainstream media outlets have bent over backwards to portray the civil unrest as peaceful actions supporting the general aims of justice. That narrative gets largely disrupted if those news organizations now focus on the chaos in places like Seattle,” DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.

“Thus, they ignore or downplay recent acts of lawlessness so as to not have to backtrack or explain away the simplistic manner in which they have covered events of recent weeks,” McCall said.

The reports on the latest shooting are alarming and our hearts go out to all of the Seattle residents who are being affected. It is hard not to take some shots at these protesters ourselves. No taxpaying citizen should be forced to live in fear because of a liberal mayor who needed to sit down and leave this to the adults in the room a long time ago.

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