Report: Seattle to hand local fire station over to protesters

In Seattle, it’s the protesters who have the power.

As President Donald Trump calls on the city’s mayor to take back control from a group of anarchists, Seattle announced Friday that it will satisfy demands from protesters to convert a fire station into a community center, the Washington Examiner reported.

Giving in to demands

All across America, protesters have stepped up calls to defund police departments and invest more resources in black communities in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. For the most part, Seattle has responded to unrest with a policy of appeasement.

Indeed, the city announced Friday that it will turn Fire Station 6, a decommissioned station in the city’s historically black Central District, into a center for the black community.

“We at the City of Seattle understand the urgency behind making bold investments in the Black community and increasing community ownership of land in the Central District,” the city wrote in a statement, according to the Examiner.

They went on: “The City believes in the vision behind the William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation and we remain committed to making the transfer of Fire Station 6 to the community a reality.”

Seattle also said that it had received a list of demands from Africatown, a group that works to increase “community ownership of land in the Central District that can support the cultural and economic thriving of people who are part of the African diaspora in the Greater Seattle region,” the Examiner reported.

Leaders losing control

According to local KING5, the city also said that its deputy mayor will work on “next steps” after meeting with the King County Equity Now Coalition, which has called for a 50% reduction to the city’s police budget.

This comes as a group of radicals have taken control of an area of downtown Seattle — which they are calling the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or “CHAZ” — with virtually no resistance from the city’s leaders, the Examiner notes.

There were protests inside CHAZ last week demanding the fire station transfer, according to PATCH, and the denizens of Chaz have released a series of demands, including the abolition of the police and a retrial for every minority in prison serving time for a violent offense.

President Trump, for his part, has slammed Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) and Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee (D), for failing to keep order.

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