It was a summer of love…until it wasn’t.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) has quit ignoring reality and will move to dismantle CHOP, the anarchist commune in her city’s downtown she once seemed to defend, following a spate of shootings over the weekend, according to Fox News.
Durkan to dismantle CHOP
For two weeks, Seattle’s leaders gave free reign to a group of anarchists who took control of a police precinct and a six-block area of downtown that they declared to be their own “autonomous zone.” The mob set up barricades and released a list of bossy demands, including the full abolition of the police.
At its apex, the police-free empire of CHOP, formerly known as CHAZ, inspired mockery and horror as state and local leaders refused to take action.
But after days of cowering before the mob, Mayor Durkan has apparently been jolted out of her fit of woke idealism.
At a press conference Monday, Durkan said that the CHOP would be shut down and that police would reclaim control of their precinct in the area, which they previously left to the mob, according to ABC News.
“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said, according to CBS News. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”
Violence ends social experiment
The turning point came when a 19-year old man was killed in a shooting Saturday inside the CHOP. According to Seattle radio outlet KOMO, a mob prevented police from responding to the fatal incident, which also left a 33-year old man critically injured. Another shooting on Sunday left a 17-year old with wounds to his arm.
“There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said afterward.
President Donald Trump previously called on Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to reclaim control from “anarchists” in the area.
But Trump’s calls for order were met with navel-gazing and biting comebacks from Durkan, who likened the occupied area to a street festival and a “summer of love,” even as the city’s police chief reported that cops were left unable to respond to rapes and burglaries taking place in the zone.
Durkan failed her city. She needs to resign.