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Bulldozers destroy the camp in CHOP, Seattle's cop-free zone


Cleanup began on Wednesday in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone in Seattle after city police recaptured their district after the mayor ordered early morning to evacuate the area.

Bulldozers moved in and destroyed the camp, where demonstrators occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. Officials left the building on June 8 after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality.

But the Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, say the move to close the zone is "several deaths too late" after two black men were shot.

At least 31 people were arrested on Wednesday in the CHOP zone, where the two deadly shootings and crimes increased by more than 500 percent in just over three weeks.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell tweeted, “Finally. Twenty-one days and several deaths late. The rule of law must not be faded in or out with the fashion of the radical left. & # 39;

Representative Doug Collins added, “It is sad that the Mayor of Seattle needed two deaths to finally realize what we knew all along. WE NEED OUR POLICE! & # 39;

Images show garbage and debris that city workers collect with their tents and protest signs removed. The police said they had "found improvised spike strips that were supposed to pierce vehicle tires" in the CHOP area.

The 31 arrests were due to lack of distraction, disability, assault, and illegal gun ownership, they added.

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Cleanup began on Wednesday in Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone

The Seattle Department of Transportation begins removing plywood outside the closed Seattle Police East Precinct

The Seattle Department of Transportation begins removing plywood outside the closed Seattle Police East Precinct

Images show garbage and debris that city workers collect with their tents and protest signs removed

Images show garbage and debris that city workers collect with their tents and protest signs removed

Bulldozers moved in and destroyed the camp, where demonstrators occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. Officials left the building on June 8 after clashes with protesters

Bulldozers moved in and destroyed the camp, where demonstrators occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. Officials left the building on June 8 after clashes with protesters

Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, say the move to close the zone is "several deaths too late" after two black men were shot

Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, say the move to close the zone is "several deaths too late" after two black men were shot

People had occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct

People had occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the gathering at East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park for an "unlawful gathering" and demanded that all obstacles be removed in a command issued early in the morning on Wednesday.

The Seattle police confirmed in a tweet early Wednesday that they would "be in the area this morning to enforce the mayor's order."

Combat equipment officers issued a removal order at 5 a.m., which led to the 31 arrests within 30 minutes, fearing that the demonstrators could now move to the western district.

Police tweeted, "Since suspects from the recent shootings may still be in the area and many people in the area have firearms, Seattle police officers involved in this morning's response will be equipped with additional protective gear."

Eyewitness Omari Salisbury said, "The Seattle police basically recaptured the area in less than 30 minutes, five feet at a time, with the bike officials in front of them."

When Carmen Best spoke in front of the area on Wednesday morning, she confirmed that her officers, with the help of the Bellevue police and the FBI, had recaptured the area, but could not set a time frame for moving back.

She said, "Our job is to support peaceful demonstrations, but what has happened on these streets in the past two weeks is lawless and brutal, and the bottom line is simply unacceptable."

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders. He tweeted Monday morning that the demonstrators "have zero respect for the government."

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the gathering at East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park for an "unlawful gathering" and demanded that all obstacles be removed in a command issued early in the morning on Wednesday

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the gathering at East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park for an "unlawful gathering" and demanded that all obstacles be removed in a command issued early in the morning on Wednesday

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders

Garbage and debris can be collected by city workers outside the SPD's eastern district

Garbage and debris can be collected by city workers outside the SPD's eastern district

Seattle police appeared in the city's occupied protest zone early Wednesday, demolished demonstrator tents and used bicycles to guard the demonstrators after the mayor ordered the area to be cleared after two fatal shootings

Seattle police appeared early Wednesday in the city's "occupied" protest zone, demolished demonstrator tents and used bicycles to guard the demonstrators after the mayor ordered the area to be cleared after two fatal shootings

The police swarmed around the area known as CHOP around 5 a.m. At least 31 people were arrested, police chief Carmen Best said

The police swarmed around the area known as CHOP around 5 a.m. At least 31 people were arrested, police chief Carmen Best said

Clearance: City crews are dismantling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area outside of the cleared East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department

Clearance: City crews are dismantling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area outside of the cleared East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department

Police are clearing campers from Cal Anderson Park while city crews are dismantling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area

Police are clearing campers from Cal Anderson Park while city crews are dismantling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area

Police detain a person while city gangs are dismantling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area. Thirty-one people were arrested this morning

Police detain a person while city gangs are dismantling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area. Thirty-one people were arrested this morning

Police detain a man while city crews dismantle CHOP, which demonstrators have occupied since June 8

Police detain a man while city crews dismantle CHOP, which demonstrators have occupied since June 8

Officers wore helmets, truncheons and rifles and gathered in the field at dawn

Officers wore helmets, truncheons and rifles and gathered in the field at dawn

The officers stood shoulder to shoulder on several streets, while others set up a temporary fence with their bicycles to push the demonstrators out of the center of the zone

The officers stood shoulder to shoulder on several streets, while others set up a temporary fence with their bicycles to push the demonstrators out of the center of the zone

Seattle police moved in on Wednesday to retake their district in the city's "occupied" protest zone

Seattle police moved in on Wednesday to retake their district in the city's "occupied" protest zone

Eyewitness Omari Salisbury said, "The Seattle police basically recaptured the area in less than 30 minutes, five feet at a time, with the bike officials in front of them."

Eyewitness Omari Salisbury said, "The Seattle police basically recaptured the area in less than 30 minutes, five feet at a time, with the bike officials in front of them."

SCHEDULE OF VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE'S CHOP ZONE

8th June: Demonstrators occupy the area; The police left the area

20th June: A 19-year-old man is shot and a 33-year-old man is wounded

June 24th: Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city

June 29th: Two teenagers shot – one fatally – in a jeep at the zone's concrete barriers

June 30th: Barricades in Seattle's head-free zone are demolished as demonstrators replace concrete barriers with trash cans and sofas

July 1:

Early hours : Mayor Jenny Durkan demands that all barriers be removed after the number of violent crimes in the region has increased by 525 percent

5 am: The police rave about the zone

5:30 in the morning: According to eyewitnesses, officials have cleared the area

7am: Chef Carmen Best confirms that the police have recaptured the area

Police said: “Since the demonstrations in the East Precinct area began on June 8, two teenagers have been killed and three people seriously injured in night shootings. The police have also documented robberies, abuses and other violent crimes.

"Since suspects from the recent shootings may still be in the area and numerous people in the area are in possession of firearms, the Seattle police force involved in this morning's response will be equipped with additional protective equipment."

At least 100 police officers swarmed in the zone known as CHOP at around 5 a.m., and a loud bang was heard around 6:15 a.m., followed by a cloud of smoke.

The officers tore down the demonstrators' tents and used bicycles to guard the demonstrators.

The police tore down fences protesters had set up around their tents and poked bushes in batons, apparently looking for people to hide inside.

Most of the demonstrators appeared to have dispersed a few hours after the start of operations, and armed officers watched from the roofs as clean-up crews of workers arrived to dismantle tables and tarpaulins that demonstrators had set up in the zone.

The protester Rick Hearns used his megaphone to tell the demonstrators: “We made history. Everybody out. We'll get another place. Don't mock the officers. & # 39;

The officers stood shoulder to shoulder on several streets, while others set up a temporary fence with their bicycles to push the demonstrators out of the center of the zone.

Chief Best said: “The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four gunfighting, two deaths, robberies, assaults, violence and numerous property crimes were carried out in this block area. & # 39;

In a tweet about their steps towards dismantling the area police, it says: “The police observed people in the vehicles with firearms / armor. The vehicles also appear to be driving without visible number plates.

"Anyone who stays in the area or returns to the area will be arrested."

Police confirmed that a 29-year-old man was in possession of a large metal pipe and kitchen knife when he was detained.

The police also released a video documenting the violence in CHOP in the past few weeks.

The crews had already used heavy equipment on Tuesday to remove provisional barriers in the CHOP zone after the two fatal shootings.

But demonstrators dragged sofas and other items to replace the structures. These were largely gone later on Tuesday.

The volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an "active war zone". The cleanup Wednesday can be seen above

The volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an "active war zone". The cleanup Wednesday can be seen above

The step to mine the area follows the death of a 16-year-old boy named Antonio Mays Jr. in the early morning of Monday. A 14-year-old was also seriously injured when eyewitnesses said armed security in the zone 300 shots fired.

19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson was shot dead on June 20 at the protest site.

His father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, said: “It doesn't look like a protest to me anymore. It looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want. & # 39;

The volunteer medic, Marty Jackson, described the area as an "active war zone" and said, "I don't think we will stop here."

He told KUOW that it was CHOP's own armed security service that shot the car the teenager drove after crashing into a barrier, killing him and seriously injuring the 14-year-old.

Jackson warned people against coming into the CHOP zone and added, “Because it's pretty much an active war zone now. Now you have security and medicine that are always looking around and waiting for the next one. «

City crews are dismantling the CHOP area outside the Seattle Police Department's cleared East Precinct on Wednesday

City crews are dismantling the CHOP area outside the Seattle Police Department's cleared East Precinct on Wednesday

People kneel in front of a line of police officers on bicycles while the Seattle police reclaim the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) area, including their East Precinct, in Seattle

People kneel in front of a line of police officers on bicycles while the Seattle police reclaim the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) area, including their East Precinct, in Seattle

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the city's "occupied" protest zone an "illegal gathering" on Wednesday. The Seattle police confirmed on Wednesday that they would "be in the area this morning to enforce the mayor's order."

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the city's "occupied" protest zone an "illegal gathering" on Wednesday. The Seattle police confirmed on Wednesday that they would "be in the area this morning to enforce the mayor's order."

People occupied several blocks around a park and the East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department for about two weeks. The police left the building after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality

People occupied several blocks around a park and the East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department for about two weeks. The police left the building after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality

Seattle police blocked a street with their bicycles in the organized protest zone of Capitol Hill early Wednesday

Seattle police blocked a street with their bicycles in the organized protest zone of Capitol Hill early Wednesday

A protester stands with her hand in front of a street that was blocked by the Seattle police in Capitol Hill's organized protest zone early Wednesday.

A protester stands with her hand in front of a street that was blocked by the Seattle police in Capitol Hill's organized protest zone early Wednesday.

The police tore down fences protesters had set up around their tents and poked bushes in batons, apparently looking for people to hide inside

The police tore down fences protesters had set up around their tents and poked bushes in batons, apparently looking for people to hide inside

Most of the demonstrators appeared to have dispersed a few hours after the start of operations, and armed officers watched from the roofs as clean-up crews of workers arrived to dismantle tables and tarpaulins that demonstrators had set up in the zone

Most of the demonstrators appeared to have dispersed a few hours after the start of operations, and armed officers watched from the roofs as clean-up crews of workers arrived to dismantle tables and tarpaulins that demonstrators had set up in the zone

Immediately after the shooting on Monday, footage from the zone had shown the chaotic scenes and the vehicle riddled with bullets.

City workers tried to remove makeshift barriers that were erected in the area on Friday, but stopped working after protesters raised objections.

Seattle deputy chief of police, Adrian Diaz, said Tuesday that the large temporary barriers were being gradually removed to allow traffic to move through parts of a blocked road.

"Everything's peaceful so far this morning, so that's a good sign," Diaz told the Seattle Times.

Police said a 29-year-old man was in possession of a large metal pipe and a kitchen knife when he was detained

Police said a 29-year-old man was in possession of a large metal pipe and a kitchen knife when he was detained

Police said a 29-year-old man was in possession of a large metal pipe and a kitchen knife when he was detained

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the gathering at East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an "illegal gathering" and called for all obstacles to be removed after the region's violent crime rate increased by 525 percent

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the gathering at East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an "illegal gathering" and called for all obstacles to be removed after the region's violent crime rate increased by 525 percent

Critics, including President Trump, increasingly called for protesters to be removed from the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest area east of downtown.

Protesters say they should not be held responsible for the violence in the region. On Tuesday, people continued to add artwork, flowers, and candles to a memorial to the 16-year-old.

Chief Best said the shootings obscure the racial justice message promoted by demonstrators.

Nearby businesses and property owners also filed a federal lawsuit against the city last week. They said the officials were too tolerant of those who created the zone, and the officials had deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue to exist.

Also on Tuesday, Mayor Durkan asked the city council to investigate council member Kshama Sawant. He accused her of opening the town hall to demonstrators on June 9 and taking part in a protest march to Durkan's house on Sunday.

"You and the organizers knew that my state confidentiality program address was protected against me because of threats that were primarily related to my work as a US attorney," wrote Durkan.

Sawant said she didn't organize the march and didn't take Durkan’s words personally, the Seattle Times reported.

"In reality, this is an attack on the movements of the working class and on everything we fight for, by a corporate politician who is desperately trying to distract from her mistakes in leadership and her politically bankrupt administration," Sawant said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Sawant and other councilors asked the mayor to resign because of the police agency's militaristic response to protests. Durkan said she won't step down.

Carmen Best, Seattle Police Chief, said: “The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings - two fatal attacks, assaults, violence and innumerable property crimes - have occurred in this multi-block area in this area. & # 39;

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had called for all barriers to be removed from the city's "occupied" protest zone after the region's number of violent crimes increased 525 percent

Mayor Jenny Durkan rightly called for all barriers to be removed from the city's "occupied" protest zone after the number of violent crimes in the region increased 525 percent. Chef Carmen Best, right, said: “The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence and innumerable property crimes have occurred in this block area. & # 39;

The police also released a video documenting the violence in CHOP in the past few weeks.

The police also released a video documenting the violence in CHOP in the past few weeks.

The clips, shot early in the morning of a Monday morning, show the bullet-ridden vehicle in the moments after the gunfire broke out

The clips, shot early in the morning of a Monday morning, show the bullet-ridden vehicle in the moments after the gunfire broke out

Protesters stand one block away on barricades, while Seattle Department of Transportation employees Tuesday other barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and remove the Pine St.

Protesters stand one block away on barricades, while Seattle Department of Transportation employees Tuesday other barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and remove the Pine St.

Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday. They alleged that the officials were too tolerant of those who created the zone and that the officials had deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue to exist.

The business owners said they were not trying to undermine the anti-police brutality and messages from the demonstrators' Black Lives Matter.

But the owners said they suffered because the creation of the zone restricted their access to their shops and threatened some owners who tried to remove graffiti from their shop windows or photograph protesters.

A second lawsuit was filed on Monday by lawyer Jacob Bozeman. He said, “Surrender the authority to an unelected, unauthorized, and armed group of people to decide who can come and go, who can be searched and confiscated, and under which parts of the city you can come and go out of fear physical Retaliation against you is unconstitutional. & # 39;

BILD: 16-year-old boy shot dead in CHOP when police publish pictures of armed men roaming the streets in the zone on the night of his death

The 16-year-old boy, who was shot in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone in Seattle, was named Antonio Mays Jr.

Mays Jr. was killed in the early hours of Monday after eyewitnesses said the area's armed security had fired on the jeep he was driving. A 14-year-old boy was also seriously injured in the shootout.

Seattle police recovered their territory in the city's "occupied" protest zone on Wednesday after the mayor finally issued an order to clear the area early in the morning.

Law enforcement also released a video documenting the violence in CHOP over the past few weeks. On the night of May's death, armed men are seen roaming the area.

An eyewitness said 300 shots were fired the night of his murder.

Antonio Mays Jr. was killed in CHOP in the early hours of Monday

Antonio Mays Jr. was killed in CHOP in the early hours of Monday

A second teenager, Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot dead in the area on June 20

A second teenager, Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot dead in the area on June 20

DailyMail.com contacted the police to get the latest information on the fatal shootings and find out where the suspects in the video were

DailyMail.com contacted the police to get the latest information on the fatal shootings and find out where the suspects in the video were

The police have released a video documenting the violence in CHOP in recent weeks. Armed men are seen on the night of Mays Jr.'s death

The police have released a video documenting the violence in CHOP in recent weeks. Armed men are seen on the night of Mays Jr.'s death

DailyMail.com contacted the police to get the latest information on the fatal shootings and find out where the suspects in the video were.

His death was the second deadly shootout in the region after a 19-year-old was killed on June 20.

A second teenager, Lorenzo Anderson (19), was shot dead on June 20 at the protest site.

His father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, said: “It doesn't look like a protest to me anymore. It looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want. & # 39;

BILD: Fox News reporter is back in the Seattle CHOP zone "after pushing a woman" two days after being caught in his car by dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Fox News reporter Dan Springer was pictured in Seattle's CHOP zone on Wednesday – two days after he was caught in his car by Black Lives Matter protesters.

An angry mob trapped the correspondent in his vehicle DailyMail.com announced Monday after a BLM member claimed it had been pushed by King.

River, a BLM protester at CHOP, told DailyMail.com that Springer had urged a woman to the event and told her to come back and asked the woman to throw her coffee at him.

Springer then retired to an off-road vehicle in which private armed security guards protected the car when a group of 50 people barricaded the vehicle and asked him to apologize.

After 20 minutes the angry crowd stopped and another vehicle stopped. Springer jumped in and sped off, the audience said.

Fox News' Dan Springer was pictured in the Seattle CHOP zone on Wednesday

Fox News' Dan Springer was pictured in the Seattle CHOP zone on Wednesday

River said the group was protesting Fox News and Springer over the network's alleged fake news about CHOP when the incident occurred

River said the group was protesting Fox News and Springer over the network's alleged fake news about CHOP when the incident occurred

At some point the demonstrators jumped on the hood of the SUV and put a barricade in front of it so that Springer could not leave the area

At some point the demonstrators jumped on the hood of the SUV and put a barricade in front of it so that Springer could not leave the area

Fox News correspondent Dan Springer was trapped in his car in Seattle after allegedly pushing a demonstrator, DailyMail.com may disclose

Fox News correspondent Dan Springer was trapped in his car in Seattle after allegedly pushing a demonstrator, DailyMail.com may disclose

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