Seattle is finally taking action to end the police-free zone known as "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" or "CHOP" after two shootings, one of which was deadly.
According to the mayor, violence was taking away from the changes being sought by the peaceful protesters with regards to police brutality and racial inequality.
"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," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a news conference. "The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased."
Shootings Inside Seattle CHOP Zone
A 19-year-old man died in a Saturday shooting and another person was injured. On Sunday a 17-year-old was injured when shot in the arm.
More from Fox News:
Demonstrators inside CHOP have been mostly peaceful -- handing out free food and playing music -- but a more dangerous atmosphere has become evident at night. Residents and business owners have voiced concerns over safety and access for emergency first responders.
Volunteer medics inside the zone brought the victims of Saturday's shooting to the hospital rather than wait for the police and fire departments, who were preparing to respond before entering.
"There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can't go," Durkan said.
A list of demands has been issued by the protesters including defunding police and addressing other social issues.
Please read and share: Open letter to the leaders, organizers, and #CHOP community. Physical copies will be available at the 2pm community meeting today. #CHOPcomms #seattleprotests #chazseattle #CHOPseattle #chopshooting #CHAZCHOP #CapitolHill #Seattle pic.twitter.com/hkKKeCTCQi
— VOICES OF CHOP (@ChopVoices) June 21, 2020
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