Seattle seems to have ceded the governance of CHOP to protest groups, including Black Lives Matter, Urban League, Choose 180, Not This Time, Africatown, and others in an effort to make the area a better place to occupy. It appears the police department will mostly stay out of CHOP, except to “respond to significant life-safety issues in the area.” The city defined those as “an active shooter incident, an assault, a structure fire, significant medical emergency (i.e. heart attack stroke, trauma) and other incidents that threaten a person’s life safety.”
That has consequences. On Sunday night, the owner of a car parts store in CHOP said a protester broke in and tried to steal some cash and set a fire. According to an account on local news station KIRO7, the business owner grabbed the suspect and called the cops — “but despite more than a dozen 911 calls, police and fire never showed up.”
Well property is theft, right?