Seattle Fil-Am activists say despite dismantling of “CHOP” zone, the calls for change continue

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order for the downtown area known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone to be cleared, after recent fatal shootings.

Mayor Durkan issued an executive order for the area to finally be cleared — as officers, clad in heavy protective gear — arrested 31 people for failure to disperse and assault.

Vicente Rafael, a history professor at the University of Washington, said there was a lot of national attention on Seattle’s CHOP protest.

“At the expense of the other developments around Black Lives Matter, which of course, the primary thing is not just police brutality but institutionalized racism,” Rafael said. “Police brutality, defunding the police and so forth, that will continue to be at the forefront of political discussions, especially since this is an election year.”

Moving forward, Durkan shared in a briefing that her administration will work with the community to rethink policing — with a proposal to cut 20 million dollars from the Seattle police’s budget.

Durkan also plans to invest in communities of color — including a $5 million funding for Black youth summer learning.

Filipino activists who participated in the demonstrations said that ongoing reform is necessary.



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  • Mario
    4 July 2020 at 1:54 am - Reply

    The Governor and the Mayor Democrats, BLM, Antifa, and Protestors wanted to defund and abolished the Police Forces. TRUMP said during the TULSA rally, “Thank you. thank you, he closed his hands in prayer, look upward. the Democrat made me re-elected… They want to abolish the Police.. 80% of the Americans wanted the Police to stay instead of the BLM and Antifa to take care of the City peace and order.