Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) Orders Closure of CHOP Due to ‘Ongoing Violence and Public Safety Issues’

Jul 01, 2020


Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) has issued an executive order vacating the “autonomous” zone in the city, otherwise known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), citing ongoing gun violence, rape, robbery, assault, increased gang activity, and property damage in the area.

“Effective at 12:00 p.m. noon on June 30, Cal Anderson Park was closed. At 2:00 a.m. on July 1, 2020, the entirety of the Cal Anderson Park Area shall be close to the public to restore public safety, open roadways, remove obstructions to roadways, and public rights of way, and to accomplish full closure and restoration/cleaning of Cal Anderson Park,” Durkan’s executive order reads.

Seattle Police Department will enforce the closure and “provide dispersal orders” for anyone refusing to leave the area. Those who refuse to leave “will be subject to arrest.”

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