Even for 2020, events in Seattle are bizarre: Armed radicals have taken over six blocks downtown, with the de facto blessing of city officials.
It’s the 2011 Occupy Wall Street takeover of Zuccotti Park, but multiplied by a factor of 10 or 20. Indeed, the OWS radicals were tame by comparison, with their drum circles and chants: This crew has at least one guy running around with a pistol and an AK-47.
After nights of violent attacks on the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered a pullout.
The cops boarded up their building — and the radicals moved in, throwing up barriers (sorry, John Lennon), dubbing the area the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, and declaring it cop-free.
Yet guards, who’ve reportedly been checking IDs at the CHAZ borders, are declaring that they are now the police — even if they have no authority or proper training. (Untrained “police”: That’s a fine response to George Floyd’s death.)