Set up by Black Lives Matter protesters and their self-described Antifa “allies” on June 10, the zone was initially known as Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) before it was renamed Occupied Protest (CHOP), apparently in a reference to the French revolutionaries’ beheading spree that preceded the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is centered on the East Precinct, abandoned by Seattle PD on orders from Chief Carmen Best and Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Over the past three weeks, however, four black men have been shot – two of them fatally. The latest incident happened in the early hours of Monday, and claimed the life of a 16-year-old African-American male, while a 14-year-old is in the hospital in critical condition, according to the Seattle PD. The white Jeep Cherokee they were in was found riddled with bullets on 12 Avenue between Pike and Pine – just outside the East Precinct.