Business owners in Seattle are fleeing the city after weeks of protests, rising crime, and the ‘CHOP’ autonomous zone; directly blaming their “socialist” council for the breakdown of everyday life.
From Fox News:
Joey Rodolfo, the owner of a clothing store in Seattle, Wash., told “Fox & Friends” that he plans to move out of the state, citing “no leadership” and a “socialist” city council as reasons for his decision.
Rodolfo, the co-founder of Buki clothing, made the comments as authorities in Seattle are making preparations to retake the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or CHOP, after several shootings and a number of other crimes have been reported in what protestors have declared a “cop-free zone.”
Demonstrators moved in and occupied the neighborhood on June 8 after police pulled out of their East Precinct building following more than a week of protests over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, some of which grew violent. Floyd died while in police custody.
“I will tell you what’s currently happening in Seattle,” Rodolfo said on Wednesday. “We have people in leadership positions where we have no leader.
“We have seen this happen in the private sector and you know what eventually happens without leadership right? Companies usually die in the private sector,” he continued.
“Since we have no leadership and we have a city council that’s so socialist, there really is very, very little support for businesses. As far as the city reaching out to small businesses like ourselves, or any business, there has been zero.
“In fact, most of the attention has been focused on CHOP, making sure that people in CHOP are well taken care of, but there has been absolutely no support or no encouragement for us to reopen our stores and have any significant sense that there will be a future here if we were to keep our businesses in Seattle or the state of Washington.”
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SEATTLE SPIRALS: Police Chief Has ‘Epiphany’ After Visiting ‘CHAZ,’ Says ‘Policing Will Never Be the Same’
Seattle’s embattled Police Chief had an “epiphany” over the weekend after attending George Floyd protests; saying “policing will never be the same.”
“I was looking at the 60,000 people that were there, signs saying, you know, defund the police, stop police brutality, you know, no qualified immunity. And there were thousands of people carrying those particular signs,” said Chief Carmen Best.
“And I just realized it was a moment, an epiphany, that this is a pivotal moment in history. We are going to move in a different direction and policing will never be the same as it was before,” she added.
“We need to re-imagine and re-figure out how we’re going to move forward as a country and as an organization to make things better for everybody,” she said during the interview with “Face the Nation.”
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BATTLE for SEATTLE: President Trump Tells Local Officials ‘Take Back Your City, OR I WILL’
President Trump vowed to restore law and order in Seattle Thursday after protesters stormed city hall, demanded the mayor’s resignation, and created a six-block ‘Autonomous Zone’ in the heart of the city.
“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!” posted Trump on Twitter.
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“We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to this, we need them to call 911,” Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette said on Wednesday.
Protesters calling to defund the police and make sweeping reforms to law enforcement tactics have declared a six-block region — spanning 13th Avenue past 11th Avenue, near Cal Anderson Park, and from East Olive Street to East Pike Street — the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ).
The region encompasses the SPD’s East Precinct, which was abandoned by cops on Monday following days of violent clashes between law enforcement and protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death, as well as parts of Capitol Hill.
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