Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, Seattle © AMY KATZ

June 27, 2020, Seattle, Washington: Protestors meet to discuss their response to the Mayor’s threat to send the police in to open up the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone by morning. which has been under the control of Black Life…

Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, Seattle © AMY KATZ

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June 27, 2020, Seattle, Washington: Protestors meet to discuss their response to the Mayor’s threat to send the police in to open up the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone by morning. which has been under the control of Black Life Protestors, Antifa (Anti-fascism group) and other anti-racism supporters since June 8th. The Protestors have decided they will not leave until more of their demands are met, and are calling supporters to return as they are preparing to face the police who want to move back into the precinct, let cars in and send the protest-campers home. The zone was established when the Seattle Police Department grew weary of patrolling the rallys, abandoned their Precinct and set up cement barriers to corral the activists, a few who are armed, as the open-carry law in Washington State allows. The mostly peaceful protestors have been decorating these and plywood window coverings with art and slogans, all in response to George Floyd’s murder by the hands of Minneapolis police.

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“Ok, so, I…What I would like to see from the Seattle Police Department, I would love to see accountability INTERNALLY with officers that see something going wrong, I’m tired of this covering for each other type of shit, oh sorry, Im tired of this covering for each other, and not allowing people to investigate the fact that there are lawsuits from the police department and the state trying to keep people from investigating wrongful deaths is despicable. And, we as citizen have the right to know how we are being policed. And how they are trying to make changes. We keep hearing these excuses and vague promises of reform from the police and from the mayor and they never mention anything specific. They never address the clear demands that have been made to them and there’s just zero, zero responses so like they dont even care, they wont listen to us because we dont have the money to buy them off because thats what their interest are. So… if we could see some sort of change, just a little bit of transparency would be really great. You can edit that however you want, but, yea.”

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