Occupying Police-Free Space: Why Protesters Continue To Set Up Autonomous Zones
Concerns about violence within autonomous zones have been brought up consistently, with officers responding to a report of shots fired at Cal Anderson Park inside the CHAZ area on Saturday, June 20. On Sunday, another shooting occurred within the CHAZ area, and early this morning, a third shooting occurred. But, it hasn’t been confirmed whether the shootings involved demonstrators tied to the autonomous zone. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Chief of Police stated in a press conference that the police plan to reoccupy the East Precinct and that the zone will be dismantled following the weekend of multiple shootings that protestors maintain they were not involved in. “It’s time for people to go home,” Mayor Durkan said in response. 

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