Thursday, June 11, 2020

This is What "No Police" Looks Like in Seattle

Protesters have taken over the area around the East Police Precinct in Seattle. The precinct building has now been abandoned by the police.

The protesters are now calling the area they control "The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone."

So what goes on in this police free zone?

The Seattle Times reports:
[Assistant Seattle police chief Deanna Nollette] said police have heard from Capitol Hill community members that some protesters have set up barricades in the neighborhood – and are apparently demanding to see people’s ID, and in some instances, residents and business owners have been asked to pay a fee to operate in a roughly six-block area around the precinct.
Meanwhile, Forbes magazine reports that protesters in Seattle took over City Hall for about an hour Tuesday night and demanded the resignation of the city’s mayor. They then retreated to the Autonomous Zone.

Socialist Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant led the march on City Hall.

When asked about the lack of social distancing in City Hall on Tuesday, Sawant recognized that the demonstrators were taking a risk, according to the Times. “It does (enhance the risk),” she said. “I don’t deny it. The rebellion is still happening. That shows you the complete failure of capitalism as a system.”

“Taxing Amazon is absolutely a part of Black rights ... It’s about actually putting dollars on the table to address inequities affecting the Black community,” Sawant also said.

And there you have it. This is the thinking of the Defund the Police movement.

It is not about ending government coercion against private individuals, it is about putting aggressive power in the hands of the radical left that desires to loot capitalism.

Here are some of the 30 demands of the "Collective Black Voices at Free Capitol Hill" (the autonomous zone) to the state of Washington:

  • The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand abolition. 
  • We demand a retrial of all People in Color currently serving a prison sentence for violent crime, by a jury of their peers in their community.
  • We demand that the funding previously used for Seattle Police be redirected into: A) Socialized Health and Medicine for the City of Seattle. B) Free public housing, because housing is a right, not a privilege. C) Public education, to decrease the average class size in city schools and increase teacher salary. D) Naturalization services for immigrants to the United States living here undocumented. (We demand they be called “undocumented” because no person is illegal.) E) General community development. Parks, etc.
  • We demand the de-gentrification of Seattle, starting with rent control.
  • We demand free college for the people of the state of Washington, due to the overwhelming effect that education has on economic success, and the correlated overwhelming impact of poverty on people of color, as a form of reparations for the treatment of Black people in this state and country.
  • We demand that thorough anti-bias training become a legal requirement for all jobs in the education system, as well as in the medical profession and in mass media.



  1. The second one is particularly odd. Shouldn't the more critical demand be for retrials of those sentenced for NON-violent crimes?

  2. "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."