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Socialist Seattle City Council member Ksharma Sawant suggested on Saturday that a deadly shooting inside the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone was a “right-wing attack” which she laid at the feet of President Donald Trump.
As previous reports noted, two people were shot inside the zone early Saturday morning, one fatally. Details of the incident remain unclear, as police were unable to enter the zone to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the 19-year-old.
Police investigating shooting at 10th Avenue and East Pine. Will update with additional information when available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 20, 2020
“Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims,” the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. “Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.”
“Officers responded to Harborview and were informed that one of the victims, a 19-year-old male, had died from injuries. The other victim, also a male, unknown age, remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspect or suspect(s) fled and are still at large. There is no description at this time,” the statement continued, as reported by the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
According to the Seattle Times on Sunday, police have few clues and have not released the names of either victim, as the second one remains in critical condition. But Sawant thinks she has the low-down.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the black protester who was tragically killed this morning by gunfire at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Socialist Alternative and I stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the victim, and with the injured protester now in the hospital, as well as with all community members and fellow activists,” she said in a statement published by MyNorthwest.
“Though we await confirmation of the details of the killing, there are indications that this may have been a right-wing attack. If so, this would not be the first such attack on the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter protest,” Sawant noted, without evidence. “As many recall, an armed man drove into the protest action on June 8, and shot black activist Dan Gregory, who had heroically intervened to stop the driver.
“We need immediate solidarity with the protest at the CHOP, and unity in our movement against reactionary violence. Our movement refuses to be intimidated,” she continued, before implicating the president as somehow having played a role in the shootings.
“It is no accident that right-wing hate and violence has grown dramatically with Donald Trump in the White House. If this killing turns out to be a right-wing attack, President Trump bears direct responsibility, since he has fomented reactionary hatred specifically against the peaceful Capitol Hill occupation, and even threatened to intervene with federal troops,” she charged.
Critics took Sawant to task both for her baseless accusation and for the fact that without law enforcers, lawlessness becomes more prevalent.
And if it would, a fully functioning precinct could have attempted a quick arrest. When you have lawlessness and no cops, bad guys take advantage. Always.
Want the park? Want the streets? I don’t care. Take em if the neighborhood wants it. But we need the police station. /2
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) June 20, 2020
They would be outraged and marching the streets if it was white supremacists. This is just Sawant’s typical petty way of riling people up for sport.
— Photo_Taker (@Phototater) June 20, 2020
you know it wasn’t right wing extremists by the whole ‘nobody saw nothin’
— Curtis Woodard (@curtinsea) June 20, 2020
— Jody L. Collins (@JodyLeeCollins2) June 20, 2020
Bingo. And she also distorted the other shooting by a Latino man who shot out of fear and ran into the police station to escape the rioters. No white supremacist there.
— Photo_Taker (@Phototater) June 20, 2020
As for the president’s threat to use the military, he appears to have backed off employing federal intervention in what are clearly local issues — which some analysts believe is exactly the right thing to do.
“It’s certainly frustrating to watch a pack of reeking leftist scumbags declare a portion of an American city an “autonomous zone” – what is it with Democrats and their secession fetish? – but do not get frustrated because Donald Trump has not sent the 101st Airborne in to powerwash the human grunge from Seattle’s feces-bedecked streets,” Kurt Schlichter, an L.A.-based trial lawyer, and retired U.S. Army officer, wrote this week.
“That’s what the Democrats want. And Trump – a better strategic thinker than all the media geniuses, hack politicians, and Afghan War-losing generals who cry about him – is not only not going to give them the victory they crave. He’s going to jam their cheesy plan down their throats,” he added.
As of Sunday, the Seattle Times reported, police detectives had not released any updated information regarding their investigation into the two shooting victims.
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