Seattle Residents & Businesses Sue City For Endorsing & Enabling ‘Lawless’ CHOP Zone

Good for them! When city officials abandon law-abiding residents in favor of anarchists, destruction follows. If my home or business were threatened by lawless criminals, I would first form an armed militia with other concerned citizens to protect lives & property. Hopefully Seattle pays a hefty price for allowing anarchists to take over part of the city.

“A group of Seattle residents who own homes and businesses in what was, until Wednesday, the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone is now suing the city of Seattle over its willingness to “endorse” and enable CHOP’s lawlessness and even tolerate CHOP’s plan to create a “no cop co-op” police-free community.

KUOW Seattle reports that the group filed suit Wednesday night in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

“Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the city’s actions amount to an illegal ceding of public property without due process,” per KUOW. “The lawsuit says the city has actively endorsed and enabled the CHOP.”

The group says its mission is not to undermine the larger purpose of CHOP or even to bring a swift and untimely end to the protest, which announced Wednesday it is “wrapping up” in favor of “virtual activism.” It does, however, want Seattle government officials to mitigate dangers to public safety.

“This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter-message. Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs—businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP—which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large,” the complaint reads.

“The city’s decision,” they continue, “has subjected businesses, employees, and residents of that neighborhood to extensive property damage, public safety dangers, and an inability to use and access their properties.”

The filing alleges that residents and business owners of the CHOP zone have suffered “financial losses” from the protest, though they’ve left it up to the court to determine the actual damages. More than anything, it appears the plaintiffs want the city to allow the police to return to the city’s East Precinct and begin regular patrols in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

“The result of the City’s actions has been lawlessness,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers told media. “There is no public safety presence. Police officers will not enter the area unless it is a life-or-death situation, and even in those situations, the response is delayed and muted, if it comes at all.”

Complaints reportedly began flooding into Seattle’s city government last week, after residents realized the CHOP — which Seattle’s mayor labeled a “block party” and suggested would host the city’s “summer of love” — was becoming a lawless sector at night. Fox News even reported, last week, that some residents and businesses were considering leaving the CHOP zone permanent — and perhaps leaving Seattle altogether.

Over the weekend, CHOP’s troubles became public when a series of shootings left one person dead and at least three people wounded, one remains in critical condition.”

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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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