This morning a large group of lawsuits has emerged regarding the city of Seattle’s handling of the CHOP zone.
City businesses and residents are suing the city for disregarding their constitutional rights to safety by allowing the occupied protest to go on. The protest began on June 8th. Since it began, two people were shot and killed and two people were seriously injured inside the zone. Police were able to enter, but in a limited capacity and with a great deal of resistance.
Organizers of CHOP disbanded the occupied protest over the weekend, encouraging everyone to be moving on to the next stage of the protest, which they are calling the “virtual stage.” They plan to take their messages viral to communicate from here on out.
Among the list of businesses suing the city are;
- Hunter’s Capital,
- Liquor and Wine,
- Sage Physical Therapy
- Several Real Estate Investors
- Lock And Key
See the full list in the image below
From the lawyer representing the citizens:
“The result of the City’s actions has been lawlessness,” Calfo Eakes LLP, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, told the Times in a statement. “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.”
Interestingly enough, according to a Fox News Report, plaintiffs have stated that the city actually provided the demonstrators with roadblocks and supplies.
The plaintiffs allege that city leaders provided the demonstrators with barriers, public restrooms and medical supplies – in effect supporting the occupation of the neighborhood and hindering the efforts of local businesspeople, employees and residents to reach their buildings, receive deliveries and provide services, the Seattle Times reported.
Do you think the citizens have a case?
Let me know in the comments below. I read them all.