Seattle Insurrection: Protesters Seize Shuttered Police Station, Storm City Hall

By Faye Higbee

Seattle insurrection? Aided by Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant, Black Lives Matter protesters seized an abandoned police station, then stormed city hall to demand the Mayor resign. The police precinct had already been declared  a “cop free zone” by the protesters after the building was abandoned on Monday. Chanting “defund SPD” and demanding that Mayor Jennifer Durkan resign, they established a six block long “autonomous zone” which encompassed the area where the former precinct was located. (Fox)

The Seattle Insurrection

Black Lives Matter listed their demands on Medium. Keep in mind that these are not ideas, they are DEMANDS. Here are some of them, but there are pages more:

“The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand abolition. We demand that the Seattle Council and the Mayor defund and abolish the Seattle Police Department and the attached Criminal Justice Apparatus. This means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority we also demand that the city disallow the operations of ICE in the city of Seattle.
In the transitionary period between now and the dismantlement of the Seattle Police Department, we demand that the use of armed force be banned entirely. No guns, no batons, no riot shields, no chemical weapons, especially against those exercising their First Amendment right as Americans to protest.

We demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline and the abolition of youth jails. Get kids out of prison, get cops out of schools. We also demand that the new youth prison being built in Seattle currently be repurposed.

We demand that not the City government, nor the State government, but that the Federal government launch a full-scale investigation into past and current cases of police brutality in Seattle and Washington, as well as the re-opening of all closed cases reported to the Office of Police Accountability. In particular, we demand that cases particular to Seattle and Washington be reopened where no justice has been served, namely the cases of Iosia Faletogo, Damarius Butts, Isaiah Obet, Tommy Le, Shaun Fuhr, and Charleena Lyles.

We demand reparations for victims of police brutality, in a form to be determined.

We demand that the City of Seattle make the names of officers involved in police brutality a matter of public record. Anonymity should not even be a privilege in public service.

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 decriminalization of the acts of protest, and amnesty for protestors generally, but specifically those involved in what has been termed “The George Floyd Rebellion” against the terrorist cell that previously occupied this area known as the Seattle Police Department. This includes the immediate release of all protestors currently being held in prison after the arrests made at 11th and Pine on Sunday night and early Saturday morning June 7th and 8th, and any other protesters arrested in the past two weeks of the uprising, the name Evan Hreha in particular comes to mind who filmed Seattle police macing a young girl and is now in jail.

We demand that the City of Seattle and the State Government release any prisoner currently serving time for a marijuana-related offense and expunge the related conviction.

We demand the City of Seattle and State Government release any prisoner currently serving time just for resisting arrest if there are no other related charges, and that those convictions should also be expunged.

We demand that prisoners currently serving time be given the full and unrestricted right to vote, and for Washington State to pass legislation specifically breaking from Federal law that prevents felons from being able to vote.”

Their list of demands goes on to include education (free college for blacks), healthcare (hiring black doctors and nurses specifically to care for black patients) and pages more of the demands.

The Seattle insurrection is only the tip of the iceberg across the country as left wing groups battle to control cities. The Democrat Mayor of Seattle, Jennifer Durkan, is being pressured to do things completely counter to normal requests. Will she cave? Is anyone really in charge of Seattle?

Featured photo: screenshot from Seattle protest

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