Franklin Graham took to Facebook following the long-awaited dismantling of the autonomous zone, “CHOP”, set up by protesters in Seattle. Rev. Graham warning Democrats who refuse to condemn lawlessness, ‘playing with anarchy is always dangerous’:
The Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area in Seattle has had murders of young black teens, shootings, rapes, robberies, intimidation, destruction of property. It’s certainly not a “block party” or a “summer of love” as Seattle’s Democratic mayor naively said earlier. It’s disgraceful and should never have been allowed to happen. Anybody with common sense knew the direction it would go.
I agree with Seattle’s Police Chief, “Enough is enough,” and I’m glad to see they’re now trying to take down the barriers and clear out the area.
Why hasn’t the Democratic leadership in this country condemned this kind of dangerous lawlessness? By their silence, they are condoning what’s going on.
Playing with anarchy is always dangerous. There are some who would like nothing better than to defund the police departments and see mayhem consume our nation. This is an election year. And don’t waste your vote on party lines–vote for candidates at every level who stand with the Constitution and back law and order. Join me in praying that God would open the eyes of the people of this nation to discern and understand what is taking place and what is at stake.
Breitbart Report –
At Least 23 Arrests as Seattle Police Clear Out CHOP: ‘Failure to Disperse, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, and Assault’
Seattle Police have arrested at least 23 individuals following Mayor Jenny Durkan’s (D) order to clear out the “autonomous” zone, known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), as authorities continue in reclaiming the zone held by demonstrators for weeks.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced it had made at least 23 arrests as of 7:45 a.m. local time for “failure to disperse, obstruction, resisting arrest, and assault.”
“One of the arrestees, a 29-year-old man, was in possession of a large metal pipe and kitchen knife when he was taken into custody,” the department noted.
SPD also revealed that city workers had recovered makeshift spike strips “designed to puncture vehicle tires—in the area of the CHOP”:
Mayor Durkan issued an executive order on Wednesday to clear out the autonomous zone, citing “several gun violence incidents — two of which resulted in the loss of life — hostile crowds, the inability of emergency personnel to move quickly and efficiently in the area due to the barriers, narcotics use and violent crime — including rape, robbery, and assault — increased gang activity, business harassment, noise disturbances, property damage, open fires, and ongoing violations of the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Code of Conduct,” as Breitbart News detailed:
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a Wednesday statement that police “will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor’s order.”
SPD has provided updates on social media throughout the morning’s recovery process.
“Officers enforcing today’s order are wearing a higher-level of protective gear,” the department noted. “Police are utilizing this equipment because individuals associated w/the CHOP are known to be armed and dangerous/may be associated with shootings, homicides, robberies, assaults &other violent crimes”:
Officers, according to SPD, are also investigating “several vehicles circling the area of today’s operation.”
“Police have observed individuals in the vehicles with firearms/armor,” SPD said. “The vehicles also appear to be operating without visible license plates.”
Several pictures and videos across social media show police continuing in their efforts to clear out the area: