Police in Seattle have received reports that the area of seattle that was captured by rioters, is now being protected by armed guards, with businesses inside of the zone facing potential extortion.
“We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to this, we need them to call 911,” Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette said on Wednesday.
The 6 block region known as the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) appears to have succumbed entirely to the mob rule of the left.
Officers evacuated the area in an effort to quell the violence according to Nollette who said, “We wanted to be able to facilitate and support peaceful demonstrations.”
Unofortunately, it looks like the radical left wing protestors have no real desire for peace.
Police say the armed guards surrounding the perimeter of the region have been forcing residents who live within the boundaries “to show ID to prove you “belong” there, “resembling a scene eerily reminiscent to that of Nazi behavior early on in the holocaust.
Meanwhile, people living and working in the area — which includes numerous bars, restaurants, businesses and private residences — have been “begging for help because they are not being allowed into their homes without ID.”
The leaders of CHAZ are also reportedly “starting to extort money from the local businesses within the border for ‘protection.'”
Mckenzie Diamond, a resident who lives within the borders said the experience has been “a bit stressful.”
“It’s like checking in with somebody to get into your own home,” Diamond said to a local news outlet. “Just making it so people can get into their buildings. Keep the zone however they want, and move the fencing so people can go home.”
“No one at these checkpoints has the legal authority to demand identification from anyone. We ask if anyone is subjected to these demands to call 911 and report the incident,” Nollette said.
“While Washington is an open-carry state, there is no legal right for those arms to be used to intimidate community members, “she added.
Nollette also said that police are aware of threats to burn down the East Precinct, which she said “would endanger residents, firefighters and businesses.”
The police department is looking to start negotiations with the leaders of the protest movement to gain access to the police precinct but are unsure of who is leading the demonstrations.
“It’s just a matter of establishing this dialogue. We’d love nothing more than to be able to open our precinct buildings,” Nollette said. “What we want to do is give an opportunity for everyone’s tempers to calm, and for us to approach the table with a view towards equality.”
While rioters within the boundaries posted photos to social media attempting to portray the scene was entirely peaceful, it’s hard for them to hide the facts.
One resident in the area told police that there were “tents lining my streets, barricades littered throughout the intersection by protestors, and civilians walking around with AR15s,” according to Fox News, “And the noise has not stopped.”
President Trump vowed during an exclusive interview with Fox News that he “won’t let Seattle be occupied by anarchists,” and will “straighten it out” if local leaders do not.
Trump said his administration is “not going to let Seattle be occupied by anarchists.”
“If there were more toughness, you wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis — and in Seattle, I mean, let’s see what’s going on in Seattle,” Trump said. “I will tell you, if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”