We know what the result is when a police presence is absent in a society. We see it all the time in third world and worn torn countries when formal public safety protocols break down. People in all societies crave security and safety and when a vacuum forms because of the absence of law enforcement it is filled by other forms of security---the mafia, cartels, gangs, armed militias and the like.Of course, these forms of safety and security are far less accountable and even-handed than the police. You end up with a protection racket where your security and protection becomes akin to a commercial transaction if I may put it so kindly.
Within 24 hours of writing the news came out of Seattle that the Seattle Police Department had vacated its East Precinct building and activists quickly moved in and declared it the 'Seattle People Department."
Here is some detail on how it came about.
...the City of Seattle made the decision to abandon the East Precinct and surrender the neighborhood to the protesters. “This is an exercise in trust and de-escalation,” explained Chief Carmen Best. Officers and National Guardsmen emptied out the facility, boarded it up, and retreated. Immediately afterward, Black Lives Matter protesters, Antifa black shirts, and armed members of the hard-Left John Brown Gun Club seized control of the neighborhood, moved the barricades into a defensive position, and declared it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone—even putting up a cardboard sign at the barricades declaring “you are now leaving the USA.”
Is this a third world country? Perhaps.
This is one of the entrances to the six block area around the East Precinct which they are now calling the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Some are calling it CHAZ.
Yes, you are definitely leaving the United States of America.
They put up fencing and security check points all around the zone. It is unclear to me why activists who argue vociferously that we don't need ICE or a border wall around the United States need a wall around their autonomous zone?
These aerial graphics provide an overview of the zone.
The activists immediately seemed to run into a problem in feeding their people. It appears that not everyone in the world is always fair.
Of course, if possible, bring vegan meat substitutes. That is, unless we really start to starve.
It also apparently didn't take long for the vacuum created by a lack of a police presence to be filled by some of those within CHAZ who allegedly started asking business owners and others to pay for protection. This is anecdotal evidence but the Seattle police reported they are hearing this as well.
Marcus, I can assure you that it will not be a one-time payment. You might as well figure on paying that $500 protection payment for as long as CHAZ is in existence.
It has even been reported that CHAZ already has its first warlord. He is a rapper named Raz Simone who appears to believe in the golden rule.
He who has the most gold chains makes the rules?
Rapper Raz denies he ever declared himself a warlord.
Others are not so sure. This is from a Reddit thread on what is happening in CHAZ.
While a six block area was taken over and cordoned off by activists in the largest city in his state, Governor Inslee claimed last night that he knew nothing about it. You may recall that Inslee was one of the Democrats running for President early this year.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has described what is going on in CHAZ as harmless and similar to a large block party. Yes, if you hadn't guessed it, Durkan is a Democrat.
As far as CHAZ goes, according to the mayor's comments, she sees it as harmless and something akin to Capitol Hill Block Party so it will be allowed to last for now.
Harmless? A Block Party?
We shall see.
I see two immediate dangers in having this type of attitude regarding lawlessness and anarchy and letting it go unchallenged.
First, there is a good chance that we will see others attempt to do the same in other cities if people can do this in contravention of the law in Seattle.
Coming soon to Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York City.? My guess is that any city with weak leftist Democrat mayors is at risk.
Second, when we have seen these types of takeovers of property by radical groups in the past it has not ended well.
What is the end game?
The longer this goes on the greater chance it ends in violence.
The activists claim that they will leave when their "demands' are met.
What are those "demands'?
It is a long list and begins with a demand to abolish the police department. Not only that but they also want to cease making pension payments to former police officers. They make clear they want 100% of the funding of the police taken away. I guess that would include disability payments to officers injured in the line of duty and payments to surviving spouses of those killed in the line of duty as well. We have a real compassionate group of activists at work here.
They also do not want any operations of ICE in Seattle. I guess borders only work for them.
They want a retrial of all people of Color serving prison time for violent crimes.
That previous demand seems redundant to me as they also want an abolition of all imprisonment. If there is no imprisonment what is the point of a retrial? Just let everybody go. In fact, why have any trials at all? That seems to follow naturally as if there are no police to make arrests, there is no need for any trials anyway. Do you see how logical all of this fits together?
Of course, they want free college for the people of Washington. That almost goes without saying anymore by any leftist group.
They want all the money freed up from the police budget (and those pensions) to be reallocated as follows.
We demand that the funding previously used for Seattle Police be redirected into: A) Socialized Health and Medicine for the City of Seattle. B) Free public housing, because housing is a right, not a privilege. C) Public education, to decrease the average class size in city schools and increase teacher salary. D) Naturalization services for immigrants to the United States living here undocumented. (We demand they be called “undocumented” because no person is illegal.) E) General community development. Parks, etc.
Despite the fact that so many have worked tirelessly to integrate and diversify the country over the last 60 years this group of activists also wants to bring segregation back to health care.
We demand the hospitals and care facilities of Seattle employ black doctors and nurses specifically to help care for black patients.
Yes, this is an actual demand from the activists from Seattle which includes Black Lives Matter.
It is hard to believe.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
The best suggestion I have seen is a simple one. Let them have their "country" and let's see how they provide for and govern themselves when they are truly autonomous in every sense of the word.
Have at it!
In the meantime, may this be a lesson to the good people of Seattle and the state of Washington.
You do get the government you deserve even when that government is totally absent.