A Seattle councilor wants to turn the police station in the center of the six-block Capitol Hill Autonomous District into a community center.
Councilor Kshama Sawant: “Our movement needs to ensure that the Eastern Region is not urgently surrendered to the police, but is constantly transformed into community control.” tweeted on friday.
“My office brings legislation to turn the Eastern Region into a community center for restorative justice.”
Last week, the police left the station from the police station on 12th Street and Eastern Pine Street, which is part of the trendy and hip neighborhood, to protesters who demonstrated that George Floyd died in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best later said there was no call for the movement, and city officials said, “It was subjected to heavy public pressure.”
However, Indian-born Sawant, Seattle’s first elected socialist, says it is a peaceful area.
“An incredible field of peace, friendship and dignity and to take the movement forward” He told CNN on Saturday. “It is filled with hundreds of ordinary people, young people, children, families, and this is clearly a movement led by black and brown community members, but it welcomes people from all over the city and region who want to participate in the struggle. . “
However, some reports have offered disturbing details about the area, also known as CHAZ.
A video posted on the weekend showed a demonstrator asking white protesters in the region to give black protesters $ 10, while earlier reports suggested that rapper Raz Simone was established as a “warlord” in the region.
According to the police, there are also reports that local business owners were extorted within the region.
“We heard anecdotally reported that citizens and businesses are asked to pay a fee to work in this area,” Deputy Police Chief Deanne Nollette said last week. “This is an extortion.”
Sawant himself became a controversial figure in the city. Despite their ties to socialism, councilors stated in his 2018 financial statements that he lived in a home of $ 800,000-900,000 and had half a million dollars in the home. KIRO Radio announced at 2018.
According to Zillow, Seattle’s median home value is $ 767,906.