Seattle Capitol Autonomous Zone

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Seattle's Socialist War Zone

Jeff Katz
June 22, 2020 - 5:07 pm

One of the leaders of Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) was outraged that Seattle EMTs refused to enter the autonomous zone after two men were shot inside on Saturday morning. One later died of his gunshot wounds.

Seattle rapper Raz Simone has become known as one of the leaders of the CHOP - formerly known as CHAZ - but has also been called a "warlord" after video emerged of him shouting "This is war" and ordering "armed paramilitaries to guard the barricades in shifts."

Simone has also reportedly been filmed assaulting protesters who don't follow his orders, telling them that he is the "police" now (in a zone that was formed to defy the police), according to the City Journal.

After the shooting early Saturday morning inside the CHOP, Simone posted a livid tweet conveying his anger at Seattle paramedics for not coming into the zone to help the injured protesters.

WARNING: Strong Language.

The Seattle Fire Department responded by releasing a statement explaining why the EMTs did not enter the CHOP.

"On June 20, 2020 at approximately 2:19 a.m., 9-1-1 received reports of a shooting at 10th Ave and E. Pine St. SPD officers responded to the scene and SFD dispatch was notified," the statement read. "Between 2:26 and 2:28 a.m. SPD officers staged at 12th Ave and Cherry St. and initially entered the scene but were unable to secure the location for SFD medics."

The SFD further stated that an SPD presence was necessary before entering the scene in order to ensure the safety of the medics.

"Due to SFD’s existing policy of staging and requesting law enforcement to first secure the scene before entering for scenes of violence, SFD units staged at Broadway and Pine St. at 2:25 a.m," the department said, "This is a standard procedure for any scene of violence and is also currently in place for any fire and medical emergency inside the area deemed the CHOP due to firefighter safety."