Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best spoke to CNN Sunday, stating that in her opinion, it’s time for the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) to leave.
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Best’s interview was prior to a Monday morning shooting, which marked the fourth such event in the CHOP area in the last week and a half. Over that period, two victims have died, while at least five others have been injured.
“The time has come for us to bring this to a close as soon as we reasonably can,” Chief Best said.
Last Friday, workers from the Seattle Department of Transportation showed up early in the morning in an attempt to remove barricades from the area. Several demonstrators stood in the way of construction vehicles, curtailing those efforts.
Shortly after that, Mayor Jenny Durkan met with a collection of hand-picked organizers to discuss the next steps for the protest. No agreements were reached between Durkan and the assembled demonstrators.
The hope from Best and others is to work with CHOP protesters to resolve the situation.
“We’re going to do as much as we can to work with the folks who are left, but we recognize that at some point there is going to be a reckoning for how we can get this resolved,” she said.
When asked what compromises she’d be willing to offer, though, Best did not provide specific details.
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“I think part of it is that this is not a mutual difference here,” she answered. “We need