Blog

Seattle Mayor Declares CHOP Protesters Dangerous After They March to Her Doorstep

By Craig Bannister | June 30, 2020 | 2:23pm EDT
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
(Getty Images/Paul Moratta)

Seattle’s CHOP protesters “put families and children at risk” by going to her home, Mayor Jenny Durkan suggested on Sunday after a city councilmember led the protesters to the mayor’s “confidential” address.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Mayor Durkan issued an order requiring protesters to immediately vacate the CHOP zone and directing police to begin arresting anyone who refuses to leave.

“Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant joined a large group of protesters outside the CHOP zone who marched to Durkan’s house on Sunday afternoon,” local NBC affiliate KING-TV reports. Durkan had recently announced plans to disband Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone, which had seized a portion of the city.

The protesters went to Durkan’s home “to bring the demands of the movement” to the mayor, one demonstrator told KING-TV.

“Seattle can and should peacefully demonstrate but should not put families and children at risk,” Mayor Durkan said Sunday night in a statement reacting to the protesters’ visit to her home, adding that Councilmember Sawant led the group to her home “without regard for the safety of the Mayor and her family”:

“Mayor Durkan and her family are in the state program to keep their address confidential because of the death threats mostly related to her work as Seattle’s U.S. Attorney under President Obama. Instead of working to make true change, Councilmember Sawant continues to choose political stunts.

“Tonight she did so without regard for the safety of the Mayor and her family. The Mayor was not even home — she was working at City Hall. Seattle can and should peacefully demonstrate but should not put families and children at risk.”

Three people have died since Mayor Durkan declared the CHOP occupation a “summer of love” – but, now that the protest has come to her home, Durkan believes the movement has gone too far, PJ Media writes in reaction to the mayor’s comments:

“So it’s fine with Mayor Durkan if you are subjected to threats and have your free speech and other constitutional rights violated for days and weeks on end. She has allowed this condition to fester for thousands of Seattle residents.

“But show up to protest on her doorstep? That’s going too far.”

CNSNews Reader,

The media are hard at work weaving a web of confusion, misinformation, and conspiracy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNSNews covers the stories that the liberal media are afraid to touch. It drives the national debate through real, honest journalism—not by misrepresenting or ignoring the facts.

CNSNews has emerged as the conservative media’s lynchpin for original reporting, investigative reporting, and breaking news. We are part of the only organization purely dedicated to this critical mission and we need your help to fuel this fight.

Donate today to help CNSNews continue to report on topics that the liberal media refuse to touch. $25 a month goes a long way in the fight for a free and fair media.

And now, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can make up to a $300 gift to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of your choice and use it as a tax deduction on your 2020 taxes, even if you take the standard deduction on your returns.

— The CNSNews Team

DONATE

Connect

Sign up for our CNSNews Daily Newsletter to receive the latest news.