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Seattle mayor announces city will reclaim police-free autonomous zone taken over by demonstrators

June 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Seattle's mayor told protesters Monday "it's time for people to go home" and leave the Capitol Hill neighborhood they have established as an autonomous zone.

(CNN)Seattle's mayor told protesters Monday "it's time for people to go home" and leave the Capitol Hill neighborhood they have established as an autonomous zone.

Demonstrators will not be removed by force, Mayor Jenny Durkan said, but the city will be working with Black-led community organizations to speak with leaders of the "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" to persuade them to leave the area.

All police were pulled out of the Seattle Police Department precinct in the neighborhood as tensions boiled over during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

But this weekend brought three nighttime shootings in the area, Durkan said, and officials especially want protesters out during the overnight hours.

"We can still accommodate people who want to protest peacefully," Durkan said "But the impacts on the businesses and residents in the community are now too much. "

At the time, Police Chief Carmen Best said leaving the precinct was not her idea and expressed anger at how the decision was made.

Durkan told CNN's Chris Cuomo on June 11 that the autonomous zone could be seen as a "Summer of Love. "

Though a deadline is not clear, Durkan said Monday that officers will be returning to the precinct to respond to more than 100,000 emergency calls.

Chief Best has denied claims the department was not responding to calls in the zone.

"Seattle is not under siege and we are responding to every call and every area of the city," Best told CNN's Chris Cuomo last week.

The statement comes after Seattle Police officers received a department-wide email June 12 that instructed them not to respond to calls for service within the CHAZ unless they were responding to a "mass casualty event" such as an active shooter or structural fire.

Seattle Police spokesman Det. Patrick Michaud confirmed the authenticity of the email to CNN and reiterated that officers were still responding to any significant life safety issues.

For any other calls, people were asked to meet police outside of the zone, Michaud said.

One business owner in the area told CNN affiliate KIRO that despite numerous calls to 911 June 14 following a break-in, no police officers or firefighters showed up.

The police department told the affiliate that it did respond to the scene and provided a case number but no narrative.

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