Car Tender, an auto repair shop located just outside the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, was looted by Antifa rioters in the early morning hours of June 15. Unfortunately, due to its proximity to the occupied “police-free zone,” it was unable to receive help from the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Workers at the business repeatedly tried calling for police assistance, but help was unable to come.
Ever since Antifa criminals and Black Lives Matter organizers took over the neighborhood surrounding SPD’s East Precinct and turned it into a police-free zone, the response times to violent crimes in the area have tripled, according to SPD Chief Carmen Best. The chief lamented the fact that, if somebody in the area was being raped, robbed, assaulted or victimized in any other way, police officers will not be able to intervene as swiftly as they used to.
This is particularly true in an area that contains a lot of people from Seattle’s most marginalized communities. The attack on Car Tender is just an example of this inability to intervene.
On the morning of June 15, John McDermott, co-owner of Car Tender, was woken up to several calls from his employees, alerting him that his auto repair shop was being broken into and that the criminals were also trying to burn down the store. McDermott, along with his son, quickly drove to the scene while they were on the phone with 911.
They called the police several times. Unfortunately, nobody showed up. McDermott said that the 911 dispatcher repeatedly assured them that an officer was en route; however, nobody ever came despite the fact that he stood guard at his store all night long.
McDermott and his son had to take matters into their own hands. When they got to Car Tender, they were able to both put out the fire themselves and detain the burglar. Unfortunately, as the chaos unfolded, the commotion started to draw in a large mob of people from inside CHAZ. Dozens of them began rushing to Car Tender demanding that McDermott and his workers let the suspect go. They tore down some fencing that separated Car Tender from the street and they threatened to kill the owner, his family and employees if their demand was not met.
At least two of McDermott’s employees were armed and brandished their guns at the mob from CHAZ, which prompted them to retreat. However, the workers also made the decision to let the suspect go. They could not search the alleged thief because he would not cooperate.
Conflicting reports suggest that the mob from CHAZ also questioned the suspect and searched him before letting him go. McDermott’s employees also noticed the man returning later that night, but he quickly left after he was detected.
McDermott has estimated that the suspect stole between $500 to $1,000 worth of store merchandise.
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) June 15, 2020
“We’re just trying to run a small business, make a living, be good members of society. And try to be good neighbors to the neighborhood and I think we’ve really been let down by the mayor’s office, the Seattle Police Department and the fire department,” said McDermott. (Related: The major difference between the Bundy Oregon Wildlife Refuge standoff of 2016 and the BLM/Antifa standoff of 2020 at Seattle’s “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” CHAZ.)
Listen to this episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he discusses how the creation of the CHAZ, with the approval of both the mayor of Seattle and the governor of Washington, sets an interesting precedent for the nation.
Despite a statement from Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan saying that the people in CHAZ are largely peaceful, reporters have found that the actual conditions in the occupied autonomous zone are far from peaceful.
One source of chaos in CHAZ is the presence of self-appointed “enforcers,” who have taken advantage of the lack of leadership inside the zone to elevate themselves to positions of power. One such enforcer is Solomon “Raz” Simone, a 30-year-old rapper who patrols the occupied autonomous zone making announcements with his personal megaphone while carrying a high-powered assault rifle, believed to be an AK-47. Raz has even styled himself as the “warlord” of the autonomous zone.
In one video, Raz can be seen patrolling the abandoned East Precinct inside the zone along with his followers and assaulting a resident for spray painting a building, all the while carrying his signature assault rifle.
Raz, in an interview with reporters, tried to backtrack and clarify his role in the zone, stating that his only goal in conducting his patrols was “to keep the peace and unity, honestly, that’s it.”
Other signs that things aren’t as peaceful as the CHAZ residents claim can be seen from the boarded-up windows of the East Precinct to the border checkpoints with armed guards who are reportedly performing ID checks.
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