FoxSanAntonio reports Tuesday was Night 15 of the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” and some protesters weren’t budging even after the Mayor of Seattle asked for people to start clearing out.
Jenny Durkan is asking community leaders to spread that message instead of using police intervention.
Early Tuesday morning a fourth person was shot near the “CHOP.”
The new violence comes after a 19-year-old was shot and killed Saturday. Another man shot Saturday is in the hospital in satisfactory condition, a 17-year-old shot Sunday night is out of the hospital and a man shot Tuesday morning is in satisfactory condition.
Community leaders and neighbors are telling protesters to go home before someone else gets hurt.
Forsythe said even before the shootings, he wrote to city leaders fed up with crime and harassment.
“It’s just been a pressure cooker for 13 days,” Forsythe said. “An endless pressure cooker — it needs to be cleaned up.”
‘Not This Time’ founder Andre Taylor said the occupation has become ineffective because of the agitator mentality and the violence that led to 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson’s murder.
“Our community does not support the violence,” said Taylor. “So what, do we do just look over that? ‘Oh, somebody just got shot but Chop, Chop, Chop?’ Wait a minute, but you’re just going to look over this black man that got killed over here? This young baby; this 19-year old? No. No. You’re going to pause and you’re going to think about this black man because that’s the reason you did it for.”
Taylor has been going to “CHOP” to talk to the protesters, hoping they see ‘CHOP’ as an idea that can be taken around the world — not a location.
He plans to go back this week with pastors until he gets through to them.
“If they realize that, they won’t be stuck to a place,” Taylor said. “They won’t be stuck to a place. I don’t think they believe that yet. And that’s the issue.”
While community leaders will continue with de-escalation talks, the city is waiting to see what leaders have planned regarding “CHOP” in the next few days.
Kelly Forsythe says gunfire woke him up Tuesday as commotion unfolded feet away from his apartment by Cal Anderson Park.
“I went to check the ground there was a lot of things crushed and there was basically three giant piles of really thick blood,” said Forsythe. “When there’s blood on the streets, there needs to be some respect. That’s the problem here, we’ve got blood on our streets now and it’s happening every day and it’s not stopping and I don’t see it stopping.”