Per KIRO7, some residents who live within the “CHOP” (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone) tell KIRO 7 they have an open question for Seattle police: “Who do we call or ask for help when burglars are breaking in and stealing our property?” asked Matthew Ploszaj, who has lived in a Pine Street apartment building near the East Precinct for eight years.
“We are now right in the middle of that autonomous zone,” he said.
Ploszaj said he recently called 911 when he saw a burglar breaking into his courtyard, grabbing a bike and other items.
“The dispatcher told me, ‘We are not going in there, there is nothing we can do. We can come meet you on the outside, but if it’s not life-threatening, there’s nothing we can do.’”
He said days later, he saw it happen again.
“I saw the same guy who had broken earlier,” he said. “He was wearing different clothes, but he locked eyes on me, he saw me and started working toward me, so I ran inside, and called 911 again,” he said.
Fox News reports Business owners and residents in Seattle’s so-called “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone, or CHOP, are growing increasingly concerned about safety inside the area, according to local reports.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best declared this week that there’s no “cop-free zone” in the city, but stakeholders in the neighborhood around the abandoned East Precinct police station say otherwise.
And response times to 911 calls in the surrounding area have tripled since police vacated the building, according to authorities.
“We are just sitting ducks all day,” Matthew Ploszaj told Seattle-based KIRO 7. “Now every criminal in the city knows they can come into this area, and they can do anything they want, as long as it isn’t life-threatening. And the police won’t come in to do anything about it.”
Ploszaj said he called 911 after witnessing a burglar break into his courtyard and steal a bike, the outlet reported. Then he said the dispatcher told him there was “nothing we can do” unless someone’s life is in danger.