Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan who was mocked for referring to autonomous zone protests as a possible “summer of love” is apparently not feeling the “love” anymore now that hundreds of protesters have marched to her home.
Per Seattle Times, hundreds of people marched to the neighborhood of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Sunday, shouting the name of a pregnant Black mother killed by police in 2017 at the start of their march and continuing their persistent calls for the city to invest more in communities of color and cut the Police Department’s budget by half.
The march took protesters from Warren G. Magnuson Park — near the apartment where Charleena Lyles, 30, had lived when she was shot by police three years ago — to a street organizers believed to be where Durkan lived.
The Blaze reports Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan expressed outrage after Black Lives Matter protesters showed up at her home Sunday afternoon, despite her previous support and defense of the “CHOP” encampment.
Protesters targeted her home after Durkan announced last week that the city would no longer support the Capitol Hill Organized Protest encampment and would seek to remove the concrete barriers that helped define the autonomous zone. But the CHOP remains intact.
Durkan released a statement expressing her anger at the protest. She was especially upset that Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant had joined the protesters at her home.
“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,” read the statement from her office.
“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,” the statement concluded.
KING-TV spoke to one protester about why they targeted her home.
“We came down to Jenny Durkan’s mansion to bring the demands of the movement and of the families who have been impacted by police violence, uh, to her doorstep and she seems to not be able to hear our demands any other way,” she said.
Complicating the matter was yet another shooting Monday morning at the CHOP. One black 16-year-old teen was shot and killed, and a 14-year-old was injured and is in critical condition. Police are investigating the incident, but no suspects have been identified.