Seattle police union chief calls for “leadership” after fatal shooting in CHOP zone

Fox News reports the head of Seattle’s police union lamented the lack of “leadership” in the city Saturday after reports emerged that an early morning shooting in the so-called ‘CHOP’ left one person dead and another in critical condition.

According to The Seattle Times, police homicide and assault detectives are investigating the shooting, citing a post on the Seattle Police Department’s blotter.

“On June 20th, at approximately 2:30 AM, East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in Cal Anderson Park,” a statement on the blotter said.

“This is inside the area referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims. Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.

“Officers responded to Harborview and were informed that one of the victims, a 19-year-old male, had died from injuries. The other victim, also a male, unknown age, remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.”

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth Saturday, Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan remarked that it is “no longer the summer of love” like Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan claimed, but the “summer of chaos.”

“Early this morning, that violence was raw and real where one of our community members lost their life and police are still not allowed into that area and were prevented to providing that police service to the area to locate victors and/or render aid. [It’s] very troubling what’s going on,” Solan said.

SPD’s closest East Precinct building lies abandoned following days of tense confrontations with protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

“It can’t stand in America, and this is a direct result of city leadership, elected officials failing the reasonable community of Seattle to enforce the rule of law,” Solan told Hegseth. “And, this just isn’t the area occupied in a six-block zone where police are still forbidden and still don’t have their East precinct. This is now impacting our entire city.”