Years ago, there was a relative of mine that had to create a student film. He decided to make a documentary and wanted the subject to be a local Occupy protest.
I agreed to help him out and be the sound guy/camera wrangler. We had about a day where we walked around filming things and to be honest there was this feeling the whole time like someone was just using the situation of the Occupy protests to take advantage of people. It’s sad when violence interrupts what people say is supposed to be peaceful.
Gunfire and death have once again visited Seattle’s police-free “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” area.
Two men were taken to Harborview Medical Center early Monday after a shooting in the CHOP zone, KIRO-TV reported.
One victim transported by the Seattle Fire Department died after arriving at the hospital at 3:30 a.m., the hospital said. A second man who arrived by private vehicle at 3:15 a.m. was reported in critical condition.
The Seattle Police Department tweeted that officers were investigating a shooting near 12th Avenue and Pike Street in which two people were injured. That location is at the edge of the occupied piece of downtown Seattle.
“You heard a lot of gunshots near the Cal Anderson Park. A lot of us ran down there, a lot of people were running back. It was almost literally right outside in front of the East Precinct,” witness Giovanni Medina said, according to KIRO.
Three people were shot in the CHOP last week, one fatally. No one has been arrested in connection with the shootings.
The increase in violence in the occupied area has produced a buzz on Twitter.