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Seattle 'Autonomous Zone' Sparks Class Action Lawsuit From Local Businesses

The plaintiffs argue that the city's tolerance of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest has resulted in lawlessness and lost business.

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More than a dozen businesses and property owners are suing the city of Seattle over its tolerance of, and alleged support for, an "autonomous" protest zone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The city's approach, they argue, has led to lawlessness, property damage, and a decline in commerce and property values.

For the past two weeks, anti-police protesters have taken up residence in the city blocks surrounding the Seattle Police Department's abandoned Eastern Precinct building, where they've set up barricades and encampments. This so-called Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP—formerly the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ—has been the site of marches and rallies, but also some arsons, some assaults, and a homicide.

"This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants' message or present a counter-message," reads the lawsuit that several Capitol Hill businesses filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. "Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs…which have been overrun by the City of Seattle's unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood."

Plaintiffs include an autobody shop, a tattoo parlor, a liquor store, a condo association, and the owners of several apartment buildings.

Seattle police abandoned their Eastern Precinct building on June 8, after a series of escalating clashes with protestors. The city's relationship with the protest zone has been touch-and-go ever since.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan initially had fairly friendly words for the autonomous zone, made several visits to the area, and defended it against Twitter attacks from President Donald Trump.

City agencies worked with demonstrators to shift the CHOP's boundaries to allow more traffic to the area. The city also provided the CHOP with concrete barricades, portable toilets, and fire extinguishers.

By assisting CHOP residents in blocking off rights-of-way, the lawsuit argues, the city has prevented them and their customers and vendors from accessing their properties, leading to a decline in business.

One plaintiff, a physical therapy business located inside the CHOP, says that the barricades placed on streets and sidewalks around the zone is preventing disabled clients from reaching their building.

The lawsuit, filed by the law firm Caflo Eakes LLP, also claims that the city's abandonment of the area around the police station, and its failure to respond to 911 calls there, has enabled all manner of nuisances and criminal activity to occur.

Over the past weekend, three people were shot in or near the CHOP, including a 19-year-old who died. Another man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting someone inside the protest zone.

One plaintiff, the Car Tender autobody shop located just outside the CHOP, said its owner called 911 repeatedly—19 times—to report a burglary and arson at the business but police never showed up. When the owner and his son tried to detain the person they say had broken into their store, protestors from the CHOP stormed the business and insisted they let him go. (The local news outlet KIRO has aired footage of the incident.)

The class action lawsuit claims that the city's failure to provide police and fire service to the CHOP and surrounding areas, while providing the protesters assistance in blocking off roadways, amounts to an unconstitutional taking of property without due process and without just compensation. The suit also claims that by letting protestors occupy streets and set up community gardens in a public park, the City of Seattle has made a gift of public property to private parties, in violation of the "gift clause" in the Washington State constitution.

A number of western states have these gift clauses, which were originally intended to prevent the government from granting privileges to private corporations. It's an irony that private businesses are now invoking the clause to stop Seattle from tolerating a leftist commune.

The lawsuit comes as the Durkan and Seattle have been changing their tune on the CHOP. The weekend's shootings have led the mayor to call for the zone to be dismantled, and the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that protestors are already starting to pull out of the Cal Anderson Park near the precinct building.

The CHOP is far from dismantled, however, and Durkan has issued no timeline for when it will be gone.

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  1. “Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy.”

    Just lie down and take it.

    1. But continue to pay your property taxes or law enforcement will be forced to breach the autonomous zone.

      1. I wonder what would happen if the business owners all said that they are going to start paying their taxes to the current governing authority- assuming they can identify Xem. Would Seattle be working with them to place barricades, or would they be calling in SWAT?

        1. Well, progressives wanted the Malheur occupiers to get droned, so I imagine they feel the same way about tax cattle who want to escape the corral.

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    2. “Lie back and think of England The Soviet Union”

    3. more like bend over here it comes again BOHICA

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEb9Q78W6PY&t=9s

    “This [CHAZ] is not a black movement. You know damn right this is not a black movement, because 6000 black people walked in the central district- they walked in the city. And then guess what? They went the fuck home. But guess what you mother fuckers want to do. Y’all want to stay out here because guess what, because it’s these homeless people that are entertaining this bullshit. And that’s not right”

    1. Posted earlier, but it needs to be posted everywhere.

      Take special note of the body positivity activist in the background.

      because 6000 black people walked in the central district- they walked in the city. And then guess what? They went the fuck home.

      There’s a reason CHAZ occurred in a predominantly white neighborhood. Easier to get an artisan, organic, fair-trade coffee in Capitol Hill than it is in the CD.

      Say what you will about the civil rights protesters of the 50s and 60s. They were willing to conduct their business in unhip, unsympathetic areas. When you do this in Capitol Hill, you’re merely preaching to the choir.

      1. Have you checked it out yet, Diane? I went a few days ago. It was refugee camp meets phish concert parking lot, at least when I went. Got some hard looks and got followed around a bit by an obvious security network. I didn’t see any open carrying, but I heard they asked the John Brown gun club to leave a few days prior. The astroturf in that park is going to need a full replacement, I’m guessing. Hell, the regular turf will probably need replaced too. Should be expensive and ugly for awhile.

        I am fully sympathetic to the residents of cap hill who want this gone, but I don’t see how this lawsuit is going to be successful.

        1. More Jeff tall tales.

          1. I wonder what you clowns get off on, calling everybody sock puppets, as if you had the insider information or analytic capability to make up for it, and as if you are impressing anybody but yourselves.

            1. It’s not exactly difficult since you unbelievably stupid motherfuckers not only use the exact same tells, phrases, and rhetorical tics on all of your accounts, but also forget which handles you’re using and out yourselves ever other fucking day. cytotoxic/chemjeff/deoppresso has literally done so at least 10 times during my sporadic forays into the comments here.

              1. Maybe you would like to take the bet, instead. I can prove who I am to a neutral, or at least decent 3rd party. I have suggested John in the past, but I’m open to suggestions. I’m not doxxing myself on here, as there are some obviously unwell people in here, and I have expressed controversial views that could hurt my professional life.

                1. I told you twice before I’ll take that bet, you stupid fuck, and both times you ignored me.

                  1. Nice. How much and who’s our neutral?

                    1. And don’t forget, lose leaves reason comments forever.

                    2. I’d volunteer to do it. I have no dog in the fight and I have my own reasons for preserving my anonymity, so I wouldn’t spill the beans.

                    3. The problem with your bet, is that you also tried to bet me that you’re not a lying piece of shit, in a thread where you were clearly caught lying. I don’t make bets that require any amount of honor with sociopaths.

                    4. R Mac, Hence the neutral.

                      Nonstop, I’d be ok with that. Would you hop on a video call or something, trade identity for identity? The only other thing would be for you to come back here and report I am who I say I am.
                      This is assuming one of the rabble takes the bet.

                    5. But you get caught lying red handed and deny you’re lying, so no. But if you’re trying to get a date out of this just as sarcasmic.

                    6. Ask sarcasmic

                    7. R Mac, you better be a good lay, considering how crazy you are.

                    8. I would prefer you keep me out of your fantasies. Not only am I not gay, but in case you haven’t noticed, I find dishonesty to be an extremely unattractive characteristic. But the dildo posted links to kiddie porn so maybe try hitting him up?

            2. Because you are. Your writing styles are identical, your anecdotes are repetitive and you sometimes forget which nick you’re posting under.

              You’d be more convincing if you weren’t so lazy and shit at it.

          2. Sad and low energy.

            Are you gonna take that bet, yet? You know the saying: put up or shut up.

            1. Oh, you looking to join shreek as a welcher too?

              1. I’m looking to collect some easy $$.

                1. By fraud I’m sure.

          3. Pedo Jeffy lives in Toronto. He pretends to be a SF vet who served with Eddie Gallagher. As opposed to Pedo Jeffy, child rape enthusiast, and resident of Toronto.

        2. Have you checked it out yet, Diane? I went a few days ago. It was refugee camp meets phish concert parking lot, at least when I went.

          I have not. I carry a concealed weapon and I wouldn’t feel safe going there. Not because I believe that every moment was a Mad Max violence-filled lawless zone, but that IF anything happened, I don’t want to put myself in a position where I’d feel the need to draw, let alone use my weapon.

          I don’t say that because I’m trying to come off as a tough guy, I say that as a responsible gun owner where my primary goal is to avoid any situation where I’m not comfortable and think I might have to use the weapon.

          And this brings me to your experience:

          Got some hard looks and got followed around a bit by an obvious security network.

          This makes me wonder why they gave you hard looks, and it’s the very thing that concerns me. I come off looking like a middle-class, white normie. My concern is that would draw attention and increase the chance of a negative encounter. So what you say kind of confirms my fear: They’re judging people on appearance and if you don’t “look right”, you’re going to get scrutinized/followed etc.

          1. DOL was probably one of the few people in the area that didn’t look like a crustpunk, rainbowhair, tranny, or BLM tard, so I’m sure he stuck out like a sore thumb and they thought he was a narc.

          2. I’m in the same situation as you. I am a “white passing” guy in my mid 30’s, and I comb my hair and wear shoes, which made me a very small minority there. I carried (concealed) down there, but carefully avoided any confrontation. Had two guys come up and ask me for a light, then another for a cigarette. I’m not a smoker, so I think they were just trying to get a closer look.

            Honestly, it’s not all that much of a spectacle. Like a shitty burning man mixed with a homeless camp. I don’t think you’re missing much.

            I walked the length of it once, then back again. Mostly just the normal psychotic homeless, but all concentrated into one spot. I could see cars coming in and out with supplies, which was a little interesting to see their logistics and security networks working.

            I got a few pictures of the abandoned police station. When I got home and looked at them I found a guy in one flipping me off, haha.

            1. Literally everything you posted is a fucking lie.

      2. Martin Luther King didn’t write a Letter from Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

        1. He wasn’t sitting in a cafe listening to the Indigo Girls?

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  3. One plaintiff, a physical therapy business located inside the CHOP, says that the barricades placed on streets and sidewalks around the zone is preventing disabled clients from reaching their building.

    I don’t think that lobby has as much political power as it did in the ADA glory days, certainly not relative to the victim hierarchy as it’s defined today.

    1. People with actual physical disabilities are so 2010.

    2. Claims of “victim hierarchy” are a sure sign of a fascist.

      1. No, trying to prevent people from expressing their opinions is a sure sign of a fascist.

  4. Supreme Court says sorry, no duty to protect. Don’t forget to pay your taxes.

      1. The wrinkle here is that Seattle wasn’t just ‘failing to protect’ but actively aiding the people who were committing illegal acts. I suspect it will settle out of court and the main purpose is to make the city shut the place down.

    1. Good luck getting business owners to band together on a tax revolt… they’re mostly white middle-aged males and don’t do that sort of thing. The press and government mob would be shutting that shit down posthaste.

  5. The CHOP is far from dismantled, however, and Durkan has issued no timeline for when it will be gone.

    Per the previous thread, one man removed more barricades in 10 minutes than the entire city of Seattle was neither able nor willing to two weeks.

    As far as the lawsuit goes, the plaintiff’s were very careful to indicate their support of the destruction of the nuclear family, the elimination of international borders and the forced redistribution of all wealth. They just want some remuneration for difficulties suffered while this disorderly revolution took place.

    1. the plaintiff’s were very careful to indicate their support of the destruction of the nuclear family, the elimination of international borders and the forced redistribution of all wealth. They just want some remuneration for difficulties suffered while this disorderly revolution took place.

      And that’s where all my sympathy for them disappears. They want to “support the movement,” just not on their front doorstep.

      If white liberals are going to be this self-loathing, you’d think they’d at least do the decent, principled thing and hang themselves, or at least ask a proud pee-ohh-see to beat them into a coma for the sins of their race. Instead, they’re trying to insulate themselves from the very misery they enable. White liberals are the world’s biggest cancer.

      1. A lot more people need to say that they support the proposition that black lives matter, but will not support the ridiculous and radical BLM “movement”. Don’t give in to bullies. They usually go away if you fight back.

      2. No, they were just including that language to stave of any retribution from the mob..

  6. “For as long as I can remember, Capitol Hill has been autonomous”

    And they say *Trump* exaggerates!

    1. For as long as I can remember, Capitol Hill has been autonomous – it’s always been a place where people go to express themselves freely

      She’s full of shit here. There is a kernel of truth to what she says, but the reality is, it’s not a free-wheeling, anything goes neighborhood. Sure, in the post-stonewall days of the gay movement, it was a ‘gay ghetto’- to coin a phrase. But those days are long gone. One prominent gay figure in the Seattle community even admitted that Capitol Hill was no longer a gay-centric neighborhood because the culture had changed to a place where gay people could really live anywhere, out and proud. This was noted almost 20 years ago.

      Capitol Hill rides on the coattails of a counterculture movement that’s not only long gone, but has become the predominant culture in every conceivable way.

  7. At the very least, they should get their property taxes back. If the city wasn’t providing any services to the area, why are they paying property taxes for that quarter? Imagine if the power went out at your house for a month, and the electric company sent you a bill anyway.

    1. You don’t pay taxes to receive services from the state. You pay taxes to prevent the state from seizing your property and hurting you.

      1. Right on, juice!

  8. Fort Lewis isn’t far from Wokadishu. Maybe a ranger unit can reopen it.

    1. Look at the video posted above. It merely took one brave man who was sick of their shit to open it back up.

    2. “Wokadishu”

      ROTFLMAO!

  9. “This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter-message,”

    If you’re opening a lawsuit with a “to be sure,” you can’t have any faith in your own principles.

    1. No, they just don’t want to get their businesses burned down and looted.

      1. Look. This is a mindset that’s attacking at statue of Frederick Douglass and one slaves paid for with their own money.

        Let that sink in.

        Think of the pride, dignity and integrity it took to accomplish that and those sons of bitches attempted to take it down (not sure if they succeeded).

        If they can attack Douglass, abolitionists and now maybe baby Jesus, they won’t think a Missouri second to knock those businesses down.

        You just had a rotten degenerate BLM guy threaten if they don’t get what they want they will burn the system down.

        Illiberal, violent buffoons.

        1. I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit, just to be sure!

          Seattle is not worth saving.

          1. No need to destroy all the property. Just seal it off and wait for the screaming to stop.

  10. It’s an irony that private businesses are now invoking the clause to stop Seattle from tolerating a leftist commune.

    No, it’s ironic that Reason’s don’t seem to think any of this stuff violates the NAP. It’s in a public park, the left wing scum don’t own the park and it’s not there for their exclusive use. Way to applaud lawlessness Britschgii, you drooling leftist ass kissing buffoon.

    1. Considering CHAZ/CHOP is the literal embodiment of libertarianism they have to tread pretty lightly.

      1. So you see absolutely no daylight between no-shit declared communists and libertarians. Seems par for the course.

        After all, nothing says libertarian like racial separatists violently taking other people’s property and declaring it their own by fiat. That certainly doesn’t violate the one well known central tenant of libertarianism.

      2. Border checkpoints, warlords, no private property, murder, rape.

        Yep, they’re really upholding the NAP in Wokadishu.

      3. No, it’s not you moron.

        Libertarians would actually be able to set up shop quite nicely.

        Those clowns are just violent lazy losers, nihilists and communists with mental illness.

        Sorry. ‘Protestors’ as the naifs at Reason call them.

      4. “Considering CHAZ/CHOP is the literal embodiment of libertarianism they have to tread pretty lightly.”

        You.
        Are.
        Full.
        Of.
        Shit.

      5. Another retard sent over by media matters?

  11. I hope the plaintiffs prevail and bankrupt that pathetic excuse for a city. Not one part of that occupation dealt with race. It was about political philosophy not race. It was also not a bit about fighting fascism. It was fascist, heavy handed, authoritarian rule and the weak, small minded leaders of Seattle embraced it.

    1. It’s ironic that Antifa is facist, when they claim to be anti-facist. Just like the Nazi brown shirts, they use violence. And worse, they claim speech they don’t like, is justification to bring violence on the speaker because they claim the speech is harming the listener.

      That’s not following the Golden Rule, is authoritarian and a double standard.

  12. Don’t worry, any price that Seattle has to pay will come out of your Federal tax dollars. It won’t hurt the city one iota.

  13. When are the Hell’s Angels allegedly riding in? I’d love to see that. Doubt it will happen but all of these millennial crybabies would get annihilated.

    Leadership in Seattle and Washington are poltroons or taking orders directly from the DNC.

    1. That was some gayop, probably to try and get the Proud Boys, Antifa’s nemesis, or some alt-right spergs to go down there to get beaten to a pulp.

  14. “This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter-message,” reads the lawsuit that several Capitol Hill businesses filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. “Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs…which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood.”

    Jesus Murphy. These people suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.

    They don’t want to ‘undermine’ people who are preventing their ‘constitutional rights’? Hello. You can’t separate the two.

    They’re the ones impacting their property rights.

    I need crazy pills.

    1. Honestly, that little statement negates any standing they have to sue. If they support what’s happening, they have no excuse to complain. They’re just mad that Antifa was shitting up their neighborhood rather than somewhere out in the burbs.

      1. The ‘peaceful protestors’ beat up a Democrat Senator in Madison, WI today.

        Any questions?

        The gall to keep calling these jerks off protestors.

        1. I’ve got a question: where is the queue for beating up Democrat Senators and how many people are already in line?

          1. Is there a charge? Or tax? Or requested contribution to a guy with a club?

      2. Offering no opinion on something is NOT the same as supporting that thing.

        It seems that the plaintiffs issue is not with the message of the occupying forces (they appear to be remaining neutral on that within the context of this lawsuit). Their issues are with the city categorically refusing to enforce the laws in CHAZ/CHOP in the way they do in other neighborhoods and with the city actually actively assisting in the breaking of those laws – including introducing ADA violations. These failures impact the plaintiffs’ directly.

  15. “One plaintiff, a physical therapy business located inside the CHOP, says that the barricades placed on streets and sidewalks around the zone is preventing disabled clients from reaching their building.”

    Sounds like CHOP is violating the ADA. Democrats should be outraged at this bias against the differently baked.

    1. That should be “differently abled”. Get an edit function, reason.

      1. Your first go was not far off the mark. A Freudian slip, perhaps?

      2. I’d go for “exceptionally -abled”

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  16. I’m sure this lawsuit will get a proper hearing in a Washington State courtroom.

  17. This is all cute and fuzzy, but what about lawsuits against China’s communist party for releasing their germ lab weapons on the world? Missouri’s action surely deserves coverage.

  18. There was a block party in Austin about 1970, where the kids painted red and white lane divider stripes down the center of the street a few blocks north of the UT campus. The cops arrested everyone for that, not the beer or dope. Of course they were all released after promising never to paint non-union stripes down the center of the street again. This was before lots of people got shot in Nixon’s War On Everything, and before there was a Libertarian Party to vote for.

  19. I love how this author takes a snarky tone towards business owners who were denied public safety services by a city that actively helped the people who vandalized their neighborhood, damaged their property, robbed them, threatened them, and caused them a extended loss of business. Here is the thing, the city is obligated to provide public safety and maintain order. If they don’t they are have abrogated their responsibilities of governance and have ceased to represent their citizens interests. This was an indisputable failure of leadership of epic proportions, but we’re supposed to be mad at the people who were failed? Reason, what planet have you blasted off to?

  20. “It’s an irony that private businesses are now invoking the clause to stop Seattle from tolerating a leftist commune.”

    And you were doing so good!

    That’s how you described this? A bunch of people block off downtown streets restricting access to businesses and reportedly attempting to extort money from them oh, and you call it a leftist commune?

    I mean, sure, there are aspects that are like a commune. But somehow I doubt that you would call it a simple commune if they were to have set up in your yard and restricted access to your home.

    I know it’s a bit of an aside in the article, but soft selling what they are doing like this is hardly in service of the truth.

    And there are a lot of other issues involved here as well. I mean, can you imagine if the proud boys had setup an autonomous Zone in another section of downtown? Is there even the slightest question in your mind that the city would have treated them the same way?

    Using the levers of government for partisan political purposes should never be tolerated. The fact that our last president made an art form out of it and escaped any serious scrutiny should be setting off alarm Bells for those of us who value civil liberties. But for some reason when we write about the government of a city clearly taking sides MN ideological battle to the detriment of their own City, that part of it doesn’t really seem to be grabbing much attention.

    If I was going to have an aside, it wouldn’t be about tolerance for left-wing communes. It would be about the willingness of our society to tolerate the destruction of these people’s businesses for the furtherance of ideological and political goals with the full support of elected officials. This sort of thing is why we have an oath of office. Once you take office, your partisan activities should stop. And the fact that this particular mayor seems to be just fine with destroying people’s life work in order to score a few political points should create a sense of outrage in all Americans, regardless of your political affiliation. The fact that it doesn’t get much of a rise out of anyone who is not from the far right gives me great pause about the future of our Republic.

  21. “City agencies worked with demonstrators to shift the CHOP’s boundaries to allow more traffic to the area. The city also provided the CHOP with concrete barricades, portable toilets, and fire extinguishers.”

    reads like a conspiracy to violate constitutional rights to me.
    But I think they would have been better served to leave out the ‘takings’ bullshit and just go for plain old rights like life and liberty and stuff.

  22. Hey look – the left is eating its own….

    It floors me Democrats can support something so forthrightously only to sue and complain endlessly when they actually get their wish.

    I have ZERO sympathy for registered Democrats in Seattle. You’ve helped sow the bed; now live in it.

  23. Since the city is colluding with CHAZ, Trump really should declare Seattle an insurrection and deploy the army.

    1. Hell, no!!!
      The USA would win, and then be stuck with the damn place.
      Leave it to the elected socialists; just allow free passage to the USA for refugees.
      Trump will negotiate one hell of a trade deal with those clowns, if they ever actually got an ambassador appointed.
      Like a one page deal; “you got nothing we want, we ain’t giving you anything but a closed border.”

    2. I do not think the army would be to keen on that proposal.

  24. It is not clear to me what these people want. If it is some kind of insurgency does not seem like a great idea to just take over a section of town. Now you need to provide for essential needs, security, and deal with the locals.

    If it is political the occupiers have failed to deliver a coherent message.

    “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.” Mao Zedong

    He was an evil SOB but a very successful one.

    1. They made a demand list a few weeks ago —
      1. Abolish the Criminal Justice System.
      2. Abolish border control
      3. Only Black people will be retried by their friends & family.
      4. Abolish all Prisons
      5. People of the Socialized Health and Medicine be our Slaves.
      6. Teachers be our Slaves.
      7. Again on abolishing the border ( No Person should be called illegal ).
      8. General community Slaves to build us parks and etc..
      9. Take other’s houses from them and give them to us.
      10. More Slaves that paint art.
      11. Again on Teachers be our Slaves ( Free College )
      12. SEGREGATION — ( this ones hularious ); Only Black Doctors and Nurses can care for Black patients… LMAO!!!
      13. Slave Teachers, Slave medical professionals and Mass Media be “required” to be sent to public education camps for “anti-bias”.

      1. But… all I asked for was a pony.

  25. Good. I hope they win. The mayor is a coward and should be run out of office.

  26. Yeah, it’s so ironic that private businesses robbed and vandalized by anarchists in a meta society is invoking the gift clause in their lawsuit. The gift clause is only for private businesses, don’t they see that? Boy do these people look stupid.

    I heard there was an ideology that champions private enterprise, private ownership, and a government that doesn’t shove down their values on their citizens. Did you libertarians hear about that? I think it’s worth checking out.

    1. Reason is run by liberals not libertarians

  27. Why? Because Seattle. Just move and let Seattle rot.

  28. “A number of western states have these gift clauses, which were originally intended to prevent the government from granting privileges to private corporations. It’s an irony that private businesses are now invoking the clause to stop Seattle from tolerating a leftist commune.”

    Sure, why not? The fucking Commies and all their authoritarian friends would use every law–and do use every law–to get their way. Yet those having their property rights abused are meant to sit meekly and take because to take any novel action would constitute irony?

    Public property suffers from many well-studied ills, but it exists for now, and while it exists it must be managed so all can enjoy it and so the use of it does not entail a threat to others in the area or who might likewise wish to use it.

    For sane adults, the ability to use a public park in a conscientious manner is no great challenge.

  29. Twenty years after the felon gets out of prison for his crime, he can fall back on the idea that the protestors got all the blame and that he was just an unfortunate blank slate who got sucked in by all the disorienting fanfare shortly before going batongavilles after that first step into the Man’s autonomous fief.

  30. If I owned a business in that neighborhood, I’d be camped out inside to protect it. And if the protesters decided to break in, I’d start stacking bodies. Of course, I’d never choose to live in a stupid city like Seattle to begin with.

    1. Chaz has m getting my home ready for sale. It’s a great house and I’ve worked hard on it but I can’t do it anymore.

  31. Reason, you have no right to call stolen property, looting and murder with walls/borders and arms a “protest.” Some of us LIVE in Seattle. This is leftist THREAT. I hope all property owners sue. They absolutely will take this easily.

    1. Agents provocateur would be an interesting enough story to contrast with the organized group(s) operating there.

    2. My hope is that some enterprising attorney identifies the protest leaders, finds several disgruntled residents from the area, and names them personally in a laundry-list civil lawsuit for reckless endangerment, deprivation of civil liberties, emotional and mental suffering, and anything else they can think of and ask for millions from each of them. If I lived in that neighborhood I would make it my personal mission in life to ruin their lives and make sure they understood exactly why I was doing it.

    3. Exactly April. The media can’t help itself to abet the lies of BLM. BLM doesn’t want peace they want to tear down society and promote race based separation.

  32. Paris is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy.
    — Maximilien Robespierre, August 10, 1792

    1. Ah, democracy is not what justice looks like, except maybe 33% – 50%?

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  34. Why aren’t they suing the people who blocked the streets, etc.? Or aren’t those pockets deep enough? I think if some of these neo-Stalinist “anarchists” were forced to spend the rest of their lives paying down a judgment they might not be so eager to screw anyone.

    1. Because how are you going to run that lawsuit? There is nobody really in charge. Where are you going to go for the money?

      Going after the city has potential. They tend to settle in most cases. The lawyers get a nice cut and those in the class action get bupkis for the most part.

  35. This lawsuit isn’t meant to undermine the message…..

    Blah blah blah. The message is anarchy, looting, prejudice against police (ACAB and death to police written all over there), false notions (preaching the white fragility), and cultural bolshevism (I was there people lecturing people to give up their whiteness who are they or me to tell anyone to give up something they can’ even define for power).

    Hope the city loses but they’ll just use taxpayers dollars like usual to fund their failures like de-policing, homeless industrial complex, bloated bureaucracy, and the list goes on.

  36. I heard the CHOP residents have began composting their dead (now legal in Washington) they should have plenty of mulch for their winter garden.

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