Businesses and Residents in Seattle CHOP Area Suing City for Not Providing Essential Services

People who pay their taxes and abide by the law feel entitled to free access to their property and essential services such as police and fire protection? Where did they get such a notion?

Seattle business owners and residents in the Capital Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP area, have had enough.  They filed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle for choosing not to provide them with essential services such as police and fire protection, and for enabling the CHOP area to exist in the first place by providing the protesters with barricades, bathrooms, and other accommodations that encouraged participants to keep the area cordoned off.

In Seattle fashion the plaintiffs go to great lengths to point out that they aren’t countering the message of protest or the theme of Black Lives Matter.  The just want their stuff back, and don’t want to feel threatened in their own businesses and homes.

From their filing:

“This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter-message. Rather, this lawsuit is about constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs – businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP – which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire department emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large. The city’s decision has subjected businesses, employees, and residents of that neighborhood to extensive property damage, public safety dangers, and an inability access their properties. “

Who knows if they will prevail, but at least they’re giving it a go.

 

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