When you cede a part of your city to protesters and provide them with barricades, bathrooms, and trash pickup, what do you get?
In Seattle, it’s six shootings, one sexual assault, property destruction, and limited access for business owners.
After increased reports of mayhem, Mayor Jenny Durkan decided that it has gone on long enough. She called for protesters to leave the area Sunday morning. It didn’t work. Instead, two more people were shot, marking the fifth and sixth victims of gun violence, early Monday morning, a 16-year-old who later died and a 14-year-old. Mayor Durkan had said the police would return to their precinct in the area, but didn’t give a timeline.
While the protesters didn’t leave the area on Sunday, they did take a day trip. A city councilmember joined a group of them as they marched to the mayor’s home, where they protested outside and made further demands.
The mayor released a long response about working with people and systemic change and other stuff. She could’ve just offered them more of the city, maybe that would have been enough.