‘Summer of Love’ No More: Seattle Sees Gunfire (UPDATED) | The American Spectator
‘Summer of Love’ No More: Seattle Sees Gunfire (UPDATED)
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Seattle CHAZ (YouTube screenshot)

Seattle’s silly-season reverie of a largely peaceful commune carved out of its Capitol Hill district ended at 2:19 Saturday morning, June 20. Gunfire killed one and critically wounded another within the CHAZ/CHOP area, already shrunken to three from six square blocks. Police rushed to the area, but were blocked from entry by a mob; they eventually retreated. The SPD police blotter posting said that police “were met by a violent crowd that prevented the officers safe access to the victims.”

Body cam video (5:08) posted at the blotter provides the harrowing details. At 23 to 26 seconds, seven to 10 shots are fired by one or more guns; at 35 seconds, an officer shouts “Shots fired!” — a standard protocol used to alert all officers nearby. Upon entry into the zone, the cops were met with an avalanche of F-bombs despite telling the crowd that they only wished to bring out the victims for medical attention. Shouts of “black lives matter!” are heard — but apparently not enough to allow the officers unfettered first-aid access. The blotter reports, “The suspect or suspects fled, and are still at large. There is no description at this time.” The mobs pounded on the police cars as the small contingent exited the area. Volunteers eventually brought one of the victims to the hospital.

Also made public was an eyewitness undercover account of five days spent in the zone starting on June 8 when the occupation began. Journalist Andy Ngo wrote,

During five undercover days and nights in the zone, I witnessed a continuing experiment in anarchy, chaos and brute-force criminality. In order to avoid being exposed as a journalist — several reporters have been barred or expelled — I slept and showered outside the zone. (Those inside have no showers but they do have portable bathrooms.) I took meals, and most of my water breaks, elsewhere because I was reluctant to remove my mask and risk being recognized. Every day I entered the zone twice through its semi-porous borders — once in the early afternoon, and again after sundown, staying until the wee hours.

Other zone crimes have since come to light. Two arrests were made on Thursday, June 18: a male who allegedly raped a deaf woman after luring her into a tent, and a former city council candidate, who is suspected of committing the June 8 opening day arson.

More info has surfaced about Raz, the black rapper and self-described warlord who claimed suzerainty in the zone. It seems he starred in a film (warning: graphic still images) about a white girl being gang-raped by black men and knocked cold as she resists.

What pundit Matthew Continetti called the “Seattle Soviet” after the 1871 Marxist Paris Commune, albeit less serious, more a “tragicomedy” — whose “fantastical, satirical … frivolity … activists and officials playacting … the roles of revolutionary Jacobin and timid liberal” — has morphed in three seconds of crackling gunfire into an open challenge to the local rule of law. Incredibly, for the time being, the authorities — mayor, police chief, and governor — are standing pat, treating the post-gunfire zone as a “new normal.”

And what will this new normal look like? The SPD reported at 11:26 p.m. PST Sunday that at least one person had been wounded by gunfire and that there had been a possible second shooting. Here is the SPD’s verbatim tweet. This morning, Fox & Friends played a short video clip, in which there was flurry of gunshots, much like the first episode.

Let’s see: From 2:19 a.m. Saturday to 11:26 p.m. Sunday night was 45 hours, seven minutes between gunfire episodes.

Bottom Line. San Francisco’s 1967 summer was a rolling hippie cavalcade of sex, drugs, and rock music. Scott Mackenzie’s anthem urged those coming to San Francisco to “wear flowers in your hair.” The sounds of 2020 are now the sounds of gunfire. The flower children of 1967 are now the armed revolutionaries of 2020 — anti-white, anti-cop, and given free license by Seattle’s and Washington state’s delusional moron leaders.

Visitors to CHAZ/CHOP may wish in lieu of flowers to wear body armor.

Calling all angels
Calling all angels

Calling all angels.

Theres trouble in paradise
My turtle doves changing wings
Theres trouble in paradise
The birds no longer sing.…

Some devil told my angel a lot of lies…. 

There’s trouble in paradise
and Heaven’s not the same
The angels sit and cry
They say it’s such a shame.

Trouble in Paradise
The Crests (1960)

John C. Wohlstetter is author of Sleepwalking With the Bomb (Discovery Institute Press, 2nd ed., 2014).

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