'Cop-Free' CHOP Zone Resident Exposes Crime Fears: 'We're Sitting Ducks in Here'
Seattle man asks 'Who do we call when burglars are breaking in and stealing our property?'
A Seattle resident living in the leftist-seized "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone," or CHOP, has spoken out to raise concerns over safety as crime spirals in the "cop-free" area.
CHOP, previously known as the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" or CHAZ, was seized by far-left activists after police were forced to abandon the area, and the SPD's East Precinct, during violent riots earlier this month.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, after driving police from the area, established in a downtown neighborhood in Seattle, armed leftist mobs have been enforcing the zone's "laws," without due process.
Seattle's Police Chief Carmen Best has slammed the city's Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan, saying violent crimes, including rapes, are occurring the CHOP Zone that police are unable to respond to.
Speaking to local news outlet KIRO 7, Matthew Ploszaj, who has lived in a Pine Street apartment building near the East Precinct for eight years, like many other residents, has an open question for Seattle police:
“Who do we call or ask for help when burglars are breaking in and stealing our property?”
"We are now right in the middle of that autonomous zone,” Ploszaj said, according got News Thud.
Ploszaj said he recently called 911 when he saw a burglar breaking into his courtyard, grabbing a bike and other items.
"The dispatcher told me, ‘We are not going in there, there is nothing we can do. We can come meet you on the outside, but if it’s not life-threatening, there’s nothing we can do.’”
He said days later, he saw it happen again.
"I saw the same guy who had broken earlier,” he said.
"He was wearing different clothes, but he locked eyes on me, he saw me and started working toward me, so I ran inside, and called 911 again,” he said.
Police Chief Best declared this week that there’s no “cop-free zone” in the city, but stakeholders in the neighborhood around the abandoned East Precinct police station say otherwise.
And response times to 911 calls in the surrounding area have tripled since police vacated the building, according to authorities.
"We are just sitting ducks all day,” Matthew Ploszaj told Seattle-based KIRO 7.
"Now every criminal in the city knows they can come into this area, and they can do anything they want, as long as it isn’t life-threatening.
"And the police won’t come in to do anything about it."
Ploszaj said he called 911 after witnessing a burglar break into his courtyard and steal a bike, the outlet reported.
Then he said the dispatcher told him there was “nothing we can do” unless someone’s life is in danger.