Author

Danielle Wallace

Browsing

Seattle Department of Transportation crews on Tuesday began removing concrete barriers marking the entrance to the area protesters are calling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest or CHOP.

A crew used heavy machinery to remove the concrete barriers at 10th and East Pine Street. Seattle Police officers were also at the scene to assist crews in case protesters intervened.

Protesters almost immediately began to construct a makeshift barricade to take the concrete barrier’s place, moving furniture, trash cans and plywood into the road to continue to block traffic into the area.

As of Tuesday morning, no plans had been set in place to remove the other concrete barriers in front of the abandoned East Precinct, according to Seattle Police Department Assistant Chief Adrian Diaz.

Seattle Department of Transportation workers remove barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and Pine St., Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle. Protesters quickly moved couches, trash cans and other materials in to replace the cleared barricades. (AP)

Monday marked the fourth shooting near the CHOP zone since the occupation began three weeks ago.

A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old boy remained hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting on 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine around 3 a.m.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best appeared on camera later Monday to urge protesters to leave the CHOP zone, saying “Enough is enough here.”

“This is something that’s going to need to change,” Best said. “We’re asking that people remove themselves from this area for the safety of the people. If they care about people, they’re going to have to try to help us to make it safe.”

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best appeared on camera later Monday to urge protesters to leave the CHOP zone, saying “Enough is enough here.”
“This is something that’s going to need to change,” Best said. “We’re asking that people remove themselves from this area for the safety of the people. If they care about people, they’re going to have to try to help us to make it safe.”

Best said the shooting resulted in the second death of an African-American victim “at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter.”

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot and killed on June 20 when a shooting rang out around 2:30 a.m. near Cal Anderson Park on 10th Avenue and East Pine Street inside the CHOP. A second man was injured in the incident.

The fatality prompted Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, to announce last week that the city would begin efforts to dismantle the occupied zone, but the barriers and tent encampment in Cal Anderson Park remained largely in place throughout the day Monday, KING-TV reported.

A 17-year-old was also shot in the arm near Cal Anderson Park on June 21, and a man in his 30s was shot in the calf near the CHOP zone on June 23.

City efforts to dismantle the CHOP were thwarted Friday when protesters laid down in the street to block Seattle Department of Transportation crews and heavy machinery from removing barricades around the occupied zone. Crews left after two hours without removing the barricades.

The encampment in Cal Anderson Park has become more difficult to manage, drawing violence and a large homeless population since the onset of the occupation three weeks ago.

Organizers on Sunday said they’re seeking to move into the abandoned East Precinct, where most protest leadership have already taken up shelter, as part of an effort to secure their best bargaining chip in convincing city officials to act on police reform and other demands, the Seattle Times reported.

Negotiations between protesters and city officials over the weekend proved unfruitful, despite Durkan reiterating on Sunday that she outlined a plan earlier in the week to review the Seattle Police Department’s budget and allocate funds to invest in black communities.

“In recent weeks, I’ve had more than a dozen meetings with organizations, Black leaders, and protesters. Right now, I am at City Hall doing the work,” Durkan tweeted.

Author: Danielle Wallace

Source: Fox News: Seattle CHOP barriers being cleared by city crews, cops at scene

A large painting of former President Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress similar to that of Monica Lewinsky’s and red heels was found hanging in the New York City mansion of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who recently died in an apparent suicide, according to several reports.

A woman who visited Epstein’s mansion before his July arrest on sex-trafficking charges told the New York Post the large painting was inside the home in Manhattan, a block away from Central Park. She also recalled seeing a mannequin of a woman wearing a wedding dress hanging from the ceiling above the staircase inside the residence.

“It was hanging up there prominently — as soon as you walked in — in a room to the right,” the unidentified source told the Post. “Everybody who saw it laughed and smirked.”

“It was hanging up there prominently — as soon as you walked in — in a room to the right. Everybody who saw it laughed and smirked.”

— Source who visited Epstein mansion

The portrait, dubbed “Sparring Clinton,” was created seven years ago by an Australian satirical artist based in New York City as part of her master’s thesis at the New York Academy of Art.

Petrina Ryan-Kleid told the Post her school sold the painting of Clinton at a fundraiser at the Tribecca Ball in 2012 to one of the attendees. She said she never found out who purchased it.

It remained unclear if Epstein attended the fundraiser and how he acquired the piece of art.

“As with most of my paintings, I had completely lost track of this piece when it was sold seven years ago. So it was a complete surprise to me to learn yesterday that it wound up in Epstein’s home,” Ryan-Kleid said in a statement to the Post.

Epstein was found hanging inside his Manhattan jail cell, officials confirmed Saturday. He reportedly had been taken off suicide watch and was on “special observation” when he was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Federal investigators raided Epstein’s Manhattan mansion to search for evidence that could corroborate claims the financier ran a prostitution ring of underage girls from the residence located a block away from Central Park.

Another unnamed source, reportedly a hedge fund manager, told the Post he had visited Epstein’s mansion to pitch investment strategies to the multimillionaire.

A $5.9 million painting was hung on the wall of the mansion’s home office. A taxidermied tiger and a poodle where also in the room, according to the source, who snapped photos of the home office when he was admitted by house staff.

Both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were photographed partying with Epstein in the 1990s. Recently released private flight logs show Clinton, who was Epstein’s friend, rode on Epstein’s private jet, the Post reported.

The FBI continues to investigate Epstein’s death. The Manhattan jail’s warden was replaced pending the results of the investigation after it was found jailers failed to carry out rigorous protocols put in place to monitor inmates on special watch.

Conspiracy theories have circulated online surrounding Epstein’s apparent suicide, including some that imply former President Bill Clinton was linked to Epstein’s death.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

Author: Danielle Wallace

Source: Fox News: Painting of Bill Clinton in blue dress and heels was inside Jeffrey Epstein’s NYC mansion: report

Ad Blocker Detected!

Advertisements fund this website. Please disable your adblocking software or whitelist our website.
Thank You!