• The clean up operation began at Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone on Wednesday 
  • It came after officers in riot gear issued a dispersal order at 5am and used bicycles to herd the protesters 
  • Pictures show trash and debris being collected by city workers with tents and protest signs taken down
  • Mitch McConnell said the move to shut down the zone 'is several deaths too late' after two black men were shot dead 
  • Mayor Durkan said there has been a 525% spike in violent crimes, including rape and assault, in the area
  • People had occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct
  • Police had abandoned the building following clashes with those calling for an end to police brutality
  • Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said: 'The CHOP has become lawless and brutal'

The clean up operation began at Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone on Wednesday after police in the city reclaimed their precinct following the mayor's early morning executive order to vacate the area.

Bulldozers moved in and crushed the camp where protesters occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. Officers had abandoned the building on June 8 following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. 

But Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, say the move to shut down the zone 'is several deaths too late' after two black men were shot dead. 


At least 31 people were arrested at the CHOP zone Wednesday which has seen the two deadly shootings and crime rise by more than 500 per cent in just over three weeks. 

Senate Majority Leader McConnell tweeted: 'Finally. Twenty-some days and several deaths too late. The rule of law must not fade in and out with the fashions of the radical left.'

Rep Doug Collins added: 'It's sad that it took two deaths for the Seattle mayor to finally realize what we've known all along. WE NEED OUR POLICE!' 

Pictures show trash and debris being collected by city workers with tents and protest signs taken down. Police said they found 'recovered improvised spike strips—designed to puncture vehicle tires—in the area of the CHOP'.

The 31 arrests were for failure to disperse, obstruction, assault, and unlawful weapon possession, they added. 

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The clean up operation began at Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone on Wednesday

The clean up operation began at Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone on Wednesday

Seattle Department of Transportation begins removing plywood outside the closed Seattle Police East Precinct

Seattle Department of Transportation begins removing plywood outside the closed Seattle Police East Precinct

Pictures show trash and debris being collected by city workers with tents and protest signs taken down

Pictures show trash and debris being collected by city workers with tents and protest signs taken down

Bulldozers moved in and crushed the camp where protesters occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. Officers had abandoned the building on June 8 following clashes with protesters

Bulldozers moved in and crushed the camp where protesters occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. Officers had abandoned the building on June 8 following clashes with protesters