Another Night In The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Ends In Gunshots—Organizers Attempt To Steal Phones And Delete Footage
Organizers of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle have been attempting to delete footage of the shootings that are plaguing the makeshift community now occupying the lawless streets surrounding Cal Anderson Park.
The shooting occurred right as the streamer began to walk away:
🚨🚨🚨More shooting in CHAZ /CHOP tonight part 1🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/oIw1Dh0ll9— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) June 22, 2020
Tonight’s second shooting left at least one individual in serious condition according to spokeswoman Susan Gregg of the Harborview Medical Center where the victim was brought. An account dedicated to updates on the situation in CHAZ bemoaned the lack of a police response, sidestepping the irony of wishing for a greater police presence at a protest dedicated to defunding the police and occupying one of their precincts.
Then the streamer had his phone stolen…
In the latest tampering with evidence and attempt to censor important news from the public eye, one member of the zone snatched the phone out of a streamers hands then brought it to the armed security who had been responding to the shooting that happened just moments prior to the altercation.
🚨🚨🚨More shooting in CHAZ /CHOP this man who took Shawn's phone didn't realize he was livestreaming and is demanding the footage be deleted. part 5 pic.twitter.com/B93gC6Yvj2— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) June 22, 2020
“You delete this footage, man,” Oscar Freeman, the thief, warns the streamer, unknowingly broadcasting his face on the ongoing live stream. “I don’t give a f*** who you with.” Freeman then jogs off to the John Brown Gun Club security detail that have become the enforcers of the CHAZ.
Freeman continued to record throughout the entire ordeal, accidentally showing the face of at least one member of the security detail who had lowered his bandanna.
Freeman eventually got in touch with a member of the club LARPing under the nom de guerre “James Madison” and the two scurried off together in order to attempt a deletion of the footage. The camera continued to roll throughout this process.
🚨🚨🚨More shooting in CHAZ /CHOP a person has been hit. Oscar Freeman stole the camera man's phone. He didn't know it was a livestream. He's trying to delete the evidence. part 7 pic.twitter.com/mAwIbNbRHv— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) June 22, 2020
CHAZ is “too much of a bullet magnet” to continue, says streamer:
Shawn Gui, the victim of the theft, says he believes that the protest zone is finished. Describing CHAZ as “way too much of a bullet magnet right now,” he told his audience that he had no intention of returning to film streams at the location later on.
Later that evening, “Madison” tweeted out a string explaining his actions, stating that it wouldn’t be good for CHAZ to have mass media all over the shooting and that’s why he asked for the streamer to delete the video. He seems to have ignored the part where he and Freeman were attempting to access the device, likely to delete the video on their own.