Father Sues the City of Seattle After Son Murdered in CHAZ

Father Sues the City of Seattle After Son Murdered in CHAZ

(TheRedWire.com) – In early June 2020, during the height of social justice protests and riots, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and city officials allowed activists to set up barricades and quarantine off several blocks. Known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), elected officials refused to allow police into the self-quarantined CHAZ to enforce the law. Durkan called it the summer of love. During the day, the area remained generally peaceful. After nightfall, it became a war zone. One father of a deceased man in CHAZ is taking the mayor and the city council to court over their refusal to protect his son.

On June 20, 2020, nineteen-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr. was shot and killed inside CHAZ. Because police and first responders weren’t allowed into the autonomous zone by city officials due to the area’s surrender, they couldn’t reach Anderson. As a result, he died from the gunshot wound. In response, Anderson’s father filed a lawsuit against the outgoing Mayor, Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and those who didn’t act out of deliberate indifference on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

Anderson Sr.’s 40-page complaint comes just days after a court threw out a lawsuit by Anderson’s mother. The judge ruled that the public doesn’t have a constitutional right to sue a city official who fails to protect the public unless they prove the official knew something would happen and wilfully ignored the risk.

The lawsuit said the city invited lawlessness and foreseeable danger, which led to Anderson Jr.’s death. In the new lawsuit, attorneys added the city’s negligence violated protections outlined in the state Constitution and law.

Will this lawsuit hold up?

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