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Jun 18, 2020

Wondering what's going on in Seattle's police-free zone? The national media's reporting on the CHOP (Capital Hill Organized Protest) has, at times, been inaccurate. Today you can hear the truth from someone who's there every day.

On this mini-episode, we are joined again by Seattle-based NPR reporter Casey Martin for the inside story. Casey has been on Seattle's Capitol Hill since the protests began, and has spent all week in the zone talking to shop owners, protestors, residents, and armed civilians.

He shares his view from the streets, dispelling rumors of rioting and violence, and answering common questions about what exactly is going on in this ongoing organized protest. He also talks about the reactions of the area's local residents and business owners, the complaints from some Black Lives Matter activists that it's taking attention away from the movement, and how, perhaps surprising to some, he feels safer on the streets now than when the police were there.

Find Casey on Instagram and Twitter, and listen to his earlier interview on Bittersweet Moment No. 61: A Nation in Protest.


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