Dad Of Teen Killed In Seattle's CHOP Says Mayor, Police Haven't Reached Out

The father of a Black teenager killed in Seattle's Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone wants answers about his son's death—and said the city's police force and mayor still haven't reached out to him.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., 19, was fatally shot in Cal Anderson Park in the early hours of June 20. A 33-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting.

That incident and another the following day prompted Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to announce that the CHOP zone would be dismantled.

Protesters had occupied several blocks of the Capitol Hill neighborhood for two weeks in June after police abandoned a precinct following clashes with demonstrators during unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody.

Early Wednesday, Seattle police turned out in force after Durkan ordered the protest zone to be cleared after declaring it an unlawful assembly.

But during an appearance on Hannity on Wednesday night, Anderson's father Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr. said 10 days on from his son's death, he still hasn't heard from Durkan or the Seattle Police Department.

Anderson told host Sean Hannity that he only found out about his son's death from two of his friends who happened to be in the area where his son was killed.

"Someone should've came and knocked on my door and... let me know about my son," he said. "To this day, I really don't know nothing. I'm still here sitting. I haven't heard nothing from nobody. Somebody needs to come to my house and knock on my door and tell me something. I don't know nothing. All I know is my son got killed up there.

"They say, 'He's just a 19-year-old.'" No, that's Horace Lorenzo Anderson. That's my son, and I loved him."

He added that he felt his son's death was being "swept under the rug" and "forgotten about."

Anderson, who said he is burying his son on Thursday, said that although he understands the Black Lives Matter protests, that's not his concern at the moment. "That's not my movement right now. My movement is let them know that was my son," he added.

Anderson's comments come after Durkan noted during a press conference on Wednesday that the protest zone needed to be cleared due to the deaths of two teenagers, including Anderson Jr.

"The recent public safety threats have been well documented," she said. "These acts of gun violence resulted in the tragic deaths of two teenagers, with multiple others seriously wounded. Despite continued efforts to deescalate and bring community together, this violence demanded action."

In a statement, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said as well as the fatal shootings, robberies, assaults, violence and property crimes had occurred in the area in recent weeks.

Durkan stands with Trump against the housing insecure and black lives. We are like water. We don’t end with CHOP. https://t.co/uTzvfdlqnv

— Seattle Black Collective Voice (@seattleBCV) July 1, 2020

"As I have said, and I will say again, I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community.  But enough is enough," Best said.

"The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings—two fatal—robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area."

Best added that she wanted police to move back into the precinct so officers could better respond to needs of the community.

However, protesters have said that they should not be blamed for the violence that took place in the police-free zone.

Seattle Black Collective Voice, which was formed by protesters in the CHOP zone, wrote on Twitter that they would continue their work even if they were forced out of the area. "We don't end with CHOP," the group tweeted on Wednesday.

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Workers use a bulldozer to remove remaining items from an encampment outside the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct after police cleared the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) in Seattle, Washington on July 1, 2020. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images