A federal district court in Washington upheld a lawsuit against the city of Seattle on Friday, ruling the plaintiffs “plausibly” present a case that they were harmed during the organized protests there in June.
More than 20 businesses and individuals sued the city on June 24, alleging they suffered severe economic losses and were forced to live in fear and among filth for weeks when protesters took over several blocks not far from City Hall, and city officials effectively ceded authority and control to the protesters.
Protesters dubbed their zone the “Capitol Hill Official Protest,” or CHOP. The unrest surfaced days after George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody, and became one of the first and biggest of many urban protests over alleged “systemic racism” that often included arson and looting.
The city had moved to toss the lawsuit, but with the exception of an equal protection violation allegation that was dismissed without prejudice, U.S. District Judge Thomas