Story at a glance:

  • The mother of a deceased teen is suing Seattle.
  • Donnitta Sinclair’s son was visiting the Capitol Hill Organized Protest when he was shot.
  • The mayor of Seattle called the protests "a summer of love" in June 2020

The mother of a teen boy who was shot and killed last year in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) is suing the city for its negligence to allow “lawlessness and … a foreseeable danger.”

Donnitta Sinclair, the mother of Horace Lorenzo Anderson, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that the city enabled last summer’s CHOP, which led to the death of her 19-year-old son, The Seattle Times reported.


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On June 20, Anderson was visiting CHOP — the self-declared autonomous zone in which police cleared the department’s East Precinct and surrounding areas, according to The Seattle Times — when he ran into another teen identified as Marcel Long. Shown on surveillance video and described by witnesses, a scuffle ensued with others pulling the young men apart. Long allegedly then pulled a handgun and shot Anderson several times. 

Anderson graduated just a day prior to his death from an alternative youth program, The Seattle Times report. 

On June 8, the police department withdrew their forces and left behind an East Precinct on Capitol Hill district.

Sinclair alleges in the lawsuit that by allowing police to abandon the area, city officials were negligent and created a situation that led to her son’s death. 

Mayor Jenny Durkan called the protests  "a summer of love" and "block party” last year, comments that have since come back to bite her. 

Durkan eventually ended the CHOP zone with an executive order in July.

Up to that point, the protesters successfully seized an approximate six-block area and created an "autonomous police-free zone." For several days, the mayor tolerated the behavior while shootings were taking place at CHOP and some of the protesters decided to protest at her private home.


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Published on May 10, 2021