Federalist: A new federal bill introduced by Republican Congressmen Chip Roy and Ted Budd would let crime victims in “autonomous zones” such as the one set up in Seattle sue state or local governments for damages.
The Justice for Victims of Lawless Cities Act would enable murder, rape, or other felony victims (or their families, if a victim has died or is otherwise incapable of bringing suit) to recover damages from the governments that abandoned them to the jurisdiction of lawless anarchists. Additionally, anyone whose business was harmed “within a lawless autonomous zone” may bring suit against the government.
“This bill would be a strong incentive to local jurisdictions to break up any remaining lawless zones or prevent one from being established in the first place,” said Rep. Budd (R-N.C.).
The bill comes after multiple shootings in Seattle’s infamous “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone/Occupied Protest” left two African-American teenagers dead and another in critical condition. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin allowed the autonomous zone to continue for weeks, calling it a “block party” and a “summer of love,” as protesters barred police from the area. Meanwhile, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best reported additional “assaults, rape, robbery, [and] shootings” after police left the precinct. MORE HERE