Man shot in CHOP wants to sue cops for not responding: Just one problem

Man shot in CHOP wants to sue cops for not responding: Just one problem
DeJuan Young (Image: KING screen grab)

Last Saturday, the new Nation of CHOP suffered its first casualty. The shooting victim, 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson, didn’t die in the nation’s struggle for independence. Rather he was felled by bullets fired from a so-far unidentified black SUV.

The case made national news not only because another young black man had died but because police and EMTs were denied entrance to the autonomous zone. Anderson’s godmother, a woman identified only as Stacy, had some choice words for CHOP leaders, telling them, “You just messed up your whole movement because you should’ve sat up here and been protecting him. You guys let a black life go in your so-called ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest on the street. Come on now. I’m trying to understand, why wouldn’t you let 911 medics in to help him?”

Lorenzo Anderson wasn’t the only shooting victim on Saturday. In an  incident that the victim claims was unrelated, 33-year-old DeJuan Young was shot multiple times. Unlike Anderson he lived to talk to reporters about his brush with death. Seattle station KING reports:

Young said that he was leaving the CHOP to head home early Saturday morning. He says four men approached him, called him a racial slur and shot him.

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“I’m positive this was a hate crime,” Young said. “When he shot me, the recoil and the surprise pushed me on top of the hood of the vehicle. At that time, he stood over top of me and continued to shoot. And I tried to block myself.”

Young said that despite being outside the CHOP zone, it was volunteer medics and not the Seattle police or fire department that tended to him and ultimately drove him to Harborview [Hospital].

In an interview from his hospital bed, Young credits the protesters with saving his life.

Not only is he grateful to CHOPpers, but as he makes clear in the video that follows, he plans to sue the Seattle police for not coming to his aid in a timely fashion.

But police, as noted earlier, were blocked from entering CHOP by protesters linking arms to form a human chain! There was no way they could get to Young to minister to his wounds.

As to Young’s claim that his shooting was driven, he has maintained in other interviews with the press that he was shot by either Proud Boys or the Ku Klux Klan. It stretches credulity to imagine figures in hood and robes getting anywhere near CHOP, which his attackers must have been wearing. How otherwise would Young be able to identify them as members of the KKK?

Young is not alone in insisting that ring-wing bigots have made their way into the autonomous zone. After Saturday night’s shootings, a Seattle council member released a statement suggesting that the shootings were a “false flag” attack.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."