Seattle ‘autonomous zone’ has armed guards, local businesses being threatened with extortion, police say

Seattle police say they have received reports of armed guards and potential extortion in a self-declared autonomous zone that spans several blocks and includes a now-closed precinct. “We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to…

Sister of Slain Federal Officer Asks: Where Is the Outrage Over the Murder of an African-American Cop?

On March 29, Federal Officer David Patrick Underwood was shot and killed while guarding the federal court house Oakland, California. Friends and family members of Federal Protective Services officer and Pinole resident Dave Underwood, slain Friday during protests and looting in Oakland, opened up with reporters about the loss of their loved one on Tuesday. Underwood was…