Mayor, police chief deny making call to abandon precinct; mayor dubs anarchists ‘patriotic’

The leadership in Seattle appeared to be in disarray on Friday after the city’s embattled mayor called the protesters who took over an “autonomous zone” in the city “patriotic” while the official who ordered police to flee the nearby precinct has refused to come forward.  Despite the slow-moving disaster and protesters calling on Mayor Jenny Durkan and Chief Carmen Best…