Seattle Police Department East Precinct
The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) or the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), also known as the Zone and Free Capitol Hill, is an occupation protest and self-declared autonomous zone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The Zone, covering approximately six city blocks and a park, was established on June 8, 2020 by George Floyd protesters after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) vacated its East Precinct building at Capitol Hill.
Local governance in the Zone is decentralized, with the goal of creating a neighborhood without police. Purported demands associated with the Zone include rent control, the reversal of gentrification, the abolition or defunding of police, funding of community health, and releasing prisoners serving time for marijuana-related offenses or resisting arrest, with expungement of their records.