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caption: A protesters raises their hands in the air while standing at a police line outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and in East Pike Street in Seattle.
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A protesters raises their hands in the air while standing at a police line outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and in East Pike Street in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Photos: Final moments of the CHOP as police clear the area

"A lot of people think CHOP was a place," said organizer David Lewis to a group of other demonstrators at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street on Wednesday.

"Capitol Hill was just where this movement started," Lewis said. "We are CHOP. That is not CHOP."

For weeks, people have gathered in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone to demand an end to police brutality and the unjust killings of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

Early Wednesday morning, the Seattle Police Department, along with Bellevue police officers and local FBI officials forced protesters out of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.

Under an executive order from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan following recent shootings in or near the CHOP zone that left two individuals dead, officers began clearing the area around 5 a.m. At least 30 people were arrested and more arrests were made that evening.

Below are scenes from the morning that the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by police, Wednesday, July 1.

caption: Racial justice activist Tealshawn Turner addresses Seattle Police Department officers at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after they cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone, CHOP, early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle. "I don't get it," said Tuner. "Why is it so hard to just acknowledge basic human rights? Why is it so hard to hold your fellow officers accountable?"
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Racial justice activist Tealshawn Turner addresses Seattle Police Department officers at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after they cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone, CHOP, early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle. "I don't get it," said Tuner. "Why is it so hard to just acknowledge basic human rights? Why is it so hard to hold your fellow officers accountable?"
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Police Department officers form a line at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Police Department officers form a line at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A Black power fist, 'Fuck the PoPo' and Black Lives Matter signs are shown on the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct building as Police Chief Carmen Best holds a press briefing after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
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A Black power fist, 'Fuck the PoPo' and Black Lives Matter signs are shown on the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct building as Police Chief Carmen Best holds a press briefing after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: An armored Seattle Police Department vehicle is parked at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street, next to spray paint on the pavement reading 'One Love' after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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An armored Seattle Police Department vehicle is parked at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street, next to spray paint on the pavement reading 'One Love' after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A Seattle Police Department officer rides a bicycle next to a 'Fuck the PoPo' sign after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
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A Seattle Police Department officer rides a bicycle next to a 'Fuck the PoPo' sign after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Police Department officers dressed in riot gear form a line at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Police Department officers dressed in riot gear form a line at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove barricades after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove barricades after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Pine Street in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Police Department officers drive an armored vehicle through the former Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone after the zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Police Department officers drive an armored vehicle through the former Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone after the zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A protester stands at the intersection of Broadway and East  Pine Street next to a line of Seattle Police Department officers after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, was cleared by the police early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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A protester stands at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street next to a line of Seattle Police Department officers after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, was cleared by the police early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Police Department officers walk near the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Police Department officers walk near the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees use bulldozers to remove items from outside of the East Precinct building and place them into dumpsters after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees use bulldozers to remove items from outside of the East Precinct building and place them into dumpsters after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Protesters, including Elisha Ewing, right, raise their fists in the air while forming a circle and blocking traffic at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after Seattle Police Department officers cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Protesters, including Elisha Ewing, right, raise their fists in the air while forming a circle and blocking traffic at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after Seattle Police Department officers cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove a Black power fist from a telephone pole outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, was cleared early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove a Black power fist from a telephone pole outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, was cleared early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Protesters embrace at a Seattle Police Department line outside of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone after the zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Protesters embrace at a Seattle Police Department line outside of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone after the zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A Seattle Police Department officer prepares to climb down a ladder across the street from the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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A Seattle Police Department officer prepares to climb down a ladder across the street from the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle Department of Transportation employees remove items from outside of the East Precinct building after the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone was cleared by Seattle Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Security guards stand in front of graffiti that reads 'they have no problem killing us,' as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, is cleared on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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Security guards stand in front of graffiti that reads 'they have no problem killing us,' as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, CHOP, is cleared on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer