file photo

Mother of victim who was killed in the CHOP is suing Seattle for “invited lawlessness”

Her lawyer claims first responders failed to assist the young victim before he died.

The mother of a former Renton student that died in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) last summer is suing the City of Seattle for enabling the protest.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was shot and killed during last summer’s protests in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood that expelled police presence in the area and drastically reduced emergency response times.

The federal complaint, filed by lawyer Mark Lindquist on behalf of Anderson’s mother, Donnitta Sinclair, claims that city’s complicit response to the CHOP “invited lawlessness” and created “foreseeable danger.”

The document also claims that Seattle Police and Seattle Fire responders were standing less than two blocks away from where Anderson lay bleeding after being shot, but “failed to assist because of botched communication between the two city agencies and lack of sufficient planning and preparation.”

Anderson was transported to Harborview Medical Center in a bystander’s private vehicle. He died from his wounds at the hospital.

The filed complaint also alleges that police and the city administration enabled protesters to occupy the space with “no effective plan for providing police protection, fire protection, or other emergency services into the surrendered area.”

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

More in News & Comment

Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Fire Department Twitter page
Mercer Island Marine Patrol recovers Bellevue man who drowned in Lake Washington

Mercer Island’s Marine Patrol recovered an adult male who drowned in Lake… Continue reading

Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Nonprofits, activists are expecting greater need as workers are laid off.

Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020. Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan
Vaccination data reveals disparities among regions and race

South King County and certain minority groups are far behind on COVID-19 vaccine goals.

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. 	File photo
Researchers track ‘mysterious’ kokanee salmon in region

Kokanee in Lake Washington and Sammamish are genetically unique. Over the past decades, their numbers have dwindled.

A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)
King County to lift indoor mask mandate on June 29

About 1.3 million county residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

Pills taken during police investigation (photo credit: Bellevue Police)
Renton man charged with homicide after selling fentanyl pills to a Bellevue woman

Law enforcement warns of an alarming increase in fentanyl deaths.

File photo
King County leaders propose emergency funding for gun violence prevention initiative

Sixty-nine people were reportedly shot during the first quarter of 2021.

Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Fire Department Twitter page
MIPD Marine Patrol members search for missing man in Lake Washington

Members of the Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) Marine Patrol and Bellevue… Continue reading

King County logo
Auditors find racial disparities in King County contracts

BIPOC-owned businesses earn contract bids at a much lower rate than white-owned businesses.

Most Read