Rapper Raz Simone has been accused of establishing himself as a ‘warlord’ within Seattle’s ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’, allegedly patrolling the area with an AK-47 and a crew of armed men.
The six-block region, which includes the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, was overtaken on Wednesday night by a group of rebel protesters who set up barricades and armed checkpoints and declared it a police-free zone.
Simone, 30, a local rapper and activist, is believed to have assumed the role of leader of the rebel state after he was seen urging licensed gun-owners to guard the area and allegedly assaulted a protester for disobeying his orders, City-Journal reported.
The rap artist on Tuesday called for the long-term occupation of the area, tweeting: ‘Come out now & hold it down.’
Read more: Rapper Raz Simone is accused of being a ‘warlord’ within Seattle’s CHAZ after patrolling the area with an AK-47 and a crew of armed men who said: ‘we are the police now’