Over a dozen businesses within the self-proclaimed autonomous protest zone inside Seattle have filed a class action suit against the City claiming it left businesses defenseless when police were pulled from the department’s East Precinct.

After days of protests and riots, the city made the decision for police to abandon the East Precinct on June 8 “leaving behind numerous barriers” which Capitol Hill Occupied Protest participants then used to barricade several city blocks, states the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Business owners argue the area subsequently suffered “extensive property damage, public safety dangers, and an inability to use and access their properties.”

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