One person was killed and another wounded early Monday in Seattle's "occupied" protest zone - the second deadly shooting in the area.
A protester stands on a barricade with his fist raised, Friday, June 26, 2020 at the the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle as trucks from the Seattle Department of Transportation are staged behind him.
"It is so fractured, there's people here supporting anarchy, supporting capitalism, supporting no more police coming back, defund the police, we are not sure who those people are affiliated with", said Katie Fichter, a Seattle resident.
The collective of protesters, activists, educators and volunteers in the Capitol Hill Organised Protest was formed after clashes with police who tear-gassed people protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Ms Durkan has expressed support for the protest, calling it "a peaceful expression of our community's collective grief and their desire to build a better world".
While the city allowed the protests to continue for about two weeks, Mayor Jenny Durkan said this week that it was time for protestors to go home, following three shootings in the zone on consecutive nights.
A coalition of Seattle retailers, landlords and residents filed a lawsuit against the city Wednesday - arguing that they've faced "extensive harm" as a result of an "occupied" protest zone.
In particular, the lawsuit claims the city had aided CHOP demonstrators by giving them public restroom facilities, stronger barriers and medical supplies, and that the Seattle Police Department will not enter the area unless there is "life-threatening" crime. In addition, she said police would return to a nearby precinct that was abandoned following clashes with demonstrators.
The work crews meant to remove the barricades, not the remaining protesters, on Friday.
"We're not trying to have conflict", Mr Zimbabwe said.
A number of protesters remained camped in tents outside the East Precinct.
Protesters want the removal of legal protections known as "qualified immunity" for police who violate rights of members of the public - an issue that would need to be addressed in state law, not by the city. The mayor has proposed a vastly more modest cut of $20 million to help balance the city's budget through the end of this year.