It’s clear @realDonaldTrump doesn’t understand what’s happening on five square blocks of our City. Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill has for decades been a place for free speech, community, and self expression.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 11, 2020
Lawfully gathering and expressing first amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society and provide true equity for communities of color is not terrorism – it is patriotism.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 11, 2020
The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone #CHAZ is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection – it is a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world. Given his track record, it’s not hard to believe that Trump is wrong, yet again.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 11, 2020
For the thousands of individuals who have been on Capitol Hill, I think you’ve seen what I’ve seen: The painting of Black Lives Matter along Pine Street, food trucks, spaghetti potlucks, teach-ins, and movies.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 11, 2020
Seattle is passionate, we demand justice, and I believe we will be at the forefront of true, meaningful change. Nothing will distract our city from the work that needs to be done.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 11, 2020
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responds to SD Gov. Kristi Noem: “Her caricature of the great cities across America is not only wrong, it’s purposefully wrong. I think she needs to get off Twitter and get off Fox News and come see our city.” @MSNBC— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 27, 2020
The father of a 19-year-old killed in Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) said he received a call from President Trump (@realDonaldTrump) regarding his son’s death, but not from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. More here:https://t.co/71FIsPgPuf— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) July 3, 2020
Seattle is on our radar.
As we noted on Monday, “police reform” went into effect in Washington State last weekend. The shitlibs in the Washington state legislature have gone further to embrace the “racial justice movement” and to dismantle the police than any state in the country. In fact, they have been steadily working toward this goal since 2012 which predates the rise of Black Lives Matter. The birth of CHAZ/CHOP last summer was a major milestone that drew national attention to Seattle’s descent into anarchy.
Seattle is one of many Democratic cities that is currently undergoing a police exodus. At least 270 police officers have left the Seattle Police Department since 2020 and this was before “police reform” went into effect on Sunday. They obviously saw the writing on the wall and got out. Carmen Best, Seattle’s black female police chief seen in the image above, quit last summer after being accused by progressive activists and Black Lives Matter and Antifa of being a heartless monster who ruthlessly enforces systematic racism. The fact that most of these progressive cities have frustrated and beleaguered black police chiefs is one of the many ironies of life under “white supremacy” in Joe Biden’s America.
“As a city, we cannot continue on this current trajectory of losing police officers,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said during a Monday press conference. “Over the past 17 months, the Seattle Police Department has lost 250 police officers which is the equivalent of over 300,000 service hours. We’re on path to losing 300 police officers.”
Durkan added that the weekend violence is a “reminder” that there are certain emergency situations that require sworn police officers. …
According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the total number of shootings countywide this year is 33% higher compared to the same time period between 2017 and 2020. The total number of people shot this year in Seattle also increased 61% compared to the same time period in previous years. …”
Last September, the Seattle City Council overrode Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto and made good on their vow to “Defund the Police.” She called it “very disappointing.”
“Not unexpected, losing these number of officers, when city leaders talk about cutting the department by 50%,” the mayor said. “You will lose employees. Families need security. Workers, even police officers, need working conditions that support them. We cannot just cut. We need a plan.”
Speaking at the press conference, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said he needs more officers and support from the city.
He said the city should be “making it clear to officers, current and prospective…that they will have our support, financially and otherwise, to do this job well and know they will not be laid off due to budget cuts.”
The call to action came after a weekend of shootings left four people dead and seven injured. Crime in the city has been on the rise, with data from the King County Prosecutor’s Office showing that the total number of shootings countywide this year is 33 percent higher than during the same time period between 2017 and 2020.
The progressive city was thrust to the forefront of conversations over defunding police last summer when protesters took over a section of the city and declared it an “autonomous zone.” …”
Progressives are steadily trying to create an upside down world.
The basic functions of the state like controlling its own borders or maintaining law and order are increasingly being condemned as “fascism” and “authoritarianism.” And yet, the very same people want to expand the power and authority of the state to police speech and spy on private citizens and to crush their political enemies and force people to get vaccinated and wear masks.