It’s hard to believe that Seattle’s City Council overrode Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of a bill that would cut police funding by around $3 million. But to say we live in strange times would be an understatement.
The vote by the Council was 7-2 Tuesday evening and the results of its disastrous decisions will reverberate throughout the community for years to come.
“We cannot look away from this and we can no longer accept the status quo if we truly believe that Black lives matter,” said Council President Lorena Gonzalez.
Interestingly, Gonzalez didn’t mention former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, who retired Sept. 2 after the planned cuts to the department. At the time, Chief Best said that such policies would put her officers at risk and put her department in a “position destined to fail.”
She was Seattle’s first Black police chief and had worked in the Department for nearly three decades. Nobody bothered to listen to her. If the people who pushed for the defunding of the police department really cared about Black lives then the first person they should’ve consulted was Chief Best. They didn’t.
As reported by Fox News, during the hour of public comments on Tuesday, most speakers urged the council to override the veto as a measure of solidarity with the organization Black Lives Matter, The Seattle Times originally reported.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe … Countless videos of Black and brown lives lost here in Seattle and across the country shows us that not everyone feels safe,” González added, according to the Times.
“We need public safety that’s centered on harm reduction, not the status quo…When I look back in this moment of time, I want to be able to tell my daughter, who I’m currently holding in my arms, that I did the right thing and that I voted on the right side of history,” she said.
Maybe Gonzalez should talk to all the families who’ve lost their children in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore and throughout our nation who’ve been killed in drive by shootings.
Maybe the Seattle City Council should speak to women who’ve been lucky enough to have a police officer available to stop a domestic violence attack against them, or capture a burglar or stop a rapist from attacking them.
Maybe the Council should speak to people who’ve called police as their first line of defense, or as a first responder and had someone trained that could save their lives.
These unbelievable decisions by a so-called ‘woke’ council that they have politicized to show support to the black populations are going to only going to backfire.
It will hurt the communities who need law enforcement the most and usually that’s underprivileged communities with high crime rates.
I should know, I was a journalist covering some of the most underprivileged, gang-ridden communities during the beginning of my career. I also lived in one of those communities throughout high school and during the first decade of my older children’s lives.
Read my first major series of stories from the Daily Bulletin about the children raised in these neighborhoods and the law enforcement officials who protect them.
Jamie’s story was always one of the most important series of social justice stories I worked on because it revealed the community as a whole – not one person to blame, not one group of people to blame but it forced the residents of San Bernardino County and Pomona to take a deeper look and search for solutions to the violence.
Seattle is just a microcosm of what is happening across our nation. The push from the left and Democrats to vilify the police has harmed our nation immeasurably. It will not only lead to more officers leaving the force but it will leave communities vulnerable to crime and nefarious networks that already hold many underprivileged communities hostage.
Law and order exists in society for a reason. Police officers are the first line of defense for our communities and the Democrats who’ve pushed against law enforcement can’t make two sets of rules – one for them and the other for the community.
What I mean is, if regular citizens can’t get a police officer when they need them most, then the Democrats, along with the radical left who pushed to defund the police, should also be in the same boat.
There should be no privileges for those officials in the communities that have chosen to defund law enforcement.
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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp
Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, announced his decision to step down from his roles as Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corp on Thursday. The transition is set to take effect in November, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, assuming the position of sole chairman for both media conglomerates.
According to reports from Fox News, Murdoch addressed his colleagues in a letter, where he explained that his decision was prompted by a desire to embrace new roles while recognizing the capable leadership of his son, Lachlan. He stated, “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies.”
Despite the transition, Rupert Murdoch made it clear that he would remain actively involved in the “contest of ideas,” highlighting the intensifying battle over freedom of speech and freedom of thought. He criticized elites and the media for prioritizing narratives over the pursuit of truth.
“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas,” he wrote.
Lachlan Murdoch issued a statement, congratulating his father for his remarkable 70-year career and acknowledging his enduring impact on the companies he founded. He expressed gratitude for Rupert Murdoch’s vision, pioneering spirit, and steadfast determination, assuring that he would continue to provide valuable counsel in his role as Chairman Emeritus.
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire includes FOX News Channel, which has been a dominant force in 24-hour news coverage since its launch in 1996. Under his leadership, it became one of the world’s most influential news sources. Additionally, Murdoch served as the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 1979 until 2015 and as its Chairman from 1991 to 2015.
Murdoch’s career began in 1954 when he assumed control of News Limited, a public corporation in Australia previously led by his father. He expanded his media holdings internationally, acquiring major UK publications like News of the World and The Sun in 1969, as well as U.S. newspapers including the New York Post and The Village Voice.
His impact extended to television with the launch of the FOX Broadcasting company in 1986 and the subsequent establishment of FOX Sports. In 2019, Fox Corporation emerged as a standalone, publicly traded entity following the separation of 21st Century Fox, redefining the U.S. media landscape.
Rupert Murdoch’s contributions to the media industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Alongside his family, he has supported various charitable organizations across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia, and Israel.
The transition of leadership marks a significant moment in the media world, as Rupert Murdoch’s enduring legacy continues to influence the future of media and journalism.
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