Seattle’s aggressive ‘defund the police’ movement resulted in over 400 officers quitting, leaving the Seattle Police Department drastically understaffed.
The Seattle Times reports crime is soaring, with a 95% increase win shots fired and a 171% increase in people being shot from 2021 to 2022.
The Police Department is unable to investigate new sexual assault cases due to lack of resources, and Seattle’s violent crime rate, “which had been steady fo 30 years, suddenly jumped 20% in 2021” reports The Daily Caller News Foundation.
One area which demonstrates what goes wrong when progressives transfer responsibilities from police for “feel good” purposes cost the city a whopping $5 million.
The Seattle Times reports roughly 100,000 parking tickets worth approximately $5 million total is being refunded after transferring parking enforcement duties “from police to civilian parking enforcement officers in the fall of 2021.”
Civilian officers “lacked the legal authority to write the tickets” and “Parking officers also conducted more than 10,000 car tows and impounded 1,700 cars without the proper authority during this period.”
“The decision to remove this responsibility from police was part of a push in 2020 to reduce police funding and have civilians take on jobs typically handled by police, according to The Seattle Times. The City Council cut the police budget by 17% in 2020, far short of its 50% goal” reports DCNF.
“What’s going to happen here is that we’re going to get sued, I can guarantee it,” said Chuck Labertew, president of Lincoln Towing, which has the sole contract for city-initiated towing, according to The Seattle Times. “And I’m going to forward every one of those lawsuits on over to the city” he said.
It’s one thing when progressive policies result in the city having to fork out millions of dollars, but there is no price tag on what those same policies are doing to victims of sexual and violent crimes when police cannot help them.
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Tolerant Left: Rhodes college Alumni for reproductive rights calls for Justice Coney Barrett’s removal from hall of fame
The tolerant left is calling for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to be removed from her alma mater’s hall of fame. An alumni group from Barrett’s former school, Rhodes College, created a petition to have Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett removed from the college’s hall of fame over.
The group’s reasoning stems back to the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
It’s unclear when the alumni group came into existence, but now deem themselves the “Rhodes College Alumni for Reproductive Rights.” The group has pushed college President Jennifer Collins ad the school’s director of community standards to have Barrett’s hall of fame accomplishment withdrawn due to her “public breach of the honor code.”
The letter, written this month, claims Barrett’s testimony during her confirmation hearing in October 2020 conflicted with her vote in Dobbs, which overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion.
“We find any claim by Justice Barrett during her nomination hearings that she would consider the potential detrimental effect of overruling precedent on a given individual to be disingenuous and misleading. She’s told us herself that if one stays true to originalism and the text of the Constitution, it is immaterial as to whether an action could result in widespread chaos or trampling on the reliance interests of millions of Americans. Dobbs and the current state of women’s health care post-Roe confirms this,” the signatories wrote in the petition.
Signatories also accuse Barrett of being “one of the biggest current threats to our fundamental rights, the stability of our nation, and our democracy.”
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley rebuked the group, saying they are relying on “the false claim that Barrett misled the Senate on her views on Roe.”
…The use of clearly false allegations in the name of upholding the honor system does not seem to concern these signatories. Yet, it is Justice Barrett who is accused of “an egregious lack of fidelity with the Rhodes Honor System.”
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 7, 2022
Rhodes College told the Washington Examiner it had no comment on the request.
“We are aware that some alumni are soliciting signatures for a letter regarding Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The letter has not yet been delivered to Rhodes, so we have no comment at this time,” Rhodes College said in a statement.
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