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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Furthermore, Wisenberg contends that the indictment could have surfaced much earlier, pointing to the IRS whistleblowers’ struggle to keep the investigation ongoing. The legal battle, which involved Judge Maryellen Noreika in a Delaware courtroom, prevented what Wisenberg calls a “hinky plea deal” from proceeding. According to reports from Fox News, the former counsel believes that the defense attorneys for Hunter Biden may have overreached in their plea deal negotiations, leading to the current legal turmoil.
The California indictment specifically accuses Hunter Biden of failing to pay nearly $200,000 in income tax for the year 2019. This follows his October plea of not guilty to federal gun charges in the District of Delaware, a case originating from a lengthy investigation.
As the legal noose tightens around Hunter Biden, the latest tax charges come at a critical time. House Republican leaders are gearing up for a vote next week on a measure that could formally initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. The proposed inquiry revolves around potential connections between the president and his son’s business dealings, further intensifying the political and legal challenges faced by the Biden family.
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