Seattle protesters at a presentation in July. (Getty Images)
Local leaders are speaking out in the wake of U.S. Attorney general of the United States William Barr including Seattle on a list of so-called “anarchist jurisdictions.”
Seattle was included on Barr’s list along with Portland and New York City City, with the mentioned intent to reroute federal funds far from cities “permitting anarchy, violence, and damage.” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responded to the relocation Monday, calling it “a gross abuse of federal power and blatantly illegal.”
“Trump, the Department of Justice, and Barr’s fascination with Seattle and me is unreasonable and most notably, a huge interruption,” Durkan said.
Likewise weighing in was King County District Attorney Dan Satterberg, who released the following statement:
This claims suggests that laws are not being implemented in King County, which might not be further from the reality. The deputy prosecutors in our office are striving in the pursuit of justice and are attending to a record numbers of cases from around the county. This official DOJ designation seems more of a political statement than a factual one, and we were never contacted by them for any real information.
We continue to work well with our partners at both the federal and local level. I have for more than three years worked with our local U.S. Lawyer’s Office for the Western District of Washington. A lot of the Assistant United States Attorneys there started their professions in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Workplace– they are wise, dedicated, independent district attorneys. It is vital for public trust that our work not be swayed by political rhetoric, but grounded in truths and in the pursuit of justice. We are proud of the work we do in our workplace every single day as we make every effort towards a reasonable, equitable and safe county for all.
Satterberg went on to note that counter to the concept that Seattle is running as an “anarchist” city, his workplace has submitted 20 felonies related to demonstrations, “including shootings, weapon cases, assaults, robbery cases, cases involving two deaths, and an arson at the Seattle Authorities East Precinct.”
Seattle Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda– who chairs the council’s spending plan committee– spoke up against the relocation too, labeling it “abhorrent” and “inhumane,” and specifying that the council “wholeheartedly declines this.”
“We will continue to push back and make certain that our city gets the financing that it requires,” Mosqueda vowed.
Washington state Chief law officer Bob Ferguson stated Monday that his office is “examining the legality and implications of this action by the Trump Administration.” Ferguson has often taken the president to court, and is currently presiding over a multi-state claim to roll back current changes to the USPS made by Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.Source: mynorthwest.com