Fire set outside the East Precinct in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Seattle Police)
While the Seattle City Council is on a break for a couple of weeks and Mayor Jenny Durkan hasn’t dealt with current violence on Capitol Hill, Gee and Ursula are stepping in for the politicians and have messages for homeowners.
The violence that we have witnessed the last few nights in Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle is undesirable and will not be tolerated. While I completely support everybody’s right to object quietly, setting fires, breaking windows, robbery businesses and the attacks on the police precincts amount to criminal behavior and individuals who demand hurting others will be arrested and prosecuted.
Over the last couple of months– the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd– have actually exposed the racial oppressions and the injustices that still exist throughout the nation and in our city. Now, the authorities shooting in Kenosha has reignited anger and fear and has actually raised concerns about policing in America and in our own city. I urge you to reserve judgment up until we find out more about this case.
We should and we WILL make changes to ensure that Seattle is a place where everyone feels safe, where everyone is valued, and where families and businesses can thrive. We will continue to build on the hard work that has gone into reforming the authorities department under the federal consent decree. Although SPD has made development, there is still work to do to address racial injustice and excessive use of force. The cops chief and her department are devoted to doing the essential work to make sure that public safety for ALL is our top priority.
As much as we want all of these changes to take place now, we can’t do it over night. What we WILL do instantly is welcome all of you, all the leaders from our communities of color, the LGBTQ neighborhood, business neighborhood, spiritual leaders, and the authorities to work together on options.
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