Seattle Democrat Who Led Defund Police Effort Slams Cops for Not Protecting Her from ‘Feces Thrower’

A progressive Democrat member of the Seattle City Council, who has led efforts to defund the city’s police department in recent years, is slamming the cops for “failing to investigate” multiple instances of feces being thrown into her yard.

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said:

“There is obviously a glaring inconsistency between this approach and the way in which former Mayor Durkan, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest was held a short distance from her mansion, was provided with a 24-hour stakeout for a full year.

“As a socialist City Councilmember who has participated in Black Lives Matter protests, I am being told that my case of six threatening incidents involving human excrement doesn’t merit even a serious investigation, let alone protection.”

The police said:

“Friends of the victim were watching the home when the suspect threw a plastic bag, containing several individual bags of suspected human feces, into the yard.

“The friends confronted the suspect and snapped multiple photos as he ran away.

“Witnesses described the suspect, pictured below, as an Asian man, approximately 5-foot 4-inches tall.

“The department takes incidents involving public officials seriously, and investigators have canvassed for evidence, gathered information from witnesses, and reviewed everything collected thus far.

“At this time, the department has not found any evidence this case would meet the city or state standards for hate crime laws, but SPD will follow available leads should new information arise.

“The department encourages anyone with additional information about this case to contact police,” the police said.

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From KIRO7 July 23, 2020:

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant revealed her proposal on Thursday for defunding the police department’s budget by an estimated $85 million, effective next month.

“Seattle’s movement is demanding that Seattle Police Department be defunded by at least 50%,” she said.

That proposed plan, which will be introduced in amendments before the council’s budget committee on Friday, includes $34.7 million for affordable housing in communities that have faced displacement and gentrification; $16.3 million to fund currently unfunded city services; $15.5 million for Black and brown restorative justice and other community programs; and $14.7 million to move the 911 center out of SPD’s control.

She is also calling for a reduction in patrols and elimination of the city’s Navigation Team, which is responsible for removing homeless encampments.

One of her supporters Sam Sumpter, the vice president of UAW 4121, spoke out against SPD’s actions during protests.

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