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Seattle Crime Rise Spreads Statewide Thanks to Progressive Democrat Policies


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Seattle Crime Rise Spreads Statewide Thanks to Progressive Democrat Policies

Thanks to a Democratic legislature that has codified sweeping police defunding proposals into law, along with light-hearted judges on crime, the crime surge hitting Seattle is spreading across the state. And there is no sign that the explosion in crime will slow down; in fact it becomes worse.

Seattle has averaged more than one homicide per week so far this year. Gun violence nearly doubled, with 95% more shootings and a 171% increase in gunshot victims compared to last year. Drug trafficking is rampant, homeless shoplifters destroy local businesses, and brutal, random muggings are all too common.

Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Seattle doesn’t stay in Seattle.

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In nearby Tacoma, the homicide rate is just as bad as in Seattle. Robberies in the city reached 219 through March 13. Compare that to last year’s 83 at this time last year. Yakima, located in central Washington, has seen a spiraling domestic violence epidemic with 1,592 domestic violence incidents since last July.

Meanwhile, car thefts in the mid-sized border town of Bellingham have increased by more than 300%, already exceeding the total number of thefts in 2019. In the east of the state, Spokane is experiencing similar problems with a 90% increase in car thefts. .

Where does all this come from? The left’s assault on police and courts following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Fringe activists demanded change and like-minded Democratic lawmakers obliged.

Democrats have passed legislation preventing cops from using force — including detention at a crime scene — unless there is probable cause for arrest. They even banned most car chases, which means criminals can literally leave the scene of most crimes without fear of being chased and detained. Cities like Seattle have gone further by completely banning most traffic stops.

The Use of Force Bill was amended somewhat in the last legislative session to allow police to use force if a suspect flees the scene of a crime. But the standard is always probable cause – far higher than reasonable suspicion.

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This is important because criminals know that these new laws work in their favor and that they profit from it.

Smash and grabs continue to wreak havoc. Scammers break into various retail stores, usually driving a car (but sometimes a forklift) into a storefront, before physically removing the ATM. Due to the cash-only nature of pottery shops, they are also targeted, with some 200 thefts this year and many of them armed.

FILE – Seattle police respond to the Third Avenue and Pine Street area after a fatal shooting.
(Seattle Police Department)

In many cities where this happens, especially Seattle, the police are so understaffed that they cannot arrive in time to catch the criminals. If they arrive when the thieves leave, they likely won’t have probable cause that a violent crime has occurred and will be barred from prosecution.

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If the new “police accountability” laws weren’t bad enough, we have politicians and judges who treat criminals as victims.

According to a leaked draft order, King County Council is considering legislation requiring police to connect a suspect with a public defender before he can consent to a body search. his person or his property. The suspect cannot even waive his rights – he must speak to a lawyer first. This effectively stops most police investigations, while hindering them with extra work.

FILE - SEPTEMBER 1, 2021: Seattle police respond to a third shooting incident Tuesday night in the 200 block of Yesler Way in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.

FILE – SEPTEMBER 1, 2021: Seattle police respond to a third shooting incident Tuesday night in the 200 block of Yesler Way in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
(Seattle Police Department)

When the suspects are teenagers, there is almost never juvenile detention thanks to leftist judges. Maybe that’s behind the eruption of teenage criminals endangering residents’ lives? They know they will not be punished seriously.

Four children between the ages of 11 and 16 have been arrested after a recent drive-by shooting on I-5 in Pierce County. A group of teenagers as young as 14, one armed with a gun, hijacked a victim in Burien, Washington four days later. The suspects in the Tacoma pottery store murder are 15 and 16 years old. They had just been placed under house arrest on charges relating to a violent armed robbery which included a whipping with a pistol.

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When some mayors objected to the soft approach on violent crimes toward juvenile suspects, a King County prosecutor told them to “get used to it.” This is the new reality.

Anyone even casually examining new laws, unfunded and understaffed police departments, and lenient crime judges and prosecutors would be able to connect the dots. But with woke, one-party rule in Washington, we get little more than lip service that barely acknowledges the crisis.

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