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Remember when the duty of law-enforcement was to protect businesses and the public from bad actors? Remember when crimes of destruction and vandalism were rare, and punished when the perpetrators were found, tried, and convicted? Well, those days are gone. The expected riots in Seattle, around Tuesday’s inauguration of the New Regime in the other Washington, happened on Wednesday. Here’s a description of what went down.
Chopper 7 showed a crowd of more than 100 people dressed in all black. By now it’s a familiar, if dreaded, group in downtown Seattle.
The crowd started gathering around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.The group acted as suspected. Some in the crowd smashed up a Starbucks at Pike Pace Market, a major tourist attraction, forcing it to stay closed Thursday. The group of protesters also smashed windows at a bank, a federal court house, and tried to breach a federal building that has offices for ICE agents. They also set fire to an American flag at 2nd and Spring in downtown Seattle. They also ripped off plywood that was covering an Amazon Go store at 5th and Marion. They noticed the glass windows behind the plywood, and busted those too. The store had been targeted before.
And here is a description of what the Seattle Police did, and why. Bolded statements mine.
“It was, by and large, the same crowd we’ve seen in these demonstrations for the better part of the last six plus months now,” said Sgt. Randy Huserik of the Seattle Police Department.
Seattle Police said they can’t do anything until someone starts breaking the law. While responding, their goal is to minimize use of force.
“When we try to withdraw, deescalate, it just seems to embolden them even more,” Huserik said. “Unfortunately with that group, by and large what they’re looking for is a confrontation with the police.”
The Seattle Police Department is also still under federal oversight for excessive use of force. There are also ongoing lawsuits from protesters about police treatment. Investigations and review into the SPD’s crowd dispersal tactics are also ongoing.
So, how long will it be until no business in Seattle can get insurance? If you were an insurance underwriter, would you write a policy for a retail business in Seattle that is almost 100% likely to be vandalized and destroyed by so-called “demonstrators?” The businesses involved don’t have to be located in downtown Seattle or Capitol Hill, the two neighborhoods most affected by the near-constant rioting. Many businesses, including legacy Seattle retailers like Bartell Drugs, have been leaving downtown.
The goal now of Seattle Police is “minimizing use of force”, and no longer protecting the public from destruction. I can’t see how anyone would want to live in a city where there is no law and no law enforcement.
And one last quote from the article. Bolded phrases mine.
One had a court appearance on Thursday. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Justin Moore admitted to smashing the windows at the Pike Place Market Original Starbucks.
In court, his attorney said he was trying to stop other protesters. Prosecutors asked for a $5,000 bail but King County District Court Judge Lisa Paglisotti released him without bail on personal recognizance. Court documents show he is from the Los Angeles area in California.