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Once again, there is an article (well-written, in my opinion) on the KOMO Web site about the horrible situation outside the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. For over two years, there have been constant stories of street vagrants in downtown assaulting County employees who work at the courthouse. Across the street is the Downtown Emergency Services Center, which housed a big homeless shelter; those who could not or would not avail themselves of the center’s services simply set up camp in the formerly nice City Hall Park. With the onset of the COVID-19 shutdowns, the City stopped removing encampments in the park, and the DESC closed (not able to meet “social-distancing” requirements).
County staff are quitting because they are not safe walking around the courthouse area and the City of Seattle has reduced the police budget. What could go wrong? How about “everything?” Who wins? The homeless who are allowed to camp in the public park, harass the public, and continue to use and sell drugs and guns from their camp. Who loses? Everyone else.Published in