by Paul Faruq Kiefer
(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
A month has passed since the Seattle Police Department (SPD) moved its mobile precinct to the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, scattering an open-air market for drugs and stolen merchandise that had recently been the scene of two murders.
Continue reading A Month After ‘Operation New Day’ Crackdown, Impacts on Crime Remain Unclear
by Erica C. Barnett
Last week, a 35-year-old man who had been released from jail less than one week earlier attacked a county employee in a women’s restroom at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. The assailant, a Level 1 sex offender with a history of attacking women, told detectives he had smoked “homemade meth” immediately before the attack. A police report filed after the incident indicates the attacker, who is a person experiencing homelessness, may suffer from mental illness.
The particulars of this case might lead a reasonable person to conclude that people who commit sex offenses need closer monitoring once they’re released from custody, along with access to housing and mental health care to prevent them from reoffending once they’re released.
Instead, the assault became a symbol for conservative officials, who suggested “solutions” that included sweeping dozens of homeless people from a nearby encampment and directing women to change the way they behave in public.
Continue reading OPINION: Courthouse Assault a Symptom of Failing Systems, Not Individuals
by Kelsey Hamlin
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article contained the name of the victim in Friday night’s shooting. We apologize to both the victim and the victim’s family as their name never should have been included in the article at the family’s request.
Information surrounding a Milo Yiannopoulos protester shot at the University of Washington (UW) Friday night keeps rising like steam. The shooting transpired after political groups of all stripes flooded the university’s Red Square. Continue reading Aftermath of the UW shooting and an update on police investigations