Only a few weeks ago, she called it ‘the summer of love’ and as her festival morphed into violent riots with lives lost, she’s shifted the blame to the President and presence of federal personnel sent to protect the federal court house.
But Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) recently said, “Our police department has an obligation to disperse a crowd when dangers to public safety like explosives, fires, individuals intent on causing harm.”
“I think what we saw in our city last week in 3 separate protests that there were individuals who were intent on causing harm. And the items seized from this van show exactly what they were planning, saw the results on our street.”
The van to which she refers was an abandoned vehicle that investigators suspected contained incendiary devices because of its positioning on the street, Police secured a warrant and searched the vehicle to find body armor, gas masks, homemade shields, bear mace, improvised spike strips, fireworks and other explosives.
One combination of devices was said to have caused a hole in the north wall of the East Precinct.
As mentioned earlier, Mayor Durkan is singing a whole new tune compared to the “summer of love” she spoke of in June.
Then again – when vandals call for you to be executed – just about anyone would have a change of heart.
Remember when various officials warned that with all the madness ongoing, we’d eventually see protests leak into residential neighborhoods and the same style of vandalism strike the suburbs instead of just the commercial districts?
Welp – looks like those notions aren’t so crazy anymore these days. And Seattle’s own mayor, as well as two city council members, were the recipients of some not-so-friendly graffiti outside of their homes recently.
Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmembers Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez were said to have been paid a visit by some malefactors recently, the very kind that fancy the idea of the Seattle Police being defunded.
Outside of Mayor Durkan’s home, the phrases “Guillotine Jenny,” and “Resign Bitch,” were spray painted on the roadside. Because nothing says “peacefully” protesting quite like calling for someone’s head to be lopped off 18th century style.
As for Pedersen’s home, some scoundrels apparently thought his windows could use some redecorating on his home – so they adorned they with such phrases as “Fuck You,” and “Don’t be racist trash.”
When it came to the home of Councilmember Juarez, hoodlums decided to employ a bullhorn to likely scream incoherent nonsense – which was then followed up by someone spraying “corporate bootlicker,” on the street outsider her home.
The harassment that Juarez suffered did not sit well with local Native Americans in Seattle, as the councilmember is also a member of the Blackfeet Nation tribe. Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, stated the following about the incident:
“The Suquamish Tribe supports (Juarez) and her right, as an elected official, to do her job without verbal harassment and vandalism at her home.”
So, while it’s become painfully obvious that protesters have voiced a disdain for Mayor Durkan over the past several weeks, what was all the hubbub regarding the City Council members? Well, it turns out that while both Juarez and Pedersen support some reductions on the Seattle Police budget – they’re not on board with a 50% reduction that has been called for by rioters.