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Seattle Becomes A Crime Capital, Infects Rest Of State

Not exactly a surprise.

Seattle is a Democrat laboratory. If it happens there other big cities and surrounding areas run by Democrats will soon see it. Talk show host Jason Rantz explains the situation.

Rantz: Seattle’s crime surge spreads statewide thanks to Democrats’ progressive policies.

Thanks to a Democratic legislature that codified the radical defund police proposals into laws, plus light-on-crime judges, the crime surge hitting Seattle is spreading across the state. And there is no sign that the crime explosion will slow; in fact, it’s getting worse.

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Seattle has averaged more than one homicide a week so far this year. Gun violence has nearly doubled, with 95% more shots fired and a 171% increase in gunshot victims compared to last year. Drug dealing is rampant, homeless shoplifters are destroying local businesses, and random, brutal assaults are all too common. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Seattle doesn’t stay in Seattle.

In nearby Tacoma, the homicide rate is just as bad as Seattle. Robberies in the city hit 219 through March 13. Compare that to last year’s 83 at that point 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 theft in the mid-size border city of Bellingham is up over 300%, already surpassing the total number of thefts from 2019. On the east side of the state, Spokane is experiencing similar problems with a 90% spike in car thefts.

Where did this all come from? The left’s assault on policing and the courts after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Fringe activists demanded changes and like-minded Democrats lawmakers obliged.

Democrats passed legislation preventing cops from using force — including detention at the scene of a crime — unless probable cause exists for an arrest. They even banned most vehicular pursuits, which means criminals can quite literally drive off from the scene of most crimes without fear that they’ll be chased and detained. Cities like Seattle went one step further, banning most traffic stops altogether.

The use-of-force bill was somewhat fixed this last legislative session to allow police use force if a suspect flees the scene of a crime. But the standard is still probable cause — much higher than reasonable suspicion. This matters because criminals know these new laws work in their favor and they’re taking advantage.

Smash and grabs continue to wreak havoc. Crooks 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 pot shops, they are also being targeted, with some 200 robberies this year and many of them are armed.

In many of the cities where this is occurring, especially Seattle, police are so understaffed they can’t arrive in time to catch the criminals. If they arrive as the thieves drive off, they wouldn’t likely have probable cause that a violent crime occurred and would be barred from pursuit…

When the suspects are teens, there’s almost never juvenile detention thanks to left wing judges. Perhaps that’s behind the rash of teen criminals endangering the lives of residents? They know they won’t be punished seriously. When some mayors objected to the soft-on-violent-crime approach to juvenile suspects, a King County prosecutor told them to “get used to it.” This is the new reality.

Anyone even casually reviewing the new laws, the defunded and understaffed police departments, and soft-on-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 even acknowledges the crisis.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 months ago

The National role model for crime

Don N
Don N
2 months ago

Liberals will not admit they are wrong, and until they do, everyone will suffer.

John Merril
John Merril
2 months ago

It says he non partizan so probaby means hes more Democrat then anything Republican.

Goh Heung Yong
Goh Heung Yong
2 months ago

The inevitable descent into lawlessness and anarchy. Soon goods and services will become scarce as businesses close. There will be more violence as predators fight over what little there is left. Good people will also have to stand and fight to save their properties and love ones. The decline can only accelerate without strong law enforcement.

Arjay
Arjay
2 months ago

Well, you people VOTED FOR this “woke” schitt, now you get to live in your “woke” unicorn utopia!