If you’re all about defunding the police, you should really be hesitant to call them yourself. After all, if the police are such a horrible problem in your community, do you want to call their hatred and evilness down on some innocent person who committed a very harmless crime of vandalizing your home?
I mean, you’ve got insurance to cover that, right?
Alright, seriously, if you’re a “defund the police” type, you really do need to be careful about calling the police, especially when you’re also calling for basically decriminalizing all sorts of behavior for various reasons. Yet, it seems one Seattle Councilwoman doesn’t see it that way.
A Seattle City Council Member who was at the forefront of the effort to defund the Seattle Police Department, called 911 Friday night for a crime that she is pushing to legalize.
As first reported by police sources to the neighborhood safety group Safe Seattle, Council Member Lisa Herbold called 911 and requested the police for criminal damage done to her home, a crime that the council member is pushing to legalize.
Allegedly a man threw a rock through Herbold’s window. In a redacted police report, Herbold told responding officers that she “was on the west side of the living room near the kitchen when she heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot and dove into the kitchen for cover.”
A witness said he saw an “…unathletic and a bad runner” leaving the scene. The suspect was described as a clean shaven, white male in a black hoodie and jeans. The witnesses told officers that he would recognize the suspect if he saw him again, but declined the officer’s business card to contact him for follow up. Ironically, Herbold is pushing for legislation that would make the alleged crime legal.
Herbold’s call for police assistance at her home comes just weeks after she and her fellow council members defunded SPD by an additional 18% in the 2021 budget. This followed millions of dollars in cuts this summer to SPD by the council, with Herbold being one of the main proponents of the cuts including cuts to the Navigation Team, which offers services to the homeless.
The kick in the butt in all of this? Herbold ran for re-election in 2019, in part, on a platform of adding officers to the police department and supporting law enforcement.
In other words, she was pro-police until it was popular not to be.
As for making these crimes legal, I think a better term is to say she wants to decriminalize them for the poor and those with mental illness. It’s tantamount to the same thing in many instances–most criminals live in poverty, after all–but it’s not a universal thing. Of course, that’s one way to reduce the crime rate. You simply stop counting things as crimes and your crime rate plummets.
Yet, it’s still rich that one of the people gutting the Seattle Police Department’s budget is so quick to call the police.
Then again, this is someone who wanted the department’s layoffs to be determined by race rather than any other factor. I mean, who cares if someone is a good cop or not, let’s judge them by the melanin content of their skin.
So much for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin” speech, huh?
Frankly, I’m amazed that it took this long for someone to chunk something heavy through her window.