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King County Council approves plan to let community groups decide some punishment – not judges

Progressives really, truly believe they have the solutions to achieving utopia. They believe it can be achieved, in part, via “criminal justice reform.”

So the news that the progressive King County Council wants to let community groups determine punishments for criminals is not surprising.

King County’s progressive judicial system has already set the precedence via their lackadaisical respect for law and order. That progressive-run area has multiple problems with homelessness, drug users and repeat offenders. The result is that criminals are RARELY punished for their crimes. See the following examples:

King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime”
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Seattle Homicide Suspect Repeat Offender, Booked at Least 46 Times

Since the judges can’t adequately punish repeat offenders, maybe citizens can get it right? The King County Council seems to think so since they approved a criminal justice diversion program that will let community groups decide what punishment, if any, should be handed out for a select group of accused felons. The diversion program was approved on November 17 by a vote of 9 to zero.

Some of the details from KOMO News:

“Instead of facing a judge, juveniles and adults accused of a first-time, non-violent felony offense will be offered an alternative where a non-profit community panel will decide how the accused person can be held accountable for their crime.

Suspects accused of violent crimes and crimes against persons would not be eligible for the diversion program, and if the offender fails to follow through with the community groups recommended punishment or accountability, the original criminal charges could still be pursued in court.

“We can send that person instead (of jail) to a community accountability group, who will define what they think accountability means,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Accountability would not include jail or even a conviction, said Satterberg, who declined to define what accountability means.

“That’s up to the community groups,” he said, adding that it would target 800 juveniles and 1,000 adults to start. “These are low-level felonies, property offenses, no domestic violence, no sexual assault cases (and) decisions you would make if you were in my shoes.”

Read their whole story here.

I guess the community group citizens can’t make any decisions much worse than the local judges already do. But then again, you know how crazy progressives can be.

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Seattle voters unhappy with direction of city; guess how they voted to change sheriff’s office!

Earlier I told you how Seattle (King County) voters are unhappy with how the City Council is handling things and the direction of the city. The majority of voters think things in Seattle “have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.”

So what’s a good way to fix some things in the city? Approve amendments that remove your power to vote for county sheriff and give the bureaucrats the ability to change the sheriff’s duties!

Yeah, makes sense if you are a democrat and want to give government more power.

The two charters approved by King County voters are Charter Amendment No. 5 – Appointed Sheriff (approved 56%) and Charter Amendment No. 6 – Public Safety Department Structure (approved 62%). Charter Amendment No. 5 allows the county executive to appoint the sheriff, with approval from the King County Council.

King County Executive Dow Constantine

What’s even more mind-boggling is that Dow Constantine (King County Executive & professional politician since 1997) told voters in September that he wanted to shift millions of dollars earmarked for law enforcement and the traditional criminal justice system into community-based racial justice programs. Read about all of his proposed cuts (he made known in advance) here.

But don’t worry residents of King County! Executive Constantine claims these amendments will “boost accountability.”

He also said this of the approved changes: “It’s going to involve police, yes, but also behavioral health professionals, human service professionals, the kinds of help that may be needed in order to defuse conflicts and prevent tragedies from happening.”

Seattle has become a sh*thole of a city: Increased homelessness, open drug use on the streets, repeat offenders held unaccountable for crimes, increased police response times (if they even make it to your home), etc.

I don’t want to hear of some survey where King County/Seattle residents complain about the conditions of their city. SEATTLEITES DESERVE ALL THAT COMES THEIR WAY.

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King County passes law requiring gun stores to post signs outlining dangers of owning a gun

More “feel-good,” useless legislation (show me a study where it’s been shown that signs reduce gun violence) that will do nothing to stop criminals.

From MyNorthwest.com: The King County Board of Health passed legislation requiring stores that sell firearms and firing ranges to post signs warning customers of the various dangers posed by gun violence.

The law was passed unanimously, and will require gun stores and ranges to post signs warning of the risks of suicide, fatal acts of domestic violence, and unintentional deaths to children as they relate to gun ownership.

The signs will also carry contact information for Crisis Connections, one of the longest standing crisis lines in the country.

Coupled with the recent passage of I-1639, Washington state, and to an even greater extent, King County, has suddenly become ground zero for sweeping, comprehensive gun control across the board.

“We need to be open and honest about the harm that guns can cause,” said King County Councilmember Joe McDemott in a news release. “This means acknowledging there is risk in owning a gun, often for the people who live in the home that gun is intended to protect.”

McDermott proposed the law over the summer, with the hope that it would assist those in crisis situations.

“The goal of this law is to ensure people are aware of the risk and those who may find themselves in a crisis can quickly find help they need so that it doesn’t end in harm and tragedy for themselves or others,” he said.

This legislation was the final piece of a sweeping selection of gun control measures passed by King County Council, known as its “Gun Safety Action Plan.” Other measures previously passed include a law requiring gun owners to safely store all firearms, a “youth-led report on reducing gun violence,” mandating that the sheriff’s office destroy all forfeited weapons, and the formation of a task force to identify other gun violence prevention strategies.

King County’s law requiring warning signs in gun stores will go into effect 30 days after it’s signed by the Board of Health’s chairperson.

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Candidate McDermott: Intent for "military assault weapons" is to murder

You can tell from this guy’s language that he has probably never fired an “assault weapon.”

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott


Joe McDermott is a current King County Council member and has decided to run to replace Democratic Senator “Baghdad” Jim McDermott (no relation). He’s also taking on one of the proggies’ favorite topics: gun control.
He told MyNorthwest.com: “I have 15 years of experience, both serving a decade in the Washington state Legislature — the House and the Senate — and the last five years on the King County Council achieving progressive results,” McDermott said. “That’s what I will take with me to Congress.”
In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz Show, McDermott maintains he’ll go after gun manufacturers. McDermott spit out the standard gun control narrative: “The 30,000 (gun) deaths a year in our country happen because of the proliferation of weapons, and the type of weapons and the market and sales,” he told Rantz. “I believe this nation needs laws that allow for gun manufacturers to be held criminally and financially liable for their weapons in our streets.”
Jason Rantz did challenge McDermott’s perception of guns, telling him that 2/3 of gun violence is suicides and in Washington that number is closer to 80 percent. Rantz questioned how gun manufacturers should be responsible.
McDermott told him, “Gun manufacturers aren’t liable for every death, but things like assault weapons and large magazines are truly designed just for the ability to kill and harm a large number of people in a short period of time,” he said.  He went on: “I don’t know what other intent there is to have military assault weapons that can fire off that many rounds continuously,” McDermott said.
democrats guide to guns
And McDermott spouted off more of the proggie narrative: The county council member clarified that he is not talking about hunting rifles and handguns, rather military-style assault weapons that can carry large amounts of ammunition and fire rapidly for long periods of time.
Here’s McDermott’s take on those “assault weapons”: “It’s those large capacities that I believe we need to regulate, control and ban in our country, and hold people accountable for. “(Manufacturers) are not being made responsible. I don’t know what else those weapons are intended for, and they are resulting in mass shootings that harm and kill significant numbers of people in a short period of time,” McDermott said.
He said that no one single legislative action will solve gun violence woes in the country, and pro-gun advocates will pick apart every little action. But the law has to start somewhere.
McDermott said he hasn’t had conversations with gun owners about why they purchase and own military-style weapons, or large capacity magazines. He said he hasn’t found anyone willing to engage in conversation with him about it. Jason Rantz wants to change that. He is asking any such gun owners to write into his show with their reasons for gun ownership, and any rationale for owning such military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Go here to leave a comment for McDermott or Rantz.
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