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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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After Seattle mass shooting carried out by known career-convicts, business owner says, “I don’t know what happened to our beautiful city”

There was a mass shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday where one was killed and seven injured. The perps are 24-year-old KNOWN gang members with EXTENSIVE criminal records between the two of them: 66 arrests and 34 convictions, including four felonies. Yet for some reason the perps weren’t in jail.

How did the demorat-run leadership in King County respond? By calling for more gun control laws.

MyNorthwest.com has a story about one restaurant owner nearby the shooting who is complaining about the loss of business he faces because of this incident (he had 68 canceled reservations). He states, ““For a small business like me, that means the entire payroll for the week. It was so devastating.”

Here’s the kicker: “I don’t know what happened to our beautiful city. We used to have this amazing Westlake Center; downtown was a treat. You would bring your family, ‘Let’s go downtown to shop and dine.’ And it’s gone. It doesn’t exist anymore.”

I’ll tell you how it happened: Seattle/King County has been run by demorats for decades.

With the easy access to today’s news and politics via your handheld device, there is really no reason for one to not understand what is going on in your own community. The problem lies in the inability of progressives to understand how their failed policies have destroyed that once vibrant city.

Here’s a refresher course for this Seattle restaurant owner and anyone with a true desire to understand how liberalism ruins the lives of law-abiding, taxpaying citizens:

King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime
Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Sanctuary King County, WA: Convicted rapist and illegal alien freed after 9 months returns to attack his disabled victim second time
Sanctuary King County: Man murdered in his sleep by illegal alien with previous felony

I could go on and on with the stories we’ve done on this blog about the inept criminal justice system in Seattle/King County.

It really is no mystery as to why Seattle has become a failed city – along with San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Portland, etc. Gee, I wonder what they all have in common?

What is a mystery is why liberals keep electing progressive “leaders.”

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King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime”

As I’ve told you about many times, demorat-run Seattle/King County has a serious problem with homeless criminals and repeat offenders. See the following examples:

Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release

A study done earlier this year showed that repeat offenders cycle through “with little accountability and no apparent impact on their behavior.”

Part of the problem? The “justice system” and court laws don’t work to protect law-abiding citizens and their property that criminals damage.

Judge Jim Rogers

King County Superior Court Presiding Judge James Rogers did an interview with MyNorthwest.com that was very revealing. Excerpts from his interview:

“…according to court rules, people charged with crimes that are not capital crimes should be released on personal recognizance, unless they 1) fail to appear in court, 2) intimidate witnesses, or 3) are highly likely to re-offend.

“With Mr. Chilcott (repeat offender), because it wasn’t a violent crime that was charged, we’re just talking about property crime,” Rogers said, adding, “I’m not saying he didn’t act violently with police when they tried to arrest him, but there was no underlying charge, so we’re really looking, in our view, at a property crime.”

While judges “are bound by criminal rules approved by the Washington State Supreme Court — and they do give a very strong presumption of release, unless certain factors are met,” they still “take the rights of victims seriously.”

The “presumption of release” is likely stronger with property crimes than with violent crimes, Rogers guessed. He said that the jail is full of people charged with violent crimes who do not get set free on their own recognizance.

“When it comes to a property crime, we’re really restricted to talking about whether or not they’re going to appear [in court],” he said.”

Read the whole story here.

Both the City of Seattle and King County prosecutors are progressives who are committed to “criminal justice reform.”

So much so that property crime is not considered a major offense. Criminals KNOW what they can get away with and KNOW that they will not do serious time for breaking the law.

After all it’s just YOUR property being destroyed, not theirs.

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Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month

Like many progressive-run cities on the west coast, Seattle has serious problems: homelessness, criminal activities openly committed on the streets and attacks by repeat offenders. See the following:

Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release

Now this past week a defense attorney was attacked from behind by a repeat offender in downtown Seattle. The victim landed on a fire hydrant after the hit and the repeat offender tried to push him in the street.

The perp was just released from jail earlier this month and has been arrested four times in the last two months. His crimes include trespassing and assault. The perp pleaded guilty to the assault and received a deferred sentence, meaning he was let out of jail.

If you have any plans to visit Seattle, I’d either change my plans or stay far, far away from downtown. It is no longer a safe city for law-abiding citizens.

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Another Seattle repeat-offender crime? Man gets knocked unconscious; wakes up in ambulance

Just last week I reported on a Seattle man who pulled a knife on business employee. He has more than 100 convictions yet is still roaming the streets of Seattle.

There are PLENTY of other examples of how Seattle/King County allow repeat offenders to victimize tax-paying and law-abiding citizens. See the following:

How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Seattle/King County finally have a plan to address repeat offenders: Will cost just an additional $5M taxpayer dollars
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

KIRO7 News reported on November 14 that a man was attacked walking on downtown Seattle. He doesn’t remember the attack that caused him to hit his head on the concrete wherein he lost conscious for 40 minutes.

The victim, IT worker Young Kim, doesn’t remember the attack. He was confused when he woke up in an ambulance.

For some reason, the above video’s audio is not playing properly – even on YouTube.

From the KIRO7 story:

“I ask to them what happened? They say, someone hit, someone attack me and then that’s why I’m going to the hospital.”

The victim continues: “I heard many story in the Seattle downtown I never expecting it to happen to me.”

KIRO7 apparently learned that two tourists were knocked unconscious in downtown Seattle by a man later arrested and charged. No confirmation was given if there was any connection between these incidents and the attack on Kim.

Kim says, “I’m very scared when I walk the street.”

Well, you should be. You should be very, very afraid to walk the streets of progressive-run Seattle.

If you have any intention of visiting Seattle, I suggest you change your plans.

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Game time! Guess how many prior convictions Seattle man has after he pulled knife on business employee

Demorat-run Seattle/King County has a major problem with what is called “repeat offenders.”

In February, a report detailed how 100 repeat offenders repeatedly cycle through the “criminal justice” system. Most of the repeat offenders are homeless and have substance abuse and mental issues. I’ve done several posts on repeat offenders in that area, see here, here, here and here.

Now people in the Seattle Ballard neighborhood are on high alert because a repeat offender is terrorizing their community.

The repeat offender, Patrick Kindness (I know, the irony in that last name), pulled a knife on a female bar manager and threatened her. This happened while the bar owner was waiting for police after another harassment incident with Kindness.

According to KOMO News, Kindness (50) has more than 100 convictions, including several felonies. He’s been booked into the King County Jail at least 10 times so far in 2019.

You can read about the bar owner and his employee’s story here.

I’m fresh out of ANY empathy for Seattle residents. They just had city council elections and re-elected the majority of incumbents despite their TERRIBLE conditions (homelessness crisis, homeless criminal activity, repeat offenders, etc.).

If you have any plans to visit Seattle I suggest you avoid that place.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Business owner gives up on reporting crime to Seattle Police

If you’ve read any of my posts about the homeless crisis and repeat offenders in Seattle/King County, you know they have a serious problem.

Last month I told you about the downtown family-owned drugstore Bartell Drugs that was closing due to crime. Their employees are routinely harassed or beaten by criminals.

Other examples of rampant crime committed by the homeless/repeat offenders and the bureaucrats’ inability to adequately respond:

Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Rape, strangulation and assault: Three attacks by homeless people in Seattle in less than a month
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

Now the CEO of the Asian, family-owned grocery store chain, Uwaimaya, has publicly stated that their business has given up on reporting crimes to Seattle Police.

From her MyNorthwest.com interview:

“CEO Denise Moriguchi joined the Candy, Mike and Todd Show to discuss why her business temporarily stopped bothering to report crimes to the Seattle Police Department.

“We’re concerned for the safety of our employees, for the residents, for customers. And it’s something unfortunately now we have to deal with more and more, and it doesn’t seem like things are getting better,” she said.

“System Failure 2” makes mention of a retail theft program that allows businesses to report incidents online with the Seattle Police Department. It’s a system Moriguchi has had trouble with, and caused her temporarily to give up on reporting incidents in her stores altogether.

“The main reason is we weren’t seeing a lot of traction with reporting. It takes time. It takes people away from their everyday job. It takes effort, and without a lot of results, you kind of question why you’re doing it,” she said.

“Typically we feel like not a lot happens,” Moriguchi continued. “We do see run-ins with people that are stealing or have had confrontations with employees, have been disruptive in the store. And the SPD is called and they’re great. But the next day or the next afternoon that person is back in the store, so it’s difficult to see how when we do report things, how it’s actually contributing to making things better.

Moriguchi says that ultimately Uwajimaya did continue reporting incidents after temporarily giving up, because not doing so mistakenly created the impression that things have improved, which they haven’t. Still, she believes the system desperately needs to change.

Read the whole story here.

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Seattle/King County finally have a plan to address repeat offenders: Will cost just an additional $5M taxpayer dollars

I’m no bureaucrat but couldn’t law enforcement and judges just enforce current laws and hand out stricter sentences rather than releasing these perps? Yet that solution wouldn’t allow these progressive politicians to abuse more taxpayer dollars.

As I’ve told you in many posts, the Seattle/King County area is notorious for releasing repeat offenders. These repeat offenders have one thing in common – homelessness.

A report released this past March showed that of the 100 repeat violent offenders in the study, ALL were drug addicts and homeless. Around 40 percent had severe mental illness. A month after the report was released, 40 of the violent offenders had been arrested again and booked in jail, for a total of 43 times.

Seattle and King County already spend MILLIONS (around $200M annually; the 2019/2020 budget is even more) of taxpayer dollars to try and solve the homeless crisis.

But that’s not enough money. It’s NEVER ENOUGH.

Apparently the local bureaucrats have finally started to listen to their constituents and are now proposing a new idea to address the repeat offender crisis that results in criminals going through the revolving door of the King County Jail: A $5.4 million “suite of programs” to end this cycle.

Excerpts from the Seattle Times story about this brilliant new plan:

“Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes, along with county Executive Dow Constantine and County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, announced four programs focused on providing more places for this population to get treatment, as well as more incentives for them to seek that treatment.

In response, Durkan this spring convened a work group that included members of law enforcement, courts and public health. Thursday’s recommendations are a partial outcome from that work group, but many of the measures will need to be approved as part of upcoming city and county budgets.

The recommendations would cost the city almost $3 million, while the county would kick in $2.4 million. The programs could come online late this year or in early 2020, Durkan and Constantine promised.

The proposals are focused on trying to close gaps in the system that prevent these offenders from getting treatment and services, and not merely locking them up, as some have called for.

“Simply going with an incarceration model is not going to cure the high rates that we’re seeing,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes. “That is appropriate for certain populations but it’s not going to solve the problems that we see on a larger scale on our streets.”

The city and county said they will work together to fund a 60-bed treatment center, with case-management and behavioral-health services available, in the West Wing of the King County Jail at a cost of $4 million for capital, and $800,000 for annual operations — costs that will be split evenly between the city and county. A low-barrier homeless shelter has been open in the jail since the spring.

Durkan also proposed putting $170,000 toward a new probation program in Seattle Municipal Court focused on interventions such as shortening sentences for an offender who’s willing to get into treatment; this would be in addition to $120,000 from Seattle Municipal Court.

The mayor has also proposed hiring an additional assistant city attorney focused on overseeing these efforts and assessing whether they work, at a cost of $150,000.

You can read the whole story here and how they plan to meet the needs of the law-abiding citizens criminal population.

Do you really believe that these bureaucrats are going to be able to solve their repeat offender situation for just $5.4 million when they can’t even put a dent in their homeless crisis with $200 million?

I wouldn’t bet $10 on that because that’s a guaranteed loser bet.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!

Last November I told you about a man named Ryan Georg who was brutally beaten by a homeless criminal. The perp lived in a nearby homeless encampment and was part of a group that attacked Georg with a baseball bat, beating him within an inch of his life. Georg is now in a wheelchair and get seizures.

From my post: “A musician was leaving last week when he nearly lost his life to a random baseball bat attack by a homeless person, says that the city has allowed the neighborhood to turn into a living nightmare for businesses.”

Read the whole blog post here.

Now MyNorthwest.com reports that one of the men allegedly behind that attack is out of jail on his own recognizance with no bail.

From their report:

“One of them had a baseball bat and just attacked Ryan and his brother,” Cash told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “He took a couple of hits to the head with a baseball bat, and all of them kicked him and beat him when he was on the ground.”

The attackers ran off when a car pulled up to aid the victims.

Georg was rushed to the emergency room, but his loved ones feared that the attack had killed him.

Georg and Cash thought they had some closure when one of the alleged attackers, Lonnie Sanderson, was recently arrested on second-degree assault for the attack.

However, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan released Sanderson on Wednesday after 10 days behind bars with no bail — just a promise to take part in Enhanced Community Center for Alternative Programs, a King County addiction treatment program.

“Our voice wasn’t heard in the decision,” Georg said. “I don’t know why, given the information, they would let that guy out. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Read the whole story here.

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Sorry to say this but if this “just doesn’t make sense” to you, then you haven’t been paying attention to what is going on in Seattle and King County. All one has to do is read the daily news (the more conservative sites) or search this blog for “homeless,” “Seattle” or “King County.”

The elected demorat officials in Seattle/King County care more about their “compassion” for the homeless, criminal justice reform and collecting more of your taxpayer dollars to “solve” the homeless crisis than they do about law-abiding citizens.

See also:

Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
Homeless carrying weapons are “slipping through security” at King County Courthouse
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

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Insanity in Seattle: Police arrest naked man after he stabs three people downtown

I’ll bet $1,000 that this perp has previous charges. Because we all know how well Seattle and King County take care of their criminals in the name of “criminal justice reform.”

From MyNorthwest.com: A man stabbed three people in downtown Seattle Tuesday morning, seemingly unprovoked and at random, before fleeing naked down the street as police pursued, eventually taking him into custody.

“We know he attacked three people randomly … we were able to get here quickly which is fortunate,” said Sergeant Sean Whitcomb with the Seattle Police Department.

Three men were stabbed: 77-year-old man stabbed in the back. Transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition; 75-year-old man stabbed in the neck. Transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition; and 55-year-old man stabbed in the forearm. Did not want to be taken to the hospital and was treated at the scene. He is in stable condition.

Seattle police were called to the scene near 1617 6th Avenue at 10:07 a.m. after reports of a stabbing on the sidewalk. One victim fled into a nearby business after being stabbed. By 10:20 a.m., the suspect, an adult male, was in custody near 8th Avenue and Olive Street. He was uninjured.

The man was fully clothed when the attack happened and then removed his clothing as he fled the scene.

“The suspect was naked upon apprehension” Whitcomb said. “I don’t know what his motive was, but he is in custody and is being questioned by police.”

“We tracked him down a couple blocks away before he could hurt anyone else,” he said. “… It is a tragedy that a stabbing like this happened, but he is in custody. We have our investigators working on this case and we are going to do everything that we can with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to ensure that this suspect is charged and experiences the full weight of the law.”

Whitcomb said that the man did attempt to get rid of the weapon so investigators would not find it, but they were able to recover the knife and the suspect’s clothing in the area.

The suspect’s name and other details will be released when he is booked into King County Jail. Whitcomb said that could be later Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.

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And I KNEW IT: Police arrest 30-year-old Christopher Morisette.

Even before they announced this perp’s name, I looked up recent bookings in the King County Jail and I just knew it was this guy. His arrest record:

Today: Assault. Bail denied.
8/31/2018: Burglary, theft & criminal trespassing. Released from jail 9/29/2018.
11/15/2018: Assault. Charge reduced. Released from jail 1/01/2019.

In an update from MyNorthwest.com: Morisette “has an extensive criminal history and spent time at Western State, the state’s largest psychiatric hospital.” His most recent case involved an attack against a woman at a mental health facility. At the time, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office gave Morisette credit for time served, and released him from jail less than a month after the incident.

According to Heavy (see his crazy mug at the link), the perp’s first arrest was in 2012 and he’s been labeled as “High Violent With Multiple Violent Offenses” by the Washington State Department of Corrections.

See also:

Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart

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