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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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Fauxcahontas and Sanders weigh in on Amazon donating money to Seattle City Council race

The city of Seattle has some serious problems. Just search our web site for “Seattle” and you’ll find plenty of examples. This includes issues with their homeless crisis, repeat offenders, the lack of police response and frustrated business owners. A sample:

Business owner gives up on reporting crime to Seattle Police
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Downtown family-owned drugstore closing due to crime

Seattle business owners have a vested interest in the upcoming city council elections.

One of the largest employers there, Amazon, is donating money to various candidates. They are donating as is their legal right. MyNorthwest.com reports that Amazon has donated $1.45 million to various candidates and a PAC.

Apparently this has two demorat presidential candidates – Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – all bent out of shape. They tweeted the following:

Fauxcahontas: “Surprise: Amazon is trying to tilt the Seattle City Council elections in their favor. I’m with the Seattle council members and activists who continue standing up to Amazon. Corporations aren’t people, and I have a plan to get big money out of politics.

Sanders: In a city struggling with homelessness, Amazon is dropping an outrageous amount of money to defeat progressive candidates fighting for working people. The way Amazon conducts itself in its hometown is a perfect example of the out-of-control corporate greed we are going to end.”

These two might want to do their homework. Better yet: Walk in downtown Seattle without any bodyguards. They’ll get a good view of working people being harassed by the homeless and repeat offenders.

They also might want to check out the current candidates. All of them are progressives from what I’ve read and offer no better solutions than what the demorat bureaucrats have been doing for the past ten years. I haven’t seen one conservative running for Seattle City Council.

Amazon is wasting their money as far as I’m concerned.

Fauxcahontas and Sanders don’t really care about the results of the Seattle City Council race or the over-taxed and harassed residents of that city. This is just another excuse for those two millionaires to slam “corporate greed.”

Such very, very rich hypocrites.

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Gun-controlled Baltimore has one of its most violent weekends: 17 shot, including 2-year-old

The Baltimore Sun reports that this past weekend, 17 people were shot — four of them fatally —one of its most brutal weekends on record. This includes a two-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach during a “road rage” incident.

More from the Sun:

“The violent crime is “sad and incredible sickening,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said, “especially when innocent children are caught in the middle.”

“As I have said repeatedly, enough is enough,” Hogan said in a statement. “We will continue working closely with city leaders and urging members of the legislature to do more to get these repeat violent offenders off our streets.”

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young did not respond to a request for comment.

City Council President Brandon Scott, a Democrat who is running for mayor, called the weekend’s bloodshed “unacceptable” and said he intends to increase pressure on Baltimore police and Commissioner Michael Harrison to address the violence.

“We have to start to push a little harder on how they’re dealing with the violence day to day,” he said.

Harrison said in a statement that the men and women of the police department are focused on deterring violent crime in Baltimore.

“Prior to this weekend, as I mentioned to the City Council last week, I was encouraged by the overall trends in homicides and shootings over the past several weeks,” he said. “I think we all recognize that the issues driving spikes in violence must be addressed by a wide range of people and organizations, not just the police department, in order to make Baltimore the city we all want it to be.”

Read here about all the gun violence in Baltimore this past weekend.

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Homeless Portland man receives probation & mental health/drug treatment at his 68th conviction

It shouldn’t have taken a 68th conviction to get this man some much-needed treatment. We’ll see if he actually takes advantage of it.

As reported by Oregon Live: A homeless man who is one of Portland’s most frequently arrested people is getting a chance to get drug, alcohol and mental health treatment instead of prison time for his most recent convictions this week — for threatening a woman and her minor son as they cowered in their locked car.

Brian Ray Lankford, 50, was sentenced to three years of probation through the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program, which also is geared to help him find stable housing.

Repeat offender Lankford

Lankford has been arrested more than 220 times in the past decade and — as of Monday — convicted 68 times for crimes including misdemeanor theft, trespassing, harassment, disorderly conduct and interfering with public transportation, according to his court file. He often has been sentenced to fines, short stints in jail or probation in which he was not actively supervised.

On Monday, Lankford pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and menacing after a woman arrived home in August 2017 to discover Lankford behind her Goose Hollow-area home, just a few blocks from Portland State University. She told him to leave, and he began swinging a 3-foot-long tree branch toward the woman and her son, who had retreated to their locked car and called 911, investigators said.

The boy told police he worried Lankford was going to break their car windows and hurt them. The boy’s mother, Tiffany Hammer, told the Portland City Council in May that Lankford was a repeat criminal who was among a homeless population that commits a wide array of crimes around their neighborhood. On that particular day, Hammer said, she thinks he was trying to steal from her home.

Lankford told The Oregonian/OregonLive last year that he’s been arrested so many times that sometimes he cares if he goes to jail and sometimes he doesn’t. He said he uses methamphetamines, and it’s easy to feel hopeless.

The defense and the prosecution worked out the terms of Lankford’s plea agreement, which was approved by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Benjamin Souede.

A spokesman for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Brent Weisberg, said state guidelines recommended Lankford be sentenced to 13 to 14 months of prison. But the district attorney’s office thought probation, treatment and help finding housing would be better at addressing Lankford’s problems.

If Lankford fails to abide by the terms of his probation, he could get about two to five years in prison, Weisberg said.

“The hope is he’ll engage in the wraparound services that are being offered,” Weisberg said.

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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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Washington State to release man early who committed horrific hate crime (after racking up 17 felonies)

Progressives claim to be proponents and champions of defending minorities against hate crimes. Yet when it comes to actually punishing those responsible for their acts, the justice systems in place tell a different story.

Back in March of this year, a white man beat an Indian-American man very badly while calling him “blackie.”

The victim, Sandeep Ray, was beaten by William Kraft, a man who had racked up 17 felonies in 13 years. KIRO 7 News had this story about Ray’s beating:

Kraft kicked Ray in the head as he laid on the ground. Then took off his shirt and used it to strangle Ray. Then while on all fours, he started choking Ray with his hands. A bystander finally stopped the attack.

Kraft’s mother and sister plead for leniency Friday. “He has had mental illness and he’s tried to self-medicate with drugs. And also the abuse was mentioned when he was younger,” said Lisa Kraft, his mom.

“This awful thing that William did is not a reflection of who my brother is,” said Catherine Kraft, his sister.

And Kraft apologized for his crimes. “I wake up every day and it just doesn’t seem real. So I’d like to very sincerely apologize to Mr. Ray,” he said.

The judge acknowledged it all — but also noted Kraft’s criminal history and the severity of this crime.

Charging documents said, “The defendant has a criminal history which includes two counts of Assault 2 in 2004, Assault 3 in 2015, Malicious Mischief 3 in 2014, Obstructing in 2014, DUI in 2011. He has eight warrants since 2004.”

“This is your second strike,” said Judge John McHale. “It was an act of terror. So I’m going to follow the state’s recommendation,” he said, sentencing him to nearly five years in prison.”

Turns out this “act of terror” wasn’t bad enough to warrant the perp a full jail sentence. According to MyNorthwest.com, the perp will walk free a year earlier than expected.

The perp had given Mr. Ray a concussion and was unable to return to work for a week. Mr. Ray “remained in such excruciating pain for weeks afterward that he even thought at times, “[Kraft] should have killed me that night, then it would be over for me.”

The Washington State Department of Corrections is releasing the perp Kraft early because of “good behavior.”

You can see video of the attack here.

There are several lessons here: 1) conceal carry, 2) don’t rely on police to protect/save you, and 3) don’t count on liberal prosecutors to seek appropriate charges/convictions.

And don’t elect liberals who claim to have “a national reputation as a leader in effective criminal justice reform.”

Also, don’t elect liberals who refuse to acknowledge/take any action on the large number of repeat offenders within their jurisdiction.

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