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Lawless in Seattle: Police take over an hour to respond to burglary in progress

The progressive utopia of Seattle has some serious problems. The liberal bureaucrats in that city do not hold the homeless accountable for the crimes they commit. The Seattle Police and City Council have a contentious relationship which is so bad that a historical number of police are leaving the department.

Criminals are free to rob and steal without having to worry about the police arriving in time to catch them.

Last Friday a convenience store in Magnolia was robbed. Two criminals busted into the store at 3:05 a.m. Seattle Police arrived at 4:22 a.m.

On top of that, as of Tuesday morning Seattle Police still hadn’t assigned a detective to the case. The owner is so frustrated that he’s doing his own investigation.

As MyNorthwest reports:

“The owner, who goes by Sam, got a call from his alarm company about the break-in but was out of town. He instructed the company to call 911 but had to watch it happen, live, on his phone. “It was torture, because I couldn’t do anything,” he said.

The two thieves broke through the bottom, glass part of the door with a chunk of cement, and then set off some kind of smoke bomb as they ransacked the store. They stole cash, lottery tickets, cigarettes, and beer.

They took off in a red pickup truck, but then returned just minutes later, parking nearby and coming in once again to steal more.

“We basically lost about $15,000 worth of product and most of that was cigarettes,” Sam’s business partner, Brian Burns, said. He received a worried call from Sam the morning of the burglary. Sam asked him to go down to the store, make sure it was secure, and wait for police.

“The store was wide open,” he said, “and there wasn’t anybody coming out to help or what have you. It was just a real weird, eerie feeling.”

Police finally arrived more an hour after the first burglary, a move Burns called “ridiculous.”

Burns says he tried to tell police about their lead from the surveillance video and explain that they needed to get the video before it was erased, he said they acted like it wasn’t a big deal. “He said, ‘Well, a detective hasn’t been assigned to the case yet,” Burns said. “He said, ‘We can’t do anything until a detective’s been assigned to the case, that’s the way it works. I said, ‘Well, is there a way to get a detective assigned to a case? Because time is of the essence.’”

As for why it took so long for the police to respond?

Police said the call was classified the wrong way — not as an emergency. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the call initially came in as a simple alarm call, not as a crime in progress. When it was upgraded to a verified break-in, it became a priority two call. But it should have been a priority one, or emergency, call.

“A crime in progress will always get a faster response than a crime that has happened in the past,” Whitcomb said. “We’re not sure why this wasn’t classified as a priority one call.”

Police also blamed the slow response time on lower staffing and call volume.

KIRO 7 obtained data from June of 2016, 2017, and 2018. It shows median Seattle police response times to priority three calls have increased by 14 minutes from 2016 to 2018.

Priority two call responses increased by five minutes over the same time period, and priority one, known as emergency calls, slightly increased from 6.05 minutes in June of 2016 to 6.34 minutes in June of 2018.

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King County cops teaming up to fight rise in gun violence

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In August 2015, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales in the city, and to require gun owners to report lost and stolen firearms to police. At the time, council president Tim Burgess said this: “Gun violence is a public-health crisis in our city and our nation. City government can and must pursue innovative gun-safety measures that save lives and save money.”
It’s been two years since that gun tax was adopted. And it’s working about as well as you would expect…
From MyNorthwest.com: In his 4 ½ years as King County sheriff, John Urquhart cannot recall a time or an issue that brought together nearly every high-ranking law enforcement official in the Puget Sound region. Until Wednesday, when the region’s recent rise in gun violence put local and federal law enforcement in one room.
Most recently, there were six shootings in two days in the Seattle region. The issue is so severe that Urquhart was blunt while speaking with KIRO Radio’s Ron and Don.
“Young people with guns, that’s exactly what it is … my message to parents is if you think your kids are out there with guns – and I think most parents know – you better put a stop to it, even if you have to call us,” Urquhart said. “Because if you don’t, they are going to get killed. Either we are going to kill them – which is what happened in Seattle two weeks ago – or other people out there, other kids with guns are going to kill them. That’s how serious this is. We don’t want to kill them, we don’t want your kid to get killed. Do something about it.”
The meeting on Wednesday brought together the Washington State Patrol, Seattle Police Department, ATF, DEA, FBI, the DOC, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office — each discussing how they have noticed the rise in gun violence.
“There has been an uptick in some gang activity,” Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole told KIRO 7. “…We had the death of an innocent 16-year-old girl here, just around the corner. We had an elderly couple in the middle of the night that were subject to gunfire. It has to stop. The community is not going to tolerate it, and the police department is not going to tolerate it.”
Urquhart wouldn’t say exactly what tactics are going to be used moving forward, but he did provide some insight. “They are real simple: Boots on the ground,” he said. “We’re are going to go out there and if you have got guns, if you are shooting people, if you are doing drive-bys, we are going to find you and we are going to arrest you, and we are going to work together to find out who is doing this.”
King County gun violence
In just the first four months of 2017, the King County Sheriff’s Office has already logged a considerable number of firearm-related incidents in unincorporated parts of the county. The sheriff did not have the numbers from previous years on hand, but did say that they are “way up.”

  • 14 homicides
  • 40 shootings (people struck by gunfire, but survived)
  • 100 drive-by shootings
  • A total of 120 shots fired were reported to 911 in cities that the sheriff covers (Des Moines, Kent, etc.)

The numbers do not reflect Seattle’s statistics. Seattle shots fired in a 12-month period starting in April:

  • 2013: 73 reports
  • 2014: 76 reports
  • 2015: 113 reports
  • 2016: 103 reports
  • 2017: 119 reports

“The only common denominator is all the guns,” Urquhart said. “Individuals, groups of people, some gangs involved, but not 100 percent. It would be a mistake to say that this is a gang problem, because that is not exactly what this is in every situation.”
“This could be as simple as somebody disrespecting somebody else’s mother or somebody else’s girlfriend … There’s no one situation that applies to all this violence except that everybody has guns and they are shooting people,” he said. “They are shooting innocent people and they are shooting up houses.”
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Orlando police launch 'safe place' initiative for LGBT residents, visitors

A decal for protection? Oh, I’m sure that will work perfectly…
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From Orlando Sentinel: On Monday, the six-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the city of Orlando kicks off an initiative designed to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people safer.
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The Orlando Police Department will issue a new rainbow decal in the shape of a badge for offices, stores and organizations that want to participate. “This location is a SAFE PLACE for victims of anti-LGBTQ crimes and harassment to call 911 and wait for police to arrive,” it says.
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The city has printed 500 of the 5-by-7-inch decals, and already, most city buildings have been outfitted with them, said police spokeswoman Michelle Guido. Orlando businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part and place decals on windows near their main entrances.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and police Chief John Mina plan to hold a news conference Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the LGBT Center of Central Florida on North Mills Avenue to kick off the initiative.
The program is patterned after one created by the Seattle Police Department last year. The Orlando decal is nearly identical to Seattle’s and the goal is similar: to provide temporary sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who feel threatened or have been the victims of crimes.

Ed Murray and his rainbow sidewalks designed to prevent crimes.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his rainbow sidewalks designed to prevent crimes.


They can go inside and know it’s a safe place from which to call 911 or that someone there will place the call on their behalf. Seattle’s program also is designed to reduce bullying.
About a month after the Pulse shooting, the Orlando Police Department unveiled a police vehicle bearing the names of the victims and photos of a vigil to honor them. Lt. James “Jim” Young, a 19-year department veteran and former agency spokesman, is lead liaison to the LGBT community and drives the SUV.
Monday is the six-month anniversary of the massacre in which Omar Mateen, 29, a Fort Pierce security guard, killed 49 people and injured at least 68 others when he opened fire inside the gay nightclub June 12.
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Progressivism: Seattle victims wait for more than an hour for police assistance

Liberal Seattle has a host of problems and has for some time. For some reason their “progressive’” policies aren’t helping their community very much.

Progressive Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Progressive Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

They have a severe homeless problem and are hiring a “Homelessness Director” to solve that issue (with a max pay rate of $160,483.68).
Their new billing system for its public-utilities customers will launch a year or more behind schedule and cost at least $34 million more than initially projected.
Last December I did a post about how some Seattle neighborhoods are hiring their own security because police are a rare sighting in their areas. A week later, I did another post on how Seattle neighborhoods started a petition for more police. The petition states that criminal activity has become an epidemic in the area, but police presence remains lacking, and response to 911 calls continues to be slow.
It appears that the Seattle Police and medics cannot adequately respond to a 911 call in the case of a road rage incident that warrants medical attention.
From MyNorthwest.com: Seattle police have long been under fire for slow response times to low level crimes such as auto theft and burglary. But, an incident in March shows that some victims of more serious crimes have also been waiting longer for help.
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On March 10 the victim was driving his Nissan on 19th Avenue in the Lake City area, waiting to take a right onto NE 85th Street. According to police reports, he was about to turn when a red PT Cruiser to his left swerved across two lanes and cut him off. The Nissan driver reacted by honking.
That’s when witnesses say the PT Cruiser started swerving around, trying to run the man off the road. Twice, the PT Cruiser screeched to a halt. The second time, Nissan wasn’t so quick to react and rear-ended the other car.
That’s when it got ugly. According to witnesses, the driver of the PT Cruiser got out and kicked a dent in the back of the Nissan before reaching through the open drivers’ side window and smashing the man’s face into his own steering wheel — over and over. (This would have been a good time to be carrying, IMO.)
The suspect took off as witnesses rushed over and called 911. One man who called police said he could hear the commotion in his office across the busy road. The 911 call was recorded.
“Do you think they need a medic?” a dispatcher asked. “He’s got a nosebleed,” a witness said. “He’s got three witnesses standing around him. I think he’s fine, but — actually, he’s on his knees right now. I think he took a pretty hard hit.”
Those first 911 calls came in at 4:40 p.m. But, an officer wasn’t at the scene until more than an hour later — at almost 6 p.m. And medical aid never arrived.
“Sorry it took awhile to get here,” the responding officer is heard saying on in-car video. “I actually got called in four hours early to work today — because we don’t have anybody at work today, apparently.”
The suspect’s car apparently didn’t have any license plates on it — just temporary paper tags in the window. That led the responding officer to believe it was stolen.
“Most of the time they’re fake [temporary tags], depending on who it is that’s driving the car. And the car might be stolen if it’s set up like that because they’ll make their own, they’ll print them out and then write on them just like a dealership would or a DMV would,” the officer said on the video.
And because of the time it took to respond, the officer said there was probably nothing they could do.
It’s not clear how many officers were on patrol in the north precinct that day, but the Seattle Police Department has acknowledged they are understaffed. One recent report recommended the city add 200 more officers to the force.
Also that day…
Around 4 p.m. a man near NE 77th Street and 20th Avenue NE called police to say that a woman was driving erratically and almost hit his car, forcing him to swerve off the road and careen into someone’s front yard. The caller said he thought the woman was drunk and that he was afraid she might go on to hurt someone else.
This case was different than the road rage incident when it took more than an hour for an officer to show up — no officers ever responded.
The caller sat by the road for an hour before calling 911 again, saying the woman had driven back to the scene, presumably to see if police were there. While waiting, the caller and a witness were apparently able to identify the suspect’s potential residence, since he saw the suspect circle around and pull into a nearby driveway.
The department did not file a case report on the crime. No arrests were made in either case.
Maybe Mayor Ed Murray should install more rainbow sidewalks to fight crime.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (l) standing on a rainbow sidewalk that will fight crime.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (l) standing on a rainbow sidewalk that will fight crime.

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Seattle and their "progressive" policies in action

Seattle is a true, blue progressive city. They’ve elected democrat mayors time and time again. The current mayor, Ed Murray, is a die-hard proggie. In 2013, The Seattle Times recommended voting for Murray as he “offers a return of pragmatic, effective leadership to City Hall.”
How’s that “pragmatic, effective leadership” working out? Let’s take a look and see what’s happening in Seattle, shall we?

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray


SEATTLE’S GUN TAX
Thanks to democrats’ new tax in Seattle, a gun store is packing up and moving out of Seattle.  Sergey Solyanik, owner of Precise Shooter, is closing his gun shop and moving it to Lynnwood (just north of Seattle) after a December 2015 court ruling gave Seattle approval to impose a tax on gun sales. See my post on that story here.
SEATTLE’S EFFECTIVENESS IN DEALING WITH CRIME
Last December I did a post about how some Seattle neighborhoods are hiring their own security because police are a rare sighting in their areas. A week later, I did another post on how Seattle neighborhoods started a petition for more police. The petition states that criminal activity has become an epidemic in the area, but police presence remains lacking, and response to 911 calls continues to be slow.
How did the good mayor respond?
Murray told KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz that the city is adequately staffing the police force, and is further expanding it. He also said, I inherited a police department that had basically stopped policing.” (Gee, where have I heard that phrase before?)
Maybe the mayor should paint more “rainbow” sidewalks to prevent crime.
Ed Murray and his rainbow sidewalks to prevent crimes.

Ed Murray and his rainbow sidewalks to prevent crimes.


SEATTTLE’S HOMELESSNESS PROBLEMS
The mayor issued an emergency order on homelessness in November and opened “safe lots” for homeless people living in RVs. Many residents aren’t happy with that at all.
"The Jungle" homeless camp in Seattle/AP Photo

“The Jungle” homeless camp in Seattle/AP Photo


The Jungle” is a homeless encampment area that is approximately 100 acres in size. From Wikipedia:The Jungle increasingly became a haven for criminals in the 2000s. Criminal activity has included assaults,  rapes, prostitution, and murders. Residences in the Beacon Hill neighborhood have been burglarized by those staying in The Jungle. Gang members basing drug trade in the woods also became a concern. The Jungle is generally considered unsafe at any hour. Just the other day, five people were shot (with two dead) at the The Jungle.
How did the good mayor respond?
He issued a statement (read his full statement here):

Mayor Murray calls for end of divisive rhetoric on homelessness. But this is a national tragedy. It should be a national emergency and it needs a national response. So part of what I am asking today is that we challenge each other to do better without denigrating each other.  Instead of cooperation and a shared voice, we have seen too much division and extreme rhetoric about who homeless people are and how to solve the crisis. The reality is, to provide emergency shelter to the almost 3,000 people that remain on our streets would cost us another 49 million dollars a year – or double our current investment.”

And without federal funding to find a solution for the homeless problem the mayor said, “We would have to slash programs throughout the city, layoff hundreds of employees to do that.”
Pragmatic! Effective!
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Seattle City Councilmember Sawant stands by her Islamophobia comments

Like any good proggie/commie/socialist, she’s a master of Alinsky tactics.

Socialist Kshama Sawant (far right).

Socialist Kshama Sawant (far right).


Kshama Sawant is a socialist and a member of the Seattle City Council. She says the most absurd things, too. She once attended a rally of union supporters and said Boeing workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine (because that will really work to keep your paychecks coming). She said that after workers “take-over” the Everett Boeing plant they could build things everyone can use. She said, “We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines.”
She’s now saying more things that only make sense in her head.
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On December 5th, 2015, Hamza Warsame (age 16) fell from a Capitol Hill building in Seattle. The King County Medical Examiner announced that investigators determined the fall was an accident. Before the investigation was even completed, proggies were claiming the death was a hate crime caused by anti-Muslim sentiment in Seattle.
MyNorthwest.com reports that after claims were made that Warsame was allegedly beaten and thrown from the building in Capitol Hill, Sawant issued a statement calling for “justice.” Even though no foul play was found to have incurred, Sawant told KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz that her point remains valid.
SJWs agitating before knowing all the facts

SJWs agitating before knowing all the facts


“At that time, when (victim Hanza Warsame) unfortunately met his demise, Islamophobia the rhetoric was heated,” Sawant said. “(Donald) Trump was really stirring it up. The attacks had just happened. Bernardino had just happened. There was a lot of buzz about that. At that moment it was understandable that the communities in Seattle were anxious that this might be motivated by that kind of hatred against immigrants, against people of color, against people of a certain ethnicity,” Sawant added. “And what I said in my statement is that the police should conduct a thorough investigation, and if the death to Hanza was linked to a hate crime then the police should carry out the full justice process in order to get those perpetrators to justice. So what I said was conditional.
She offered no clarification for her statement. “Read my statement carefully,” she said. “What I said was that, first of all … I hope most human beings would agree with me regardless of why the death happened, is that it was a very tragic occurrence. A young person, a young person of color — this is tragic. And what I said is… that this might … be an attack that might be motivated by bigotry and hatred.”
KIRO’s Rantz noted that Sawant used this particular case to get into the topic of Islamophobia as a result of Right Wing rhetoric. “Yes, of course, that is true,” she said. “Regardless of what the police found…”
Of course she said her statement speaks to the bigger issue (one that is oh, so political, of course). “This was not about that case; the issues are much larger,” she said. “The issues are about the real anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-people of color, and frankly, sexist and racist rhetoric being generated by the Trump campaign, and it’s speaking to people because people are looking for a way out. So it’s not that tens of millions of people in America are racist, but they’re looking for a way out. Bernie’s campaign is an alternative to that.
All her “care “and “concern” was nothing more than an attempt to promote Bernie Sanders. What a good little Alinskyite.
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Sex offender who illegally crossed border from Canada arrested for burglary, rape

Repeat, violent sex offender Stanley

Repeat, violent sex offender Stanley


MyNorthwest.com: A Level III registered sex offender who illegally crossed the border from Canada two years ago has been arrested for investigation of burglary and rape.
Michael Stanley, 49, went in through the window and confronted a 69-year-old woman in her Skyway home located in the 8400 block of S 115 St Friday morning, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Police said no weapons were used, but the woman sustained minor injuries.
The sheriff’s office said Stanley, who is homeless, has been in compliance with Level III requirements since registering as a sex offender in Nov. 2013. He’s required to check in weekly and must provide an accurate account of where he stays every night.
He’ll make a first court appearance at the Regional Justice Center on Monday.
Stanley, a U.S. citizen, cut off his monitoring ankle bracelet in Canada and crossed unchallenged in to the U.S. in 2013. A warrant was issued, but Canada chose not to extradite Stanley.
In Oct. 2013, the CBC reported Stanley has a history of taking children from playgrounds, and was sentenced for luring two mentally-impaired boys to an apartment in 2006, and in the 1980s he spent time in prison for sexually assaulting an 82-year-old wheelchair bound woman.
From October 2013:
“A violent, high-risk sex offender that escaped from Canada has registered as a sex offender in King County. But other than keeping an eye on him, police say there’s not much else they can do.
“It’s unfortunate that he ended up here, but we will do everything we can in our power to ensure that he stays in line with his registration,” Renee Witt, with the Seattle Police Department, tells KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.
Stanley fled Canada after cutting off his electronic-monitoring bracelet. U.S. officials allowed him to cross the border after determining he was an American citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant. He then made his way to Seattle.
“We’re doing everything to ensure that he is closely monitored and to make sure that he doesn’t reoffend here in our city,” says Witt. “Of course, if anyone should see him out doing anything that may fall outside of those guidelines, they’re asked to call 911.”
Yeah, how did that “closely monitoring” situation work for the 69-year-old victim?
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‘Whole picture’ to be weighed in Seattle police hiring

Seattle Times: Past gang membership, tattoos and a record of driving while intoxicated will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in screening applicants for the Seattle Police Department under new policies designed to boost diversity on the force and hire officers who reflect the makeup of the community.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to smooth out those bumps in the road,” Assistant Police Chief Dick Reed said at a news conference at the social-justice organization El Centro de la Raza as the city unveiled changes in minimum hiring standards.
Mayor Mike McGinn said the new approach grew out of the city’s “20/20” police-reform plan adopted last year, calling for 20 initiatives over 20 months, and is designed to lift technicalities in the hiring process.
The reform plan was adopted last year after a U.S. Department of Justice finding that Seattle’s police officers have too often resorted to excessive force and displayed troubling, if inconclusive, evidence of biased policing. The city later entered into a settle agreement with the Justice Department to address the issues.
The city expects to hire more than 300 officers in the next five years to fill positions created by retirements, including 85 to be hired this year.   A new round of testing is to be held July 13, with enrollment having opened on Monday. As part of the changes, the city will no longer require a $25 application fee, which was seen as a barrier.
One goal is to attract applicants through community-based organizations such as El Centro, the Atlantic Street Center and Filipino Community of Seattle, along with career-promotion efforts in Seattle’s community colleges.
Workshops, including one  which was to be held at Filipino Community on Monday night, will be advertised on the Police Department’s new recruitment website at seattlepolicejobs.com. New materials to advertise career opportunities and recruit applicants also will be used, shaped by suggestions from the community.
With the hope of attracting more Seattle residents, McGinn said the department wants the “broadest possible pool” of qualified applicants who demonstrate integrity and reflect the city’s values. But the city will not set quotas, he said. Felony and domestic-violence convictions will continue to be automatic disqualifiers, Reed said.
But misdemeanor convictions and past misconduct will be evaluated on an individual basis under background checks that, overall, will examine challenges which applicants might have faced, lessons they have learned and changes they have made in their lives.
“We’ll evaluate the whole picture,” Reed said, explaining that the department may consider what occurred years ago differently from more recent conduct. In addition, the marijuana-use policy has been revised to require that new hires have not used pot in the past year rather than fewer than 25 times overall.
The department also is eliminating some language regarding applicants’ driving records that might have disqualified some.
Visible tattoos already are allowed for officers working on the force, and confusing language in application papers regarding their acceptance has been removed, Reed said. Tattoos will now be reviewed case by case, along with marks from deliberate scarifying, and the department will eliminate a policy restricting dental ornamentation.
Recent statistics show the Police Department has 86 percent male officers, compared with a Seattle population 50 percent female; 75.3 percent white officers compared with a 69.5 percent white population; 8.6 African-American officers compared with 8.0 percent; 5.1 Hispanic officers compared with 6.6 percent; 8.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander officers compared with 14.2 percent; and 2.3 percent Native-American officers compared with 0.8 percent.
Tony Benjamin, representing Atlantic Street Center, a nonprofit social-service agency that helps families and communities to raise healthy, successful children and youth, said he sees the plan as a way to promote a great career opportunity and a safer community for all.
Kip Tokuda, a community activist and former state legislator hired by the city to study police hiring, said he identified barriers to recruitment, which has prompted the department to adopt specific changes. Among his recommendations was to build partnerships with various communities and establish relationships at Seattle’s community colleges, Tokuda said. More diversity will lead to a more effective department, Tokuda said.
The general idea, he said, is to make hiring “more welcoming than in the past.”
Ah, the good old “diversity” as a hiring requirement. Too bad competence and law-abiding isn’t among those criteria as well.

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