The Fox News headline perhaps said more than was intended when it asked, “Who’s Running Seattle?”
The question comes after hundreds of protesters were allowed into City Hall, reportedly by Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant Tuesday night, according to KOMO News, apparently after the doors had been locked at 9 p.m. While demonstrators “remained peaceful,” Fox said they were “pushing Mayor Jenny Durkan to step down if she refuses to defund the city’s police department.”
BULLETIN: The National Rifle Association has announced it will hold its annual members’ meeting—as required by association bylaws—in Springfield, Missouri at the Springfield Expo Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, according to the Springfield News-Leader.
That is the Labor Day weekend.
The newspaper quoted Dana Maugans, director of sales with the Springfield Visitors and Convention Bureau, who said NRA has reserved a large space (Halls A, B and C) to allow for social distancing. The meeting is expected to attract anywhere from 1,000 to 1,250 people, the newspaper said.
The “storming” of city hall comes after more than a week of sometimes violent demonstrations and the closing and boarding up of the police department’s East Precinct building.
It is all in reaction to the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, while in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers who were fired and subsequently charged. Still, demonstrations have continued for nearly two weeks with demands for police accountability and changes in police use-of-force policies. Floyd died while he was being held to the ground by a police officer who kept a knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, despite pleas from the handcuffed man that he could not breathe.
In Seattle, liberal Mayor Jenny Durkan has acquiesced to protesters and banned the use of tear gas by police. But demonstrators and protest organizers want more.
Sawant has called for Durkan to resign as mayor, but she has steadfastly refused. She also has rejected demands to defund the police department.
Still, the police appear to be lowering their profile in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, which many see as another concession to the demonstrators.
The Seattle P-I.com reported that Sawant’s fellow councilwoman, Teresa Mosqueda, will be using her power as chair of the council’s Budget Committee to investigate police department expenditures. The story quoted her stating, “I am committed to defunding the police and using most of that money, ideally 50 percent, to invest back into communities that we’ve failed.”
Councilwoman Tammy Morales may have reinforced the growing notion among critics that the council is clueless by observing, “We don’t necessarily know what it means to dismantle the police department.”
However, Sawant reportedly told the City Hall crowd, “I did not make up with the demand of 50 percent defunding of the police, that came from the community. Any politician, whether they are in Minneapolis or Seattle who is telling you that police can be dismantled under capitalism is bullshitting you.”
Sawant wants to end capitalism and replace it with socialism.
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