Seattle may not be the most ignorant city in the country but they come in an extremely close second to whoever is. They are considering giving criminals a pass if they do drugs and/or refuse to work for a living. Mental illness does not fit into the equation since that is already an excuse countrywide. But drug usem and not working?
How many criminals will be able to commit limitless crimes all because they do drugs and/or refuse to work? The sky is the limit. Once you have proven you are a drug user or just a lazy person, you would be automatically exempt from criminal prosecution. Then it becomes a revolving door with mthe only losers being the victims of these criminals.
This change was first brought up in October to appease antifa and BLM. Defunding the police has also been bandied about and indeed money has been removed from the police budget. How long before they close all prisons? With all of these exceptions, there will be little need for them. The left could turn them into reeducation camps for conservatives.
In October, KOMO-TV reported on a proposed ordinance — courtesy of Councilmember Lisa Herbold and King County Director of the Department of Public Defense Anita Khandelwal — that would “excuse and dismiss … almost all misdemeanor crimes committed in Seattle by offenders who could show either: symptoms of addiction without being required to prove a medical diagnosis; symptoms of a mental disorder; or poverty and the crime was committed to meet an ‘immediate and basic need.'”
The station reported, “For example, if a defendant argued they stole merchandise to sell for cash in order to purchase food, clothes, or was trying to scrape together enough money for rent … [t]he accused could not be convicted.”
The ordinance, nicknamed the “poverty defense,” according to the Daily Wire, would cover all misdemeanor crimes except domestic violence cases and DUIs.
In a statement to Fox News, Seattle-area radio host Jason Rantz said:
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“We have this culture of lawlessness. We have a prolific offender problem where pretty much the same 100 or so individuals keep breaking the law, not seeing any punishment, and then doing the same thing over and over and over again.”
“And so, all you’re doing is making it easier for those people to continue that behavior. And, the fear is, of course, you know, ‘Does this only apply to Seattle residents?’ And if not, does that mean someone can come from outside of the region who is destitute, who is low income, [and] break a whole bunch of laws knowing that if you do it in Seattle, you’re not going to get into any trouble?”
The good news is no criminal will ever move away from Seattle a place with sane criminal laws.