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Nicole Thomas-Kennedy might quickly destroy Seattle as we all know it.
Thomas-Kennedy is a police and jail abolitionist who desires to dismantle the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. She is a former public defender who says most misdemeanor crimes shouldn’t be prosecuted. And given her help for so-called anti-fascists, she’s higher labeled the Antifa Candidate.
Thomas-Kennedy received the first for Seattle City Attorney, ousting a three-term incumbent who hardly ever prosecutes crimes. She now faces Ann Davison, a average Republican lawyer and arbitrator.
Thomas-Kennedy could very properly be probably the most excessive, fringe candidate working for workplace in all the nation. However in Seattle, she appears to suit proper in. Even a cursory look of Thomas-Kennedy’s Twitter feed supplies a terrifying have a look at what drives her activism.
A pinned tweet on the high of her Twitter feed says this: “Regardless of a long time of reform, the legal punishment system nonetheless targets probably the most marginalized.
It is time to dismantle this racist system and construct constructions of community-led accountability and true public security.”
However wait, there’s extra.
The abolitionist believes property destruction is a “ethical crucial” and cheers on Antifa thugs who burn property in riots. Thomas-Kennedy pretends Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators didn’t commit violence in the course of the infamous “Summer season of Love” that created a lethal autonomous zone. She calls police “Nazis” and “oppressors” that have to be defunded and abolished. She claims prosecutors “goal” marginalized communities. And, after all, she wants to finish capitalism and refers to the USA as “Amerikkka.”
She’s not the one abolitionist who received her Seattle major, both.
Native activist, lawyer, and police abolitionist Nikkita Oliver beat her pro-business Democrat within the major for at-large metropolis councilmember. Oliver was a number one organizer throughout Seattle’s autonomous zone. And whereas not fairly as excessive, present Council president Lorena Gonzalez is in a decent race for mayor. She helped lead the defund motion with guarantees to chop 50% of the funds whereas trying to find a legal way to fireplace white cops for being, properly, white.
Whereas Oliver and Gonalez would assist push Seattle farther in direction of town’s brink, Thomas Kennedy’s race is far more significant.
The Metropolis Legal professional has prosecutorial discretion and may run the workplace with out a lot Council interference. If an abolitionist takes over, there isn’t any turning again. Seattle won’t ever recuperate. For these of us who reside and work right here, as I do, it’s arduous to think about Seattle additional deteriorating.
The Seattle Police Division has misplaced 300 officers since final yr. That’s roughly a 3rd of its power. Officers are leaving due to ongoing defund activism from the Seattle Metropolis Council. Consequently, town skilled a 26-year-high murder price in 2020. The town is on tempo to interrupt that document this yr.
And homelessness has by no means been worse: encampments are in every single place, with the homeless rising more and more violent. Lots of them are repeat offenders who’re both hardly ever prosecuted or by no means see significant jail time.
The most recent high-profile incidents contain a homeless mob attacking a younger household and a vacationer being viciously overwhelmed and robbed in broad daylight. Two arrests reveal the suspects have lengthy legal histories.
The huge homeless encampment occupies prime actual property alongside town’s busiest avenue with picturesque views of the Area Needle. On July 27, a mob from the encampment attacked a pair and their 2-week-old little one with a machete, a big wood stick, rocks, and different weapons.
The couple went to the encampment to recuperate objects stolen the evening earlier than in a automotive prowl. In Seattle, police are seldom allowed to enter encampments, and they’re sometimes used to recuperate stolen objects from break-ins on account of essential staffing shortages and extra urgent crimes.
After finding and retrieving their stolen objects, the victims retreated to their automotive because the mob attacked them. Surveillance digicam from a close-by enterprise filmed all the incident.
Prosecutors charged John Rosser and Mario Miller with second-degree assault. Each are homeless with prolonged legal data. Rosser allegedly attacked the suspect with a machete and a 2×4. Earlier than throwing a rock on the automotive windshield, Miller allegedly attacked the male sufferer with a five-foot-long wood pole. The suspects have a mixed 17 felony and not less than seven misdemeanor convictions between them.
Thomas-Kennedy has vowed to not prosecute the very misdemeanors the 2 suspects beforehand confronted, together with assault and possession of a harmful weapon.
“The prosecutor’s moral responsibility is to hunt justice, however there’s no justice in prosecuting individuals for crimes of survival and poverty, or in making the lives of individuals in determined conditions worse. The very least that town legal professional might do is to cease prosecuting individuals for many misdemeanors,” Thomas-Kennedy said.
Whereas the abolitionist routinely cites the “crimes of survival” speaking level, she utterly ignores the victims. We must always cease pretending stealing booze or ransacking Goal is about survival. As a substitute, we must always give attention to the financial hardship these crimes create — significantly for the reason that criminals she’d let go will return to victimizing others. In Thomas Kennedy’s world, insurance coverage corporations will cowl the losses,
Thomas-Kennedy claims present Metropolis Legal professional Pete Holmes prosecutes too many low-level crimes, and it’s had a disproportionate influence on communities of shade. However Holmes hardly ever prosecutes low-level crimes. It’s why, partly, town has such a excessive variety of prolific offenders.
As a substitute of going through precise punishment for his or her crimes, criminals are launched with slaps on the wrists solely to commit extra crimes. Mix that with the state’s drug decriminalization (a transfer made after the Washington Supreme Court docket dominated a felony drug possession legislation unconstitutional) and the shortage of policing, and it’s no marvel criminals really feel inspired to violate the legislation with impunity.
The town was lately shocked by a brutal beating within the Mouth Baker neighborhood on July 31.
A 22-year-old freelance photographer was visiting Seattle after a tough month. He was lately rear-ended in his hometown of Los Angeles. He said his automotive was totaled, and he had been in intense bodily remedy. He determined to go to Seattle to see buddies and take a “psychological break” from his stress.
Whereas strolling to see his buddies in South Seattle, a stranger approached him, grabbed him by the neck, and threw him to the ground. Then the suspect landed a number of extreme kicks to the top and face. Whereas the sufferer lay unconscious, the suspect stole the sufferer’s telephone, bank cards, and money. The suspect is still at large.
With crime already on the rise, can Seattle stand up to a Metropolis Legal professional who goals to dismantle all the workplace? In spite of everything, she wants “abolition, not reform.”
The general end result Thomas Kennedy’s low-to-no prosecution will probably be anarchy or vigilante justice. And there are already rumblings of extra Seattle officers saying they’ll give up relatively than work in a metropolis that provides this type of activist a lot energy. This received’t finish properly for Seattle.
Will voters lean into abolition, unwilling to vote for her average Republican challenger?
In some unspecified time in the future, it’s price questioning if Seattle voters are both being held hostage by an energetic extremist base or if town itself is majority-extremist.