KING COUNTY, WA – The King County Police Officers Guild announced a campaign to oppose anti-law enforcement amendments that would derail the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The Save Our Sheriff campaign was launched this week in an attempt to stop amendments to the county’s charter from passing.
The Save Our Sheriff press release sent out this week explains what amendments five and six are in King County:
“Charter Amendment 5 would take away the right of voters to elect the King County Sheriff.
“Amendment 6 would allow the County Council to achieve their stated objective of dismantling and defunding the Sheriff’s Office by allowing the Council to define the duties of the Sheriff by ordinance rather than state law like every other County Sheriff in the state.”
The position of County Sheriff hasn’t always been elected in King County, but it has been for the past 20 years when it was voted to be so rather than by appointment. It’s generally seen as an effective way for the position to be filled in the area.
The decision to alter the county’s charter will be voted on by King County residents this November. The marks the first time citizens will be able to vote on issues relating to defunding law enforcement.
Background: “Dozens of King County prosecutors want office to ignore some burglary, drug and assault cases”https://t.co/tk0MFhlcE4
— Washington State GOP (@WAGOP) August 27, 2020
One law enforcement officer who recognizes the danger of giving so much power to a city council is Captain Stan Seo, a spokesman for the Save Our Sheriff campaign.
In the press release, Captain Seo recognized the importance of these amendments saying:
“The eyes of the country are on Seattle and King County right now and as law enforcement professionals we will take this campaign as an opportunity to show voters that police are worth defending, not defunding.”
Durkan seems to have forgotten that rioters in CHOP/CHAZ terrorized residents, demanded tribute from business owners, and generated frequent shootings. (6/)https://t.co/sHpNXYeiMl
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) August 28, 2020
He’s right about that: The eyes of this nation are plastered to many big (and Democratic-run) cities, including Seattle. The lawlessness that was allowed to reign for weeks in the CHAZ/CHOP zone was a display that many agencies and city leaders used as a measuring stick for their own areas.
For example, recently, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said:
“I am not letting any group set up a Seattle zone of lawlessness here in the city of Detroit.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 28, 2020
Now, they will continue to watch as King County possibly sets a precedent for other areas with these amendments, particularly amendment six regarding the defunding of the department.
In an interview with Law Enforcement Today, Captain Seo expressed confidence in the voters of King County:
“I think voters within King County are really intelligent people. I think they’re going to recognize that this is an attempt at a power grab by the council in order to control law enforcement in King County.
“We’ve had an elected chair for over 20 years and have had very positive results.”
— America's Keepers (@AmericasKeepers) August 26, 2020
A petition circulated a few weeks ago from the Seattle Police Officers Guild to show Seattle City Council that residents didn’t want their police department defunded. The petition garnered 100,000 signatures within about a week, and is now sitting at over 170,000.
The SPOG also has started a website, StopDefunding.com, to keep residents (and concerned citizens around the state who fear the trickle-down politics) apprised of where the campaign stands.
The petition is still active, and as of this writing the Seattle Council has voted to defund 39% of the police budget, effectively cutting 100 police positions and several other programs.
— justneedthis 🇺🇸 (@justneedthis3) August 28, 2020
The petition, along with polling from both Democrats and Republicans, shows that a vast and overwhelming majority of residents do not want their police department to be defunded, and even less so dismantled completely.
The Seattle Council has expressed a desire to cut the police budget by 50% in 2021, which is part of what prompted Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best to abandon her post, stating she can’t effectively police with such little funding.
Mob would not allow me to do my job today when trying to videotape KC Jail in Seattle. I tried to leave but they surrounded my car put items on windows & continued to terrorize me. One man threaten to break my vehicle windows & come to my home. We are just trying to do our jobs pic.twitter.com/Ek3JRkG12c
— KIRO 7 Jussero (@JJusseroKIRO7) August 20, 2020
Her job, she said, had become impossible, and will be even more so when the budget is cut even further:
“It completely fails to defund the police by 50%, as six of the eight council members had promised to support and carries out a major austerity program on behalf of big business.”
Captain Seo went on to explain that the decision to suddenly push the amendments on the ballot in King County is not well thought out:
“I think it’s more of a knee jerk reaction and political, but I think that because of that they’re looking to seize upon public opinion in order to gain control and provide less transparency and accountability.
“By seizing control of law enforcement services in King County, the secondary result is going to be a lack of control by taking voters’ rights away and a lack of accountability by having closed door decision making polices that the Sheriff’s Office provides.”
VIDEO: Police precincts vandalized during Seattle protests https://t.co/kNH0XlX5f6
— Joyce S O'Malley (@JoyceSOMalley2) August 28, 2020
When asked what the Save Our Sheriff campaign is doing to fight against these amendments, Captain Seo told Law Enforcement Today that the campaign has been speaking to other law enforcement agencies in cities within King County, as well as fire departments.
Activists — and their enablers — routinely say they're peaceful and don't show up for a fight. They claim cops are the instigators… as the criminal agitators bring weapons and quick dry cement to their "peaceful protests." https://t.co/NXfkmV4BOE
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 25, 2020
The campaign is also actively working with law enforcement organizations to garner support against the amendments.
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Here’s more on King County and their search for “social justice” by way of eliminating police.
King County was named after former vice-president and slave owner, Democrat William R. King, who served in the year 1853.
In 1986, the King County Council voted to rededicate the county to Martin Luther King Jr. to create a nobler image for the county. In 2005, it was made official.
Now, the logo for the county is a stylized portrait of Martin Luther King jr. That logo decorates the letterhead of the county’s prosecuting attorney, Daniel T. Satterberg, who is seeking re-election this year.
Satterberg is the same prosecutor who recommended commuting the life sentence of Stonney Rivers in 2017. One of the reasons Satterberg gave for granting early release to Rivers was:
“His extreme sentence was given out to a highly disproportionate percentage of young African-American men, around 80%.”