Leftist who supports Palestinian terrorists tapped to head Seattle police oversight board

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SEATTLE, WA- After Portland, Seattle has served as ground zero for the wackiness that is the far left. The latest news out of Seattle may have moved that city up to the front of the pack. According to the Post Millennial, the new head of police oversight in metropolitan King County may be anti-cop but he’s definitely pro-Palestinian terrorist.

The Metropolitan King County Council recently appointed a man named Tamer Abouzeid, a Chicago lawyer as the director of the shiny new Offices of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO).

As part of his new duties, Abouzeid will act as an adviser on issues such as police reform, according to an article in the Seattle Times. He is expected to begin his new role on Sept. 20, 2021.

“I am excited about my appointment as director of OLEO and even more excited about the direction in which the King County Council is moving when it comes to public safety,” Abouzeid said in an email.

“I look forward to working with the Council, with OLEO’s amazing staff, with [the King County Sheriff’s Office], and most of all, with the richly diverse communities that call King County home.”

Fair enough. However a close examination of Abouzeid’s history shows that he previously served as the staff attorney for the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) since August of last year.

At one point in time, CAIR had demanded a speaker be canceled from CPAC, alleging what they called his anti-Muslim positions.

What’s more, CAIR has been closely linked to the terrorist organization Hamas, and the current executive director of CAIR has openly called for overthrowing the US government.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) defines CAIR as a:

“Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization with offices around the country,” with a mission “to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

Continuing, however it says:

“CAIR’s stated commitment to ‘justice and mutual understanding,’ however is undermined by its anti-Israel agenda. CAIR Executive Director Hihad Awad has accused Israel supporters in the U.S. of promoting ‘a culture of hostility towards Islam’ and CAIR chapters continue to partner with various anti-Israel groups that seek to isolate and demonize the Jewish State.”

“CAIR’s anti-Israel agenda dates back to its founding by leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization. While CAIR has denounced specific acts of terrorism in the U.S. and broad, for many years it refused to unequivocally condemn Palestinian terror organizations and Hezbollah by  name, which the U.S. and international community have condemned and isolated.”

The ADL noted that:

“CAIR has supported and advocated for Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted by an Israeli court in 1970 for her role in a 1969 bombing of a supermarket that killed two Israeli students, and who was later released as part of a prisoner exchange.”

According to the Post Millennial piece, much of Abouzeid’s social media has been “scrubbed,” aka “cleaned up. However internet archives show that he has supported the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel and wrote a since-deleted letter to the Chicago Tribune which compared Israelis to Hamas terrorists.

ADL notes that CAIR is “closely connected to American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the leading organization providing anti-Zionist training and education to students and Muslim community organizations around the country.”

Abouzeid isn’t the only radical supported by King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci. She apparently also supported a candidate for King County Council, Ubax Gardheere, who only threatened to blow up a bus filled with school children in 2010.

In that incident, Gardheere, in exclusive footage obtained by the Post Millennial threatened school children, claiming she may have had a gun or a bomb, and then actually calling them “cowards” as they ran in fear for their lives.

 

 

On Jan. 12, 2010, Gardheere boarded a Highline School District bus at it was starting its morning route to Chinook Middle School. She tells the bus driver not to leave, calling it a “matter of national security.” The driver then notified the police.

The driver then asks here if something happened to one of the kids, to which she replied that “if something happens it’s going to happen to you.”

The clearly unhinged Gardheere then tells the students she is wearing loose clothing and may be in possession of a bomb or a gun. Police finally arrive and arrest her, while students flee, while Gardheere calls them “cowards.”

A detective with King County said Gardheere had told the arresting officer she was “prepared to die.” No weapons were found, and she was able to plead the charges down to a misdemeanor prior to trial.

That hasn’t stopped Democrats from supporting her candidacy. Democrat state senator Rebecca Saldana noted in her endorsement of Gardheere,” I will follow Ubax anywhere. Another Democrat, former radical Seattle City Council Member Mike O’Brien called her “an amazing leader.” A number of other prominent area Democrats also supported the unhinged radical.

Not surprisingly, her candidacy is also supported by the local chapter of the far-left Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Gardheere claimed in an interview with Seattle Weekly that she had been hospitalized for a mental illness and that her condition had gone downhill after visiting in-laws in Dubai on her way to Somalia in 2008. Somalia? Ah yes, home of another anti-American radical, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D).

Gardheere tried to justify terrorizing school children by claiming she had been “criminalized” for mental illness in an interview with the South Seattle Emerald. She claimed that she was undergoing “postpartum depression” which led to a mental breakdown.

That flies in the face of not only court documents and police reports of the school bus incident, but also her own earlier statements to The Seattle Weekly.

“I’m thinking in my head, ‘what can I say or do that will get you taken to jail instead of a mental institute?”

Just another unhinged radical in a state full of them.  

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In case you misssed, here is another one of our stories on the wackiness that is Seattle. 

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City of Seattle so mad newspaper is suing them over missing records about autonomous zone that they’re suing back

SEATTLE, WA –  The City of Seattle has filed a countersuit against a Seattle newspaper over a civil case regarding public records law, where the Seattle-based newspaper originally filed the lawsuit against the city for mishandling public records requests for public officials’ text messages from the summer of 2020.

Back in June, the Seattle Times filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle alleging that “the city of Seattle mishandled requests from reporters for officials’ text messages during a tumultuous period last summer when police abandoned the East Precinct and used tear gas on protesters,” according to the outlet’s own reporting on the filed suit.

Apparently, the lawsuit is connected to a whistleblower investigation that found Mayor Durkan’s office violated state public records laws when handling various requests for records after it was discovered that Mayor Durkan’s text messages from late August of 2019 to late June of 2020 were missing.

These texts are quite important to those seeking the records requests, as they happen to cover a period of time quite relevant to Seattle and Mayor Durkan – the period of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone/Capitol Hill Organized Protest, a.k.a., CHAZ/CHOP.

And apparently, these text messages weren’t retained.

It was discovered that one of Durkan’s city-issued cellphones was set to delete texts after 30 days, which violates state laws on record retention as text messages from officials are to be kept on hand for at least two years before getting archived.

What makes the matter more complicated was that Mayor Durkan’s legal counsel, Michelle Chen, was said to have engaged in “improper governmental action” with how she handled records requests in light of the missing text messages, according to a Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission investigation report.

Chen had apparently told records officers to not inform anyone requesting records that Mayor Durkan’s text messages were missing and to instead provide requesters with “re-created” text exchanges from the cell phones of city employees that Mayor Durkan had texted with.

The original public records officer whistleblower Stacy Irwin, and a colleague identified as Kimberly Ferreiro, were responsible for triggering the events that led to the SEEC investigation.

Both Irwin and Ferreiro have resigned from their roles, saying they felt forced to following alleged hostility and retaliation they faced after shedding light on the public records law violations.

In a July 2nd letter sent to the SEEC executive director, Wayne Barnett, from Mayor Durkan, the Seattle mayor reportedly acknowledged that “the underlying actions fell short” of the city’s requirements to adhere to state public records laws and that “no government should be looking to narrowly apply the law.”

In short, the SEEC investigation saw the records requests were approached lawfully, Mayor Durkan agreed to that notion in her July 2nd letter, but now the city is countersuing the Seattle Times newspaper in response to the newspaper’s lawsuit alleging what’s already been discovered.

The City of Seattle, in their response to the suit filed against them, claims that the lawsuit “fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted”, that the “plaintiff’s claims are unripe”, and that the “plaintiff lacks standing.”

And the counterclaim filed by the city against the newspaper also seeks that the lawsuit be dropped against them and that the newspaper pays for the city’s legal costs:

“The City requests that the Court dismiss the Complaint with prejudice and without awarding any relief to Plaintiff, and that the Court award the City the costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees incurred in this lawsuit, in addition to any other available relief that the Court may deem equitable, just, and proper.”

It is certainly a bold legal strategy by the City of Seattle, time will tell whether or not the countersuit will work.

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In other news that relates to the fallout of the CHAZ/CHOP era in Seattle, the man accused of fatally shooting Horace Lorenzo Anderson near the former CHOP area was arrested earlier in July. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on this update regarding the case that shed much needed light on the issues that plagued Seattle last summer. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SEATTLE, WA- On Monday, July 12th, U.S. Marshals arrested a 19-year-old who is suspected of shooting and killing Horace Lorenzo Anderson near Seattle’s former “CHOP” Zone in June 2020.

According to authorities, the suspect, Marcel Long, was wanted by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for first-degree murder. Long was arrested while walking in Des Moines. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reportedly filed the charges against Long back in August 2020.

The charging documents stated that Long was seen on surveillance video approaching Anderson and pulled out a gun. He is then seen chasing Anderson, who ran away, and appears to shoot him. A day after the shooting, Long was identified as the suspected shooter.

However, detectives stated that he immediately fled the state. The charging documents stated:

“The defendant’s willingness to fire his weapon around crowds of people, in his effort to kill Lorenzo, demonstrates the severe danger to the community and risk of harm to others. His immediate flight also demonstrates his desire to avoid being held accountable for this crime.”

Reportedly, during their investigation, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force learned that Long was staying at an apartment complex in Des Moines.

Long was found walking along South 216the Street near 14th Avenue. He led law enforcement on a brief foot chase before being taken into custody. Long was booked into the King County jail with a bail set at $2 million.

Attorney Evan Oshan, who represents the estate of Anderson and his father, issued the following statement:

“We are grateful for law enforcement efforts for brining Long in. We do not feel like justice will be served solely by bringing him into custody. Justice will not be served until the parties involved in the Chop Zone fiasco have been brought to justice.

On behalf of Lorenzo’s estate and Horace Anderson [Lorezno’s father], we are committed to getting to the core of why this black, special needs 19 year old was left to die and bleed out on June 20th, 2020.”

Oshan added:

“This was a preventable and predictable death that occurred, we are holding city officials as well as the admin responsible. Including but not limited to, Mayor Jenny Durkan, various members of the Seattle city council, and others. Horace thanks god and all the law enforcement members involved in bringing Long in.”

Richard Craig, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, said in a statement:

“The U.S. Marshals Service and its task force partners will not tolerate such violence in our communities. We are committed to ensuring that dangerous fugitives are brought before the court. It is my sincere hope that this arrest brings some sense of calm to the community.”

Anderson was one of two teens killed in the armed occupation zone of Seattle on June 20th, 2020. Self-appointed activist “medics” took Anderson by private vehicle to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

First responders were unable to enter the area because violent occupiers would not allow Seattle police officers to enter the crime scene in order to secure it for medics to render life-saving assistance. 

There have still been no other arrests in the four other shootings that occurred in the CHOP zone, including the one that killed a 16-year-old and critically injured a 14-year-old. 

Back in June of 2021, the father of the slain teen was also the victim of a shooting in Seattle’s White Center neighborhood. Luckily, he survived, despite being shot in the face. 

On June 11th, 51-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson was in the area of 16th Avenue SW shortly before 4:00 p.m. when gunfire started going off. Anderson and one other were wounded, while two others were fatally shot during the incident. 

Anderson spoke with a local news outlet a day after the shooting, saying he doesn’t know what prompted the gunfire or who the assailants were targeting: 

“I got shot in the face (and) my jaw is broke so it’s hurting right now. I don’t even know who it was (but) I’m just glad to be alive. But they were shooting others.”

Witnesses to the June 11th shooting noted that it was a generally chaotic scene, rife with confusion as to where the shots were coming from specifically.

Investigators from the King County Sheriff’s Office noted that they are actively reviewing surveillance footage and are trying to track down the suspects involved in the shooting. 

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