Skip to comments.Federal Lawsuits Filed Against Seattle City Leaders Is How You Really Rage Against The Machine
Posted on 07/01/2020 6:04:25 PM PDT by jazusamo
The destructive behavior characterizing Seattles autonomous zone otherwise known as the CHOP and formerly known as the CHAZ is surely viewed through different lenses by the people occupying and doing the damage and those that legally live in the area and have been inconvenienced and menaced over the last month. That distinction has been highlighted recently by lawsuits filed against city leaders who, residents say, have failed to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people living near the CHAZ/CHOP. As a result of that, and the mendacity of Mayor Jenny Durkan, things seem to have turned a positive corner for law-abiding residents in Seattle. And the kids wielding paint and rage should really take the lesson.
Those lawsuits, one filed by business and property owners and the other a class action suit on behalf of residents in and around the occupied zone, should, in a perfect world, prove instructive to occupiers as they are forcibly removed from the area (31 people have been arrested thus far) and seeking an outlet to continue raging against the machine. In this country, protected as we are by the Constitution, one can legally and forcefully fight the power through the courts without destroying property, erasing the past, or committing murders .
The first lawsuit, filed roughly a week ago, represents more than a dozen business and property owners with interests in and around the Seattle autonomous zone, which takes up several blocks of the citys Capitol Hill neighborhood. They say their rights have been overrun by the city of Seattles unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood.
The second, filed by attorney Jacob Bozeman against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, is a class action lawsuit by residents arguing the zone violated the Constitutional rights of everyone who lives, works, or passes through the area.
Bozeman, who hasnt revealed the number of plaintiffs in his case, says the city and state leaders didnt just look the other way at the occupied zone they helped create and sustain it.
"To abdicate the authority to an unelected, unauthorized and armed group of people to decide who can come and go, who can be searched and seized, and under what portions of the city you can come and go from, for fear of physical retaliation against you, is unconstitutional," said Jacob Bozeman, the attorney who filed the lawsuit "This area, the police could not get to you and if you were in any kind of trouble your rights were not going to be able to be protected."
Of course it would be silly to suggest lawsuits are all it took to make Mayor Durkan see the light after she infamously disregarded the violence at the outset of the occupation by likening it to a potential summer of love (her order outlining unlawful assembly in the area is here ).
While the mayor did announce plans to disassemble the zone before protestors encircled her house Sunday, her official statements about the occupation as a free-spirited summer festival has certainly changed, now leaning on language that speaks to the protestors disregard for her safety and the safety of her family.
Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant joined a group of dozens of demonstrators gathered at Durkan's home who were holding signs, chanting, and demanding she leave the area alone or meet protesters' demands.
"Mayor Durkan and her family are in the state program to keep their address confidential because of the death threats mostly related to her work as Seattle's U.S. Attorney under President Obama," a statement from the mayor's office issued Sunday read. "Instead of working to make true change, Councilmember Sawant continues to choose political stunts. Tonight she did so without regard for the safety of the Mayor and her family. The Mayor was not even home she was working at City Hall. Seattle can and should peacefully demonstrate but should not put families and children at risk."
Oh, and Durkan wants socialist city council member Sawant investigated and possibly removed from her position.
Its certainly not lost on Seattle residents that Durkan could have been as forthcoming in consideration of their safety as she was of her own. And shes not likely to win back their support for shifting her support over the threat of legal action -- not the deaths of two teenagers, or the rampant lawlessness, or the abdication of responsibility for her residents lives and livelihoods, or the vengeance from the protestors but legal consequence in a federal lawsuit challenging her behavior as an elected official as unconstitutional.
And shell face political repercussions for that. And thats how you really speak truth to power, kids.
Any twit can be a mayor these days.
Attorneys throughout the Puget Sound must be salivating. Seldom does a slam-dunk like this one come along.
I’m sure after the hand picked lineral judge stops giggling, you will get due justice. Its now to the point of shotgun justice. Get 500 guys with semi auto shotguns and overthrow the local government....and string each of them up in the autonomous zone where there is no law!
Cool, but wont it be the taxpayers of Washington who have to foot the bill? Most Washingtonians are pretty decent.
sorry, the WA state GOP here is super weak...
Jay Dimslee sucks, but his potential GOP competitors are really fringe.
Each property owner should hire their own attorney on a contingency basis.
Let the lawsuits rain on the Seattle Mayor and City Council.
Let them spend the rest of their lives fighting off lawsuits.
That will get the attention of other lefty city officials around the country.
I’d like to see that Sawant idiot taken away in cuffs.
I agree and I just hope they can get to them personally in these suits.
Amen to that!
Yep, most of them are.
“The destructive behavior characterizing Seattles autonomous zone”
Are Indian reservations autonomous zones? Would some blacks like to have reservations set aside for them? We pay the Indian tribes a lot of money, don’t we? Reparations?
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“Most Washingtonians are pretty decent.
Yep, most of them are.”
I find that hard to believe considering who they perennially elect to most every elected office of consequence in the state.
Lots of Indians and Communist Chinese imported into the area by big tech. They can vote in non-Federal elections
Just like in many states, the predominantly liberal cities outvote the conservative towns.
Or at least the predominantly liberal election officials say they do.
Mayor, the First Amendment does not require that you give ANY sanctuary to occupy or damage property, obstruct the right away, etc. Maybe anyone running for government office, especially in a leadership position, should have to pass a test on the Constitution, at least on the Bill of Rights.
Seattle and a couple of outliers voted for the Governorness.
That and mail in voting......
Not so fast. Ordinarily, citizens do not have a right to competent government. Witness the case of a young Black man killed by an illegal who was released from county custody even tho said illegal had an immigration hold. The case was thrown out on demurer.
That comment is an affront to twits everywhere.
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