A Seattle City Council socialist member who has pushed for police funding to be refunded is furious that police are not responding to reports of feces being thrown on her lawn.
Kshama Sawant, 49, wrote a letter to police after failing to examine six bags of human feces in her yard, along with threatening emails calling her “the queen of the ***,” according to Fox13 news.
Sawant led the Defund the Police protests in 2020, calling for a 50 percent cut in Seattle’s police budget.
The most recent bag of dirt was thrown on her property on Oct. 13 — the same day police closed the investigation. She said the actions are “politically motivated.”
“As a socialist councilor who has taken part in Black Lives Matter protests, I am told that my case of six threatening incidents involving human feces does not deserve even serious investigation, let alone protection,” the councilor wrote to police.
Seattle Police Department has been weakened as a result of awakening policies with about 400 officers having left since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to King5 News. The department reported 954 equipped officers in 2022 – the lowest in 30 years.
Socialist Kshama Sawant, 49, is furious with police for failing to respond to reports of feces being thrown into her yard after pushing for police to reverse funding
Police obtained photos on Oct. 13 of the man described by a witness as an Asian man, 1.75 meters tall.
Sawant said about six bags of human feces were thrown into the yard of her home near the Leschi neighborhood.
Seattle police obtained photos of the feces thrower on Oct. 13 – shortly after the suspect threw their last load and was confronted by a friend of Sawant’s.
Police did not identify Sawant in the press release, but referred to the Seattle City Councilman’s neighborhood and feces complaint.
The friend was able to take pictures of the suspect and identified him as a 1-foot-4-inch tall Asian man, according to police.
“The department takes incidents involving officials seriously, and investigators have searched for evidence, gathered information from witnesses and reviewed everything collected so far,” the police wrote in a statement.
“At this point, the department has found no evidence that this case would meet city or state standards for hate crime laws, but the SPD will follow available leads if new information becomes available.”
Sawant also criticized “right-wing media” in her letter to police for praising the attacks.
“Needless to say, it alarms the right-wing media, including a police-run website called [Law Officer]portrays these attacks on my home as justified against an elected representative who has the courage to criticize the police or try to hold them accountable.
“That is certainly a dangerous direction, especially if it is embraced by the police and supported de facto by the SPF leadership and the Democratic Party establishment in the city.”
Sawant has been a strong supporter of police defunding since 2020, when she pushed for a 50 percent cut in the police budget.
The Seattle City Council voted in the fall of 2020 and 2021 to punish the police. Pictured: June 2020 protesters outside the Seattle Police Department
The Seattle City Council voted to relieve the police in the fall of 2020 and 2021, and the police force has remained understaffed ever since.
As a result, the police announced in April that they would no longer investigate reports of sexual violence, according to an internal report.
Two members of the police have provided documentation to: KUOW showing that no sexual assault case involving an adult victim was assigned to a detective in the past month.
“The Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit does not investigate reports or cases of adult assault at all unless there has been an arrest,” said a source within the force.
Between January 2020 and December 2021, at least 339 Seattle police officers retired or resigned, The Wall Street Journal reported — noting that the city has an authorized force of 1,347, but only about 1,000 deployable officers.
Failure to investigate sexual assault cases is a new development, but problems within the Seattle police community have been brewing for years.
In September 2020, Carmen Best, the highly respected then-Seattle Police Chief, resigned just hours after the city council delivered on its promise to pass sweeping proposals that would cut roughly 100 officers and cut the department’s budget.
The 2021 police budget, which was approved in September 2020, has been cut by nearly $35.6 million, or nine percent, from 2019.
A year later, cuts were made again.
In November 2021, the city council voted 8-1 for a 2022 city budget that cuts police funding by more than $7 million.
Sawant voted against the budget and urged to cut 50 percent instead.