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Crime In Seattle Too Much for Amazon

The retail giant chose to relocate employees from its downtown Seattle office due to “rampant violent crime”

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Amazon chose to relocate employees from its downtown Seattle office due to “rampant violent crime,” according to a posting on theblaze.com. Amazon announced Friday that it would be relocating employees from its downtown Seattle office space this week over safety concerns, as rampant violence continues to plague the progressive northwestern city. In a statement to KOMO-TV, a spokesman for the global tech giant said that approximately 1,800 employees currently assigned to the 300 Pine St. building will be moved to an alternative office space for their safety.

“Given recent incidents near 3rd and Pine, we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere,” the statement said. “We are hopeful that conditions will improve and that we will be able to bring employees back to this location when it is safe to do so.” KOMO reported that in just the last few weeks, shootings have been common in this area of downtown. The sustained increase in violent crime reached a new apex on Mar. 2, when a 15-year-old boy, Michael Del Bianco, was shot and killed on 3rd Ave. and Pine St., not far from the location of Amazon’s office building. The location where Del Bianco was killed had already been the site of numerous crimes, including several deadly shootings, KSTU-TV reported.

Theblaze.com posting continues: “Following the shooting, the Seattle Police Department increased its presence in the area. The department deployed officers to patrol the area on bikes and even set up a mobile precinct to deter violence. But that apparently wasn’t enough for Amazon to stick around. According to Newsweek, several other companies with downtown offices have continued to allow employees to work remotely amid the crime spike.

There is hope, according to the politicians. “Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office said in a statement that the mayor “is working every day to make downtown a safe and thriving neighborhood for residents, workers, and businesses.” Safety may take a while, however, the mayor said. “While it will take time to reverse longstanding safety issues, Mayor Harrell’s early efforts are critical first steps to address crime and improve safety through dedicated SPD officers, a mobile SPD precinct, and additional environmental changes,” the statement to KOMO read. “Mayor Harrell will continue to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety in collaboration with police and safety advocates, community members, service providers, and businesses, including Amazon, to activate, revitalize, and restore downtown for all.”

The mayor’s words will likely ring hollow for residents, who have put up with a marked rise in crime since 2020. The city’s policies, which have often traded public safety for controversial progressive causes, have not been effective. “Earlier this year, the city announced that its police would no longer enforce certain non-criminal traffic violations due to racism and equity concerns.” Evidently, killings and other violent crimes do not rise to the favored stature equivalent to the “racism and equity” alchemy.

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7 Comments

  1. lute chute

    March 17, 2022 at 9:45 am

    This is a result of defunding police and having them stand down during violent BLM protest marches as if the Police were the enemy.. The police are there to protect ALL of the public yet politicians in Seattle directed them to allow looting, destruction and violence. Marches are only legal if they are non violent. Many BLM marches were not violent and especially in Seattle.
    So what did the expect?

  2. Mike

    March 17, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    These liberal morons blame their failed agendas on racism.
    Why are our jails over 90% filled with blacks ? They are the ones committing the crimes. Accept reality and shove your racism excuses where the sun doesn’t shine

  3. Rich

    March 17, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    I taught CAD./CAM classes for a company back in the 1990’s in that area of Seattle. It was a nice area with coffee shops and restaurants and quiet. Things change

  4. Bob Carter

    March 19, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    The same problem in BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA.

    So much flight from Birmingham that the school population has dropped to where the City schools have become 99%+ segregated and the school system has lost enough State funding some schools had to be closed. School system is being subsidized through City’s General Fund.

  5. katherine ayers

    March 21, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Seattle is home to more ‘preppies’ than live in most large cities. When the PC fad came around, it fit the mojo of those living in the region. “No one is bad if given a chance to prove it. We all should have equal Rights because we are all equal.” It’s nearly impossible to argue against those ideas. BUT, look what it’s got them……unpunished criminals with violent histories are on the streets continuing to do bad things. People are dying because of poor Leaders with ‘open minds’ and no common sense filling those minds. It’s a shame because Seattle was a terrific town when I lived in the region!

  6. Paul

    March 21, 2022 at 9:01 am

    welcome to socialism- you idiots tried to defund the police,allow criminals to control your neighborhoods, trying to take away the guns of law-abiding citizens- what did you expect?!?!?!

  7. Rocky Swearingen

    March 21, 2022 at 9:14 am

    The mayor is a pathetic leader and protector of the citizen . I would never visit the city , if his child got killed he would have done something long ago ,,,,,he’s a worthless subhuman

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