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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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  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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Florida Gov Signs Law Making It Illegal To Protest Outside An Individual’s Home

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On Monday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that makes it a crime to protest outside an individual’s home.

“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis said. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”

The law will go into effect on October 1, and once “this law takes effect, law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person picketing or protesting outside of a dwelling and will make arrests for residential picketing only if the person does not peaceably disperse after the warning. Residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor,” DeSantis’ office explained.

“It is unlawful for a person to picket or protest before or about the dwelling of any person with the intent to harass or disturb that person in his or her dwelling,” the text of the bill says. “Before a person may be arrested for a violation of this section, a law enforcement officer… or a local, state, federal, or military law enforcement agency must go as near to the person as may be done with safety and shall command any person picketing or protesting before or about the dwelling of a person to immediately and peaceably disperse. If any such person does not thereupon immediately and peaceably disperse, he or she may be arrested for a violation of this section.”

The new law comes in response to leftist protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices following the leak of a draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico.

“Roughly 100 protesters appeared outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house, where they carried signs and chanted slogans before walking a half-mile to Chief Justice John Roberts’s home, then back to Kavanaugh’s home, where police ordered them to leave the area,” The Washington Examiner reported last week.

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Pelosi Snaps When Asked About Baby Formula Shortage

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On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) snapped when asked about comments from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who criticized President Biden’s decision to send baby formula to the southern border as the United States suffers from a baby formula shortage.

“Joe Biden continues to put America LAST by shipping pallets of baby formula to the southern border as American families face empty shelves,” Stefanik wrote on Twitter. “This is unacceptable. American mothers and their babies shouldn’t suffer because of the #BidenBorderCrisis.”

Pelosi was asked about Stefanik’s comments during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“As usual, her statement is totally irresponsible,” Pelosi said. “Babies are crying. We need to get them food. And the president has — now what we’re doing this week in the Congress is, again, Bobby Scott, chair of the Education and Labor Committee, that’s the jurisdiction that will lower some of the regulations, et cetera, so that it’s easier to buy it… We must do something as quickly as possible, but as safely as possible, and use caution, for these babies. But we have to move quickly to do that. And part of this is, again, the supply chain issue.”

Stefanik responded to Pelosi on Twitter, writing: “As usual, your LEADERSHIP is totally irresponsible. Babies are crying. We need to get them food.”

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