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Seattle Hires Convicted Ex-Pimp For $150k To Be ‘Street Czar’

If you thought Seattle Mayo Durkan was done making horrendous decisions for her city, think again.

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If you thought Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was done making horrendous decisions for her city, think again. Durkan has hired Andrew Taylor as Seattle’s new “street czar” to “provide recommendations to the City on de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing.” Taylor’s organization Not This Time will reportedly be receiving $12,500 a month, in addition to an office in Seattle’s municipal Tower.

Taylor first moved to Seattle in 2016 after his brother was killed during a shooting involving the police. The Seattle Times quoted Taylor as saying he was “here to go to war.” Of course, Durkan hired someone with a years-long vendetta against the police to aid in “de-escalation.”

Taylor was highly active in the Seattle rallies and protests after the death of George Floyd, and “was later accused of trying to get millions from the city for militants who set up the controversial police-free Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone” according to the Seattle Times.

Taylor was quoted as advising activists, “Don’t just leave. Leave with something” as he was leading a demand of $2 million to vacate the downtown site. In a surprising twist, his fellow CHOP militants accused him of betrayal when he “appeared at a press conference with the mayor to tell them to shut down CHOP” get this, “the same day he was given his six-figure contract.”

As for his new role, Taylor said, “A street czar is a person who has a particular genius in a particular area. I know the term ‘street czar’ is quite provocative.” He himself devised the title in admiration of President Obama’s practice of designating ‘czars’ for roles while he was in the White House. “This should be a prominent position because it could help quell some of the incidents that are going on between community and cities” said Taylor.

Taylor’s “principled” past goes much further. In 2000, Taylor was sentenced to five years in prison in Las Vegas but only served just over a year for being a pimp; some of his girls were underage. Taylor’s story became the topic for the documentary “American Pimp” about his life as “Gorgeous Dre.”

“I was born from the streets; I come out of the deep darkness,” said Taylor in a YouTube video earlier this year. He bragged about having “had children with some of the women who were with me.” “We decided we were going to be in this subculture, like the Mafia, whether you liked it or not…We knew you considered us the waste of the world from the beginning. We didn’t care what you thought about us…just like I don’t care what you think about me now” he said on video.

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