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Policeman Creates New Way to Battle Hate Crimes

The Trump inspired surge in Hate Crimes calls for new methods to combat the haters. This Officer has developed a new concept to both provide safe shelter to victims, as well as to increase reporting of hate crimes to the police.

The new weapon against hate crime

Two years ago, Seattle Police Officer Jim Ritter realized his city had a major problem. People weren’t reporting hate crimes.

He’d hear about them, anecdotally. Some were horrifying incidents. But they weren’t showing up on police reports.
“After determining most of these crimes were being committed in the commercial districts throughout the city, (I) had to sit down and figure out what are we going to do about this,” Ritter said.
He started a program called Safe Place. It’s a first-in-the-nation initiative that designates local businesses as a place where victims of hate crimes can shelter while waiting for the police to arrive.
It’s a simple concept based on something he remembered from his childhood — houses with stickers that signaled to kids walking to school that if something bad happened, they could knock on the door and get help.
Safe Place stickers identify businesses as places where hate crime victims can shelter while waiting for police.
Ritter designed a sticker — a police shield with the LGBT rainbow symbolism. It goes on the front of any business agreeing to call police if a victim of a hate crime comes inside looking for help.
“In this day of communications, everybody just assumes someone else is calling police and we can’t afford to have that happen anymore, neither can these victims,” Ritter said.
Ritter, who is gay, admitted that he never knew so much anti-LGBT crime was going unreported in his own city, where he’d worked as a cop for nearly four decades.
Now, Safe Place has become so popular, he can barely think about anything else.
Police departments across the country are calling, asking for help implementing his program in Cincinnati, Louisville, Birmingham, Durham, Baltimore, Honolulu, Columbus — and even in Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Most notably, the Orlando police launched Safe Place on the six-month anniversary of the Pulse Night Club massacre.
“I actually feel like I’m making a positive difference in society and not just going through the motions,” Ritter said. “I think the majority of police chiefs and administrators that contacted me said, ” Hey, Jim, we want to get this right, we don’t want to screw this up.”
He’s even working with the Department of Justice.
“You’ve got victims from all different kinds of minority communities that have the same thing happen to them. They are assaulted or victimized either because of who they are or who these suspects portray them to be.”
Here in Seattle, Ritter said two felony assault cases were reported from inside a Safe Place business within the program’s first week.
“One of those safe place locations, the witnesses were holding a suspect down when police arrived,” he said. And police immediately noticed an increase in the reporting of hate crimes.
“And that told me that it was starting to work as designed,” he said.
A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center says that hate groups are on the rise, and crimes against members of the LGBT community are up from last year….
 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Domestic terrorism

 

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5 (or more) People Shot In Seattle

During an anti-Trump demonstration.

Police are claiming the two are not connected…

At least 5 people shot in downtown Seattle, police say

Authorities say five people with gunshot wounds have been taken to a hospital after a shooting in downtown Seattle.

Seattle Police tweeted that officers are investigating the incident which took place Wednesday evening near Pine Street and Third Avenue.

The Seattle Fire Department said on Twitter that two of the five people shot have life-threatening injuries.

No further information was immediately available.

The report of the shooting came in around 6:50 p.m. when people were protesting Donald Trump, CBS affiliate KIRO reports. Police say the shooting is not related to the people who were protesting in downtown

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Second American Revolution

 

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Seattle Teacher March for Black Lives Matter

Wow!

A woman wearing a shirt with “Black Lives Matter” on Aug. 9, 2015, at the Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Mo., during a memorial service for Michael Brown Jr.

Seattle Teachers Plan Black Lives Matter Demonstration

About 1,000 teachers have united for the event, which is supported by the school district and the Seattle Parent Teacher Student Association. 

Teachers in the Seattle Public Schools district have planned a Black Lives Matter event next week to coincide with an effort by the school district to close the gap of opportunity between students of different races.

KIRO 7 reports that about 1,000 teachers have ordered Black Lives Matter T-shirts that will be worn Oct. 19 during an event called Black Lives Matter in the Seattle Public Schools, a move that is endorsed by Seattle Education Association, the labor organization that represents more than 5,500 educators.

Teachers at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary School took part in a similar event Sept. 16, wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts and hosting Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative, during which black men from the community welcomed kids to school. KIRO 7 reports that the event was almost canceled after the school received threats of violence, but the school staff decided to have the event anyway.

Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School, told KIRO 7 that the threat against John Muir was made by a white supremacist and that Seattle teachers responded by taking the event districtwide.

“I’m going to be promoting the concept that black lives matter and that my black students’ lives matter in my classroom, in the school district,” Hagopian said. “But I want my students to grapple with the issues that the Black Lives Matter movement has raised. And I want them to be able to understand the criticisms of the movement. … I want them to be able to come up with their own decision about what this movement really means.”

KIRO 7 asked Hagopian how he would respond to those who say, “All lives matter.”

“If all lives matter, then black lives would matter,” Hagopian said.

The Seattle Public Schools district respects the teachers’ right to express themselves. A district spokesperson told KIRO 7 that the T-shirts are a good visual, and they hope that the message inspires people to do the work of eliminating opportunity gaps, an effort the district itself is focused on. A campaign highlighting the district’s efforts is also planned for next week.

In addition to the district, the Seattle Parent Teacher Student Association has come out in support of the educators.

The event Oct. 19 will culminate in a rally featuring parents, students, activists and Grammy Award-winning artist Kimya Dawson in the evening.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Daily Racism

White folks wonder why black folks talk about racism. Perhaps because black folks are still so often subjected to it?

Black architect humiliated when Seattle bank refuses to believe her paycheck is real

Architect Trish Doolin was discriminated against by her bank (Facebook.com)

I know you think it looks good…But, please…Tone that lipstick down!

A black architect was questioned and humiliated on Wednesday when she attempted to deposit her paycheck into her account at a new bank. Bank personnel apparently refused to believe that the check was real.

Black Entertainment Television (BET) reported Friday on Trish Doolin, an architect who recently moved to take a job with Nelson, Inc. in Seattle.

Because she just arrived at the firm, her direct deposit had not been established, so Doolin drove to a branch of KeyBank to deposit her check in person. She deposited the check and then went about her business.

Hours later, she received a call from the bank asking her to return to the branch. A banker who BuzzFeed News identified as Thor Loberg escorted her to a cubicle and began to ask a number of probing questions.

“He asked my profession, and then asked why the company’s headquarters were in Philadelphia,” Doolin said. “Then he asked if HR could verify that I was an employee there.”

At no point did the bank representative ask for Doolin’s ID, she said, but called the company and when he couldn’t get anyone on the phone, told Doolin that KeyBank would have to hold her check for nine days while they “verified the funds.”

“When I realized that I was defending who I was, trying to prove to someone I didn’t know who I was, I knew I was being discriminated against,” Doolin told BuzzFeed. “It was just completely demeaning.”

At around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, Doolin called the bank and spoke to a woman who assured her that Loberg is “far from racist” and that he would have done the same to any customer.

In the end, the customer service representative released Doolin’s check into her account.

“She made sure to tell me that she was sorry that I was ‘having a bad day,’” Doolin said. “At the end of the conversation, she told me, ‘Go have a drink or something.’”

Doolin said the experience has left her raw and hurt.

“I live in a world where, no matter what’s in my brain or purse, no matter how I wear my hair, no matter how fabulous I look when I walk out the door, I’m still black,” she said. “People still clutch their purses when I walk past.”

She said she’s not sure how to tell her employer about the humiliating ordeal.

“When you’re black, you can’t go marching around saying, ‘I’ve been discriminated against.’” she told Tamerra Griffin at BuzzFeed. “It’s that silent pain. You can still hurt, but just don’t do it too loudly.”

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Federal Judge – “Black Lives Matter”

Gaining traction against the intractable…

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Federal Judge Declares “Black Lives Matter” From the Bench

U.S. District Judge James Robart held a dramatic hearing on Monday that began with a fierce rebuke of the Seattle police union’s refusal to address unconstitutional policing and closed with a declaration from the bench that “black lives matter.” Robart’s comment marks the first time a sitting federal judge has explicitly cited the nascent civil rights movement, though Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor hasechoed its calls to end police brutality and validated the demands for police reform.

Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, is presiding over a consent decree—a court-ordered settlement—between the Justice Department and Seattle reached in 2012. That agreement required the city to remedy unconstitutional practices at nearly every level of policing, from illegal stops to unreasonable and deadly use of force. Since then, Seattle’s chief of police Kathleen O’Toole has pushed the police force to adopt innovative and successful trainings on crisis intervention and bias-free policing. But further reforms are necessary to fulfill the consent decree’s requirements—and the police union has tethered its adoption of these reforms to pay raises and benefit increases.

In order to fulfill its legal obligation, Seattle attempted to reach a compromise with the police union this summer, offering a new contract that mixed the requisite reforms with wage hikes. The union overwhelmingly rejected the contract on the grounds that it did not sufficiently reward officers with more money and benefits in exchange for engaging in constitutional policing. According to the Seattle Times, it was this repudiation that pushed Robart to speak out so forcefully. In particular, the union appears resistant to adopt new standards and procedures regarding officer discipline and internal investigations, which Robart insists are vital to any sufficient reform.

“The court and the citizens of Seattle will not be held hostage for increased payments and benefits,” Robart said during Monday’s hearing. “I’m sure the entire city of Seattle would march behind me.”

After scolding the recalcitrant union, Robart noted that, nationwide, blacks represent 41 percent of police shooting victims—but only 20 percent of the overall population. He then said from the bench: “Black lives matter.” The remark drew an audible reaction from the audience.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Even the Birdies Love Bernie

In the middle of a massive rally in Seattle, a little bird decided to express approval…

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2016 in Democrat Primary

 

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Taxing Guns and Ammo…A “Gun Control” Strategy That Won’t Work

Making it more expensive to own or shoot a gun isn’t going to have any impact at all on folks who use guns to murder other folks. Cute idea by the Seattle City Council…

But utterly ineffectual from a prevention standpoint.

Right now, there is an ammunition “shortage”, with some of the most popular calibers such as the 22 round used by almost everyone for target shooting of paper targets or metal plates either being unavailable, or off the shelves entirely. As is usual in America in artificially induced “shortage” situations prices of a box of ammo have doubled and tripled. So hunters and target shooters are already paying 3 times what they were just a few years ago for ammo…And they are still clearing the shelves. One of my favorite “Varmint Elimination” rounds for down at the farm in the country has gone from an average of $8.00 a box of 50, to $18-20. Even the trusty 22 cal, I use for the occasional over aggressive Rat Tail Black Snake trying to set up residence in the house or barn has shot through the roof.

So how is paying $1.00 a round for 9mm ammunition going to prevent gangbangers and homegrown terrorists from buying bullets? The only thing this is setting up is a black market in selling “broken” boxes where some enterprising black market entrepreneur will start selling bullets by the half dozen for a 25% profit over the case price. Further, the profits from illegal drugs are so high…A small rise in prices can be absorbed by “the cost of doing business”.

I mean, admittedly there aren’t many legitimate uses for a gun in a major city – but people who want to buy (and use) guns and ammo will just drive outside the city limits to buy. My own state, Virginia gained a reputation a few years ago for being the principal supplier to guns for crime sin New York City. Admittedly the lax gun law of the time, which allowed anyone to buy 50 or 100 guns at a time didn’t help.

The only way to solve the “gun problem” in America – is some sensible restrictions aimed directly at the “loose” interpretation of the Second Amendment, and the NRA.

Want Fewer Murders? Tax Guns and Ammo

With a new national push to combat gun violence, the city of Seattle has begun to tax firearms and ammunition in an audaciously creative way to get around Second Amendment protections on guns. The tax has passed its first court test, signaling an approach that other municipalities could adopt, with a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city, two cents on every round of .22 caliber ammunition, and a 5-cent tax for every other round of ammunition.

The tax went into effect on January 1st after surviving a challenge from the NRA and other gun rights groups when King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Rubinson ruled in December that the city of Seattle has the “constitutional and legislative authority to impose taxes” – which, as she noted, is separate from the city’s ability to regulate guns.

City attorney Pete Holmes was initially surprised the NRA didn’t ask for a stay in the Judge’s ruling when filing its appeal Monday in state court.  If the NRA sought constitutional relief, they would have appealed in federal court. But, from a legal standpoint, this isn’t about the constitution. “Everybody assumes this is about the Second Amendment, but it’s not, and that’s the story,” Holmes told the Daily Beast in a telephone interview.

“No one is telling you that you can’t own or buy a gun,” says Holmes.  “We believe we are in a safe haven. We’re not regulating guns; we’re simply adding a tax.”

In Seattle, satisfying the Second Amendment is easier for gun safety advocates than clearing “State Preemption,” a legislative barrier that the National Rifle Association employs to block gun safety regulation in some three-dozen states, including Washington.  It’s a short statute the gun rights lobby writes and then muscles through state legislatures, says no other body, such as the municipal authorities in cities like Seattle, can regulate firearms. The NRA’s Institute of Legal Action (ILA) churns out the statutes and lawmakers in state after state are happy to oblige.

And with so many state legislatures wholly owned subsidiaries of the NRA, it’s an effective maneuver. Holmes says it was the undoing of an executive order issued two Seattle mayors ago banning firearms in city playgrounds and parks. The Court overturned the ban not under the Second Amendment but under State Preemption.

So it is a big deal in Seattle that this modest tax is in place, and that the money it generates will go toward compiling data about gun violence and putting targeted intervention programs in place.  After the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre of first-graders, Seattle funded a study that found people with gun shot wounds treated at Harbor View Hospital, the regional trauma center, are 30 percent more likely to return with another gunshot, or as a homicide victim.

The study was the first of its kind done by a city, and researchers found parallels with alcohol-related injuries in the early 1990’s. Spending 20-30 minutes with patients injured in such incidents before releasing them to talk about risk and their chances of being readmitted paid off in lower re-admittance rates….Read the rest here

 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Domestic terrorism, Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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