Former Seattle mayor drafted a plan to transfer police station to Black Lives Matter

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In a clear illustration of the incompetence and actual danger of radical liberals holding office, it has been revealed that the then-mayor of Seattle was prepared to physically *give* a Seattle Police Department precinct building to a Black Lives Matter group during protests in 2020.

At the height of Seattle’s anti-police, anti-Trump “racial justice” protests, Jenny Durkan’s administration created legislation to hand over the East Precinct building to Black Lives Matter and moved to relocate the station’s operations elsewhere, newly released documents show. The multimillion-dollar property had become the focus of the June demonstrations.

Memos and a draft resolution were emailed by Calvin Goings, director of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), to Durkan on the afternoon of June 8, 2020, just as police were abandoning the East Precinct on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

The draft resolution called for the property to be transferred to Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and included an effective date of July 1. Durkan’s office proceeded to discuss the possible transaction with the nonprofit, which had expressed the desire to convert the building into a hub for public health and “community care.”

The proposal was emailed to the mayor after more than a week of clashes between police and protesters that the Durkan administration proved unable to control. “Good afternoon Mayor, Please see the attached documents as requested. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,” Goings wrote.

The preliminary arrangements for the East Precinct transfer were of conducted behind closed doors and concealed from journalists and residents. Texts about the matter sent among key officials, including Durkan and the police- and fire department chiefs, are missing.

The Seattle Times obtained the emails in January through a records request, and they are the only details that City Hall has publicly disclosed about the potential transfer. Durkan has since distanced herself from the idea, but the documents already figure in one lawsuit against the city brought by businesses and residents over the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP).

Police reoccupied the building on July 1, 2020, and the city did not end up giving it to Black Lives Matter.


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