REPORT: DOJ declares New York, Portland and Seattle ‘anarchist jurisdictions,’ moves to cut federal funding

WASHINGTON (Washington Times) — The Justice Department on Monday declared New York, Portland and Seattle “anarchist jurisdictions,” the first step toward revoking federal funding from those cities.

President Trump earlier this month ordered federal agencies to look for ways to cut off federal funding in Democratic-led cities besieged by violence this summer. The Justice Department’s move escalates the criticism Mr. Trump has been leveling at Democrat leaders, blaming them for the rising crime and violence.

The list of cities is expected to be updated periodically, the Justice Department said.

Much of the crime and looting plaguing the cities has been on the rise since Memorial Day when George Floyd, a Black man, died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police.

In a statement, Attorney General William P. Barr said the three cities identified Monday “have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”

“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Mr. Barr said.

“We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens,” he said.

New York Attorney General Letita James said she was readying legal action, calling the designation an attempt by Mr. Trump to “scare the country’ into reelecting him.

“The president should be prepared to defend this illegal order in court, which hypocritically lays out the groundwork to defund New York and the very types of law enforcement President Trump pretends to care about,” she said. “We have beat the president and the illegal actions of his DOJ in court before and have no doubt we will beat them again.”

The Justice Department did not detail which federal funds would be cut from the cities. White House Budget Director Russell Vought is expected to issue guidance to federal agencies about withdrawing funds within the coming weeks.

Mr. Barr said a city can be named an “anarchist jurisdiction” if it forbids police from restoring order amid widespread violence; it has withdrawn law enforcement protection from a geographic area or prevented law enforcement from accessing a certain area; if it has defunded or removed power from the police; or refuses to accept assistance of federal law enforcement.

A city can also be added to the list under any other related factors deemed appropriate by the attorney general, he continued.

Representatives of the cities named by Mr. Barr did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Washington Times.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, earlier this month threatened to sue the Trump administration if it followed through with the funding cuts.

“I believe the president is fundamentally a bully, which I’ve said too many times, and I’ve known him very well for a very long period of time. It doesn’t work in New York because you can’t bully New Yorkers,” he said at the time. We just don’t get bullied. We don’t respond well to it, and I want to talk about facts.”

Mr. Cuomo said he is concerned about the rising crime in New York, but the issue is a local one, not a federal matter.

New York made the list because shootings were up 177 percent between July 2019 and July 2020, the Justice Department said. Amid the rising violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to cut $1 billion from the city’s police budget.

Portland was included because of its more than 100 consecutive nights of violence and protests since the Floyd death. Mayor Ted Wheeler has explicitly rejected federal help as the violence increases.

A skirmish between Trump supporters and Antifa activists last month led to the death of Aaron Danielson. A supporter for the right-wing Patriot Payer Group, Danielson was allegedly murdered by Michael Reinoehl, an Antifa activist killed by authorities days later.

The Portland City Council voted in June to slash its police department budget by at least $15 million.

Seattle, meanwhile, was listed because of its “autonomous zone,” a police-free six-block area in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Justice Department said.

Seattle voted in August to cut its police budget by roughly $3 million.

Law enforcement was barred from entering the territory where prison-related crime increased by 525 percent in June from the same period last year, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department offers funding to support local law enforcement and public safety activities to assist victims of crime, provide technical assistance and training to local police and conduct research.

The two main Justice Department grant agencies are the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office of Justice Programs, which are dedicated to bolstering local law enforcement resources.

It is not clear how much funding from those programs goes to the cities on Mr. Barr’s hit list or if other Justice Department funding programs, such as the Office on Violence Against Women, which doles out funds to combat domestic violence, could be impacted.


Jeff Mordock of The Washington Times contributed to the contents of this report.

TURNING RED? Seattle under fire as ultra-liberal companies blast city’s new ‘head tax’

Seattle, Wa. — A new tax aimed at forcing local businesses to pay for homeless services and affordable housing has caused even some of liberal Seattle’s most progressive companies to speak out in anger.

Starbucks and Amazon, both based in Seattle, are blasting the new tax, claiming they should not be forced to pay for city’s poor management of funds.

“The city does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending efficiency problem,” Drew Herdener, Amazon vice president, said in a statement. “We are highly uncertain whether the city council’s anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better.”

The tax, which was passed by the Seattle City Council on Monday, aims to tax businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker per year. The “head tax” is expected to raise about $48 million — which authorities say will be used for housing and homeless services.

“We have community members who are dying,” Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said before the vote. “They are dying on our streets today because there is not enough shelter.”

Seattle Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez responded harshly to Amazon’s criticism Tuesday, saying “their tone in this message that is clearly hostile toward the city council is not what I expect from a business who continues to tell us that they want to be a partner on these issues.”

But even uber-liberal Starbucks, a company that has made a name out of promoting leftist causes, has come out swinging against the tax, saying it has “no faith” that the city will utilize the funds to best serve the needs of the homeless.

“If they cannot provide a warm meal and safe bed to a 5-year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction,” Starbucks’ John Kelly said in a statement.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Seattle region had the third-highest number of homeless people in the U.S. in 2017, despite the city spending $68 million on combating homelessness last year.

A predominant cause of homelessness in the city, reports show, is drug use and government dependence.

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PIZZAGATE EXPOSED: Seattle mayor just the latest to be exposed in child sex crimes since Wikileaks reveal

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Wednesday after the left leaning mayor’s cousin came forward to allege that Murray had molested him as a child.

Murray makes the eleventh city mayor to be implicated in child sex crimes (http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/13/at-least-11-mayors-accused-of-child-sex-related-crimes-since-2016/) since Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy group run by Julian Assange, leaked a wealth of documents belonging to the DNC in 2016 that purported to show a connection between child sex rings and high ranking politicians in the Democratic party (https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/). The release, later to be known as PizzaGate, was eventually blamed in part for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican challenger Donald Trump.

Former Ohio mayor Richard Keenan, also a Democrat, was sentenced to life in prison last April after being convicted of raping a 4 year old girl. As reported by WFMJ (http://www.wfmj.com/story/35230216/former-hubbard-mayor-richard-keenan-receives-life-sentence-for-child-rape), Keenan avoided trial for his crimes after pleading guilty to eight charges of gross sexual imposition, eight charges of rape, and four of attempted rape. Despite his guilty plea, Keenan claimed no wrong doing in the matter as he insisted that the four year old child was a “willing participant” in her rape (https://patch.com/ohio/cleveland/former-hubbard-mayor-charged-rape-claims-child-was-willing-participant)

Christopher Wright, mayor of Dawson, Georgia, was arrested in March after prosecutors say he raped a 12 year old girl and forced her to perform oral sex on him (http://www.wtoc.com/story/31244361/dawson-mayor-implicated-in-molestation-of-12-year-old).

In August, Anthony Silva, then-mayor of Stockton, California and self proclaimed “champion for children”, was arrested after prosecutors alleged he provided children at a camp for under privileged kids with alcohol and recorded them playing a game of strip poker (http://abc13.com/news/prosecutor-mayor-gave-alcohol-to-teens-played-strip-poker/1457787/).

In a case very much similar to that of Seattle mayor Ed Murray, Stillwater, New York Mayor Rick Nelson also resigned earlier this month after being arrested for possession of child porn. Nelson also faced a wealth of other related charges including that of child rape and sodomy of a minor (http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Embattled-Stillwater-mayor-faced-past-rape-12168099.php).

The arrests are just the latest in a quite war the Trump administration is waging on child sex crime. Trump, who vowed during his campaign to do all he could to protect children from child sex crimes if elected, has ordered Justice Department officials to crack down on loopholes that had allowed child sex offenders to escape justice in administrations past.

Within the first two months of the Trump administration, more than 1,500 pedophiles had been taken into custody according to published reports (http://www.worldtribune.com/unreported-1500-pedophile-arrests-have-been-made-nationally-since-trump-took-office/). The need to protect children from sex trafficking is an issue that Trump has clearly been passionate about.

“Got to do something about these missing children grabbed by the perverts. Too many incidents – fast trial, death penalty,” Trump tweeted on October 8, 2012, years before announcing his candidacy

Despite that fact, the mainstream media has continued to ignore the arrests.

“This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news. Instead, the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?” Liz Crokin wrote for Townhall.com on Feb. 25 (https://townhall.com/columnists/lizcrokin/2017/02/25/why-the-msm-is-ignoring-trumps-sex-trafficking-busts-n2290379).

According to Unicef, An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of child sex rings each year (https://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_58005.html).

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BACKFIRE: VIOLENCE SURGES IN WAKE OF NEW SEATTLE GUN CONTROL LAW

SEATTLE, WA — A newly passed law in Seattle written to crack down on gun violence has backfired as violent crime continues to grip the city.

The law, which took effect on January 1, 2016, mandates a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and a separate tax of up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. Since it’s inception, gun violence in the city has surged and law abiding citizens have pulled back on purchasing of firearms to use for self defense due to the skyrocketing costs.

When pushing for the law to be passed, it’s author, Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess, suggested it’s implementation would generate between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. The money, claimed Burgess, would be used to study the root causes of gun violence in hopes of reducing the costs to taxpayers.

However, according to crime statistics published by the Seattle Police Department, when comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled (https://www.seattle.gov/police/information-and-data).

Further, on March 16, 2017, the Seattle Times reported that Seattle city leaders were reluctant to release data on the revenue generated by the city’s firearms and ammunition tax, citing taxpayer confidentiality concerns. It was later discovered, however, that the reason the city was less than forthcoming had little to do with confidentiality. A follow up report by The Seattle Times shows the money raised fell drastically short of the figure projected by Burgess (http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattles-gun-sale-tax-raised-under-200000-in-first-year/).

In addition to the negative impact on crime and the lack of revenue the tax has brought in to the city, small business owners say they, too, are feeling the heat.

Gun dealer Mike Coombs, owner of Outdoor Emporium, told Fox News that gun sales in his chain of stores have plummeted 60 percent (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/15/seattle-gun-tax-failure-firearm-sales-plummet-violence-spikes-after-law-passes.html). “I’ve had to lay off employees because of this,” Coombs said. “It’s hurting us, it’s hurting our employees.”

On August 24, 2015, NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Second Amendment Foundation filed suit in King County Superior Court to prevent the city from enforcing the new tax. The NRA’s complaint cited that the tax violates both the Second Amendment and Washington State law.

Washington’s firearms preemption statute also bars Seattle’s tax. Section 9.41.290 of the Revised Code of Washington states,

“The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components.

and,

Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.”

Despite NRA efforts, however, the law easily passed and now opponents say it’s the people who are suffering.

“All these gun control laws affect the wrong people,” says Dave Workman. “The gang bangers don’t go in and buy ammunition at retail, at least not around here. It certainly hasn’t stopped them from getting their hands on firearms.”

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SEATTLE FIRST U.S. CITY TO OFFER ‘SHOOT UP’ SUITES FOR HEROIN USERS; IS YOUR TOWN NEXT?

SEATTLE, WA — As the nation battles an epidemic the opiate addiction, one major U.S. city has decided that if you can’t beat them, join them.

Seattle heroin addicts will soon be able to legally shoot up heroin at supervised “safe space” facilities, complete with luxury surroundings, a full staff of medical experts on hand should the user choose to get a little too high and it’s all being paid for by, you guessed it, your tax dollars.

According to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the goal behind the project is to stop the spread of highly communicable diseases that tend to accompany heroin use, such as the HIV, which can be transmitted through the use of dirty needles.

A 40-member task force developed last year by the order of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine is in charge of the project, which supporters of say will help to save lives, but not all Washingtonians are in favor of the so called “shoot up suites” (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/seattle-could-be-first-city-to-give-heroin-users-safe-spaces/article/2622944).

“Toleration is not compassionate, it is a signal of defeat. We cannot give up on drug users. In the end, these sites will only distract us from getting resources into real, medically proven treatment options,” says Republican state Sen. Mark Miloscia, who proposed a bill to ban secure injection zones in Washington State.

John P. Walters, director of drug control policy in George W. Bush’s administration, echoed Miloscia’s comments in support of the bill and said the only way to stop a drug addict’s addiction to opiates is to curtail the addict’s access to the drug.

“Supporting addicts’ heroin use maintains their disease, administering the poison that causes their illness and diminishes their lives. A government-approved place for unlimited heroin injection creates the conditions for never-ending addiction and gives government a drug dealer’s power over the addicted,” Walters wrote in an op-ed. “We do not protect addicts by reviving them from overdose death only to return them to death’s front door, perpetuating the self-destructive cycle of addiction.”

The city of Vancouver, British Columbia has sponsored “safe spaces” for heroin users since 2013. Despite city officials’ claims that the shoot up suites have helped to save lives, a report from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General proves otherwise. According to data obtained from the report, drug overdose deaths have actually increased greatly since safe drug use zones were implemented (http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/illicit-drug.pdf).

The city of San Francisco recently announced that they too are looking into development of a similar project.

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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: SEATTLE CITY WORKERS GIVEN TIME OFF TO ATTEND ANTI-TRUMP RALLIES

SEATTLE, WA — The city of Seattle has passed a resolution that permits city workers time off to attend anti-Trump protests.

The resolution, which passed unanimously this week (https://seattle.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3029606&GUID=632BC851-1321-4A05-865F-48335990330C&Options=Advanced&Search=&FullText=1), declares May 1 a “Day of Action” in which all city employees are encouraged to attend a series of anti-Trump protests instead of reporting to work.

Drafted by Council member Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party, the mandate orders supervisors of city government departments to remind city workers that they can utilize the two days they receive per year for “days of faith and conscience,” to attend the planned event.

A statement released by Sawant’s office just before the vote read:

“I urge council members to approve this May Day resolution, which explicitly recognizes the right of city workers to take the day off and provides protection to city workers who may otherwise worry about retaliation. May Day has historically been an important day of action for worker and immigrant rights. It’s especially significant this year, with immigrants, working people, labor unions, women, and the LGBTQ community under attack from Donald Trump. If Seattle is truly a Sanctuary City that supports immigrants and working people, then it should lead the way by enabling City employees to stand in solidarity with immigrants and all workers on May 1.

Further, I call on everyone who opposes Trump’s bigoted, anti-worker agenda to participate in peaceful May Day activities, particularly the official May 1 Action Coalition march. Join our growing Resist Trump Coalition to actively organize and build the fightback against the billionaire class. Without workers’ mental and physical labor no business can make profits and none of the productive forces of the world can be harnessed.”

“It’s clear when we organize, mobilize and fight, and when we strike together we can win,” Sawant told her fellow members of city council just before voting took place.

“If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class,” Sawant told Seattle’s King5, an NBC affiliate, “then we will need disruptive action like shutting down airports, and shutting down highways.”

When reached for comment, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he supports the idea of Seattle city workers attending the May Day protests, but criticized Sawant’s calls to “fight”.

“I think it would be unfortunate and perhaps even tragic for an elected official to encourage people to confront and engage in confrontation with the police department,” Murray said of Sawant’s comments during a press conference.

Washington State Patrol Captain Ron Mead took it a step further, calling Sawant’s rhetoric “reckless and irresponsible.”

“It’s unsafe for both protesters and motorists alike, and we are simply not going to tolerate that unlawful behavior of trying to shut down the interstate or state highway systems,” he told local radio station KIRO.

While all city employees are eligible for the day off and encouraged to attend, the time taken off for the event will reportedly be unpaid. When asked who will cover the needs of the city as employees attend the protest, a spokesperson for city council replied, “no comment”.

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