Fox News anchor Kelly, to her horror, recently learned of Seattle’s anti-racist initiatives, and was able to manufacture a controversy out of them five years after they were implemented. City Attorney Holmes didn’t find it too challenging to defend his work to reduce institutional racism.
“If we start to learn and understand that one of those institutional causes of racism is actually in the criminal justice system,” [Pete] Holmes said, “it’s our obligation as prosecutors to address it.”
Police Chief John Diaz supports the social justice initiative.
“We firmly and wholly support those programs,” Diaz said. “This is something that’s critical to how we run our department and this city.”
Sadly, Megyn Kelly isn’t the only one to find improved treatment of racial minorities and immigrants suspicious. Seattle Police Officer (but, interestingly, non-Seattle resident) Steve Pomper calls anyone who supports racial justice initiatives “the enemy.”
“The city, using its Race and Social Justice Initiative, continues its assault on traditional and constitutional American values such as self-reliance, equal justice, and individual liberty,” Pomper says. “But more to our concern, the city is inflicting its socialist policies directly on the Seattle Police Department.”
The staunchly anti-socialist Pomper is a member of the police union and is paid $96,696 a year by the tax payers, putting him in the top 20% of wage earners in the United States. Clearly, being encouraged to be less racist has caused him serious harm.
The “controversial” anti-racist initiatives include training to reduce racial profiling, reducing sentences for certain crimes by 1 day to avoid triggering automatic deportation for immigrants, and reducing prosecution for “driving with a suspended license in the third degree” (a nonviolent, non-repeat offender charge that was disproportionately leveled at Seattle’s minorities).
Driving with a suspended license in the third degree is almost always charged when a person’s license has been suspended for failure to pay a fine. City Attorney Pete Holmes says 44 percent of the people prosecuted were African American. …[H]is goal is to reduce prosecutions by 90 percent. (**blogger’s note: Blacks make up 10.7% of Seattle’s population)
…[Holmes is also] considering a one-day reduction in the minimum sentence for misdemeanor crimes so as to not trigger the deportation of legal immigrants convicted of crimes in the city. A 365-day suspended sentence automatically initiates immigration hearings for any immigrant. Reduce that by one day and immigrants are allowed to stay in the U.S.
Here is an article on this topic by a less adversarial source than Fox News: the Seattle Times.
And here is an article debunking some of the claims made in the video at the top.