Seattle has earned the reputation of being too nice, too accommodating when it comes to anarchists.
So, unlike most major cities in the U.S., when May 1st rolls around, we allow our downtown area to be held hostage by a large collection of thugs wearing masks, throwing rocks, bottles and anything they can get their hands on at p0lice, buildings and other public and private property. All in the name of “punishing corporations.”
It’s time to stop tolerating this coward’s party. Yes, you’re mighty brave behind that black mask, hanging around a bunch of like-minded morons. Obviously mommy and daddy told you to be you, to be “the best anarchist you can be” and after a night of destruction, there’s probably a nice plate of milk and cookies waiting for you at home in your basement room.
As you might pick up, I’m done. I’m embarrassed. For as much as I like to brag about my adopted home town, when the 1st of May rolls around and Seattle tolerates this kind of destruction–when businesses have to close early out of fear what might happen to them or their employees–that’s nothing short than legitimized terrorism.
You have the absolute right to peacefully protest. This country was built on that right. Spraying buildings with graffiti, breaking out the windows of a news car, carrying a rifle into a crowd (yes, there was a guy that was interviewed on TV), ALL are not protected under the U.S. Constitution.
So, I have solutions. I have thoughts. I have ideas on how best to deal with this problem to greatly reduce the number of participants every year. See what you think.
1) Every police officer on duty that night wears camera vests. That way, when you’re arrested and taken to trial, we’ll have video proof of which crime you so boldly committed while wearing your mask.
2) Police snipers are set up where ever the crowd gets out of control. They take their position, armed only with paint guns and when they see someone break a window, the sharpshooter nails the perpetrator with a paint gun ball. He’s marked, police arrest anyone marked with paint gun stains, and we make the largest arrest of unruly protesters in May Day history.
3) Besides the sharp-shooters—more video cameras, to capture the broad scene for further prosecution.
You wouldn’t have to do this every year. One out of three. Or as needed. Once this happens in Seattle, like rats when their safe hangout is disrupted, these thugs will find another city to target. Although, I believe this model could prove effective for almost any city.
I’m all about peaceful protests. There were several of those in Seattle yesterday as part of May Dy. But being destructive for misguided reasons is NOT an excuse. We’re standing up to bullying in our schools. It’s time to take that cause to the streets.
Besides, threatening police lives should be a crime. In fact, I’m pretty sure it is.
My final suggestion. The parents of anyone arrested for causing damage to property will be invoiced for compensation. You turned out this gem of a human being, so you get to pay for them. Either that, or we bring out that mom from Baltimore and turn her loose for a couple of ass whoopin’s.
Mr. Mayor or Seattle Police, if you need any more suggestions, please reach me at my usual number.
Sign e up for paint gun patrol! I want my city back.
I love your ideas Tim and think they are totally fair. Let’s start with May Day 2016. It’s time to turn the tables.