Seattle city councilwoman calls police to investigate crime she wants to legalize

Seattle city councilwoman calls police to investigate crime she wants to legalize

Police officers look on at protesters in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

 

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UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Monday, December 21, 2020

One of Seattle’s fiercest advocates for defunding the police was forced to defend her policies after calling 9-1-1 to report an incident at her home.

According to a recently redacted police report, city councilwoman Lisa Herbold called the police earlier this month to report that someone had thrown a rock through her living room window. She claimed that she was near her kitchen when she heard a noise, which she referred to as a “gunshot.” She said that this noise forced her to “dive into the kitchen for cover.”

This incident comes as the city council moves to pass legislation effectively making misdemeanors, like throwing a rock through a window, legal if the suspect can employ the so-called poverty defense.

The poverty defense gives considerations to criminals if they claim their mental illness, drug use or financial status had an impact on their decision to commit a crime.

If the new policy were to be enacted, the incident that Herbold reported could be promptly dismissed by a judge.

Herbold claimed her office has received a number of threats this past year amid the reform efforts, but admitted it was unlikely this incident was related.

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