Washington state’s Supreme Court said no on Thursday to an effort by Seattle residents to recall the city’s Democrat mayor, Jenny Durkan.
According to Fox News, a group of half a dozen progressive Seattleites had attempted to argue that Durkan is to blame “for the Seattle Police Department’s indiscriminate use of tear gas during weeks of protests against racial injustice and police brutality” prompted by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis cops. But the highest court in Washington state apparently wasn’t buying it.
The left-leaning group pushing for Durkan’s removal describes itself on its website as a “Capitol Hill-based organization of concerned Seattle citizens with BIPOC management, and LGBTQIA representation.”
“Some of us were flash-banged and teargassed during the police riots, and some of us watched in speechless horror via live-streams,” the group writes. “Our demand for accountability started that instant, when Mayor Durkan permitted such outrageous atrocities to happen against her own citizens.”
A member of the group, Elliott Harvey, said in a July statement that the mayor’s “abuses of power, lack of foresight and failure to protect the public — and the peace — in Seattle [leave] us with no choice.”
“This is exactly the kind of case a recall is intended to address,” he contended.
But the high court in Washington didn’t agree. In a unanimous decision Thursday, the court said while “the allegations in this case are deeply troubling,” they failed to meet the factual and legal standards required to warrant Durkan’s ouster.
“[A]fter carefully considering the issues presented, the court concludes that the recall charges presented in this case are factually and legally insufficient,” the court’s ruling reads, according to Fox.
Summer of lawlessness
Earlier this year, left-wing radicals forcibly took over a section of downtown Seattle and declared the area an “autonomous zone.” The area was frequently plagued by crime and violence and became the scene of multiple shootings, as Fox reported separately.
State and local law enforcement officers finally reclaimed the area on July 1 when they demolished a series of makeshift barriers and made over 30 arrests. “Our job is to support peaceful demonstration,” then-police chief Carmen Best said at the time, according to Fox, “but what has happened on these streets over the last few weeks is lawless and it’s brutal and bottom line it is simply unacceptable.”
Best subsequently resigned after Seattle’s city council voted to cut police funding, according to the local KING 5 news outlet — and it looks like this group of six Seattlites wanted to see Durkan meet the same fate. But while it certainly wouldn’t upset President Donald Trump and his supporters to see the Democrat mayor go, protecting Seattle’s citizens is Durkan’s job — even if she didn’t actually do it until much too late.