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ILLNESS IN SEATTLE: Police Officer Sues City for $10 MILLION for Exposure to ‘Toxins’ at Homeless Camp

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.20.19

A Seattle Police Officer filed a lawsuit against the city this week; claiming he was exposed to “toxins” and other hazardous material while cleaning up a homeless camp in an industrial park.

“Timothy Gifford claims he was exposed to high concentrations of the toxic chemical compounds polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs) that were once widely used in electrical equipment such as capacitors and transformers, according to The Seattle Times,” reports Fox News. “Gifford says the exposure worsened a lifelong liver condition, causing him to be diagnosed with early-onset Type 2 diabetes.”

“The exposure to these toxins damaged his already susceptible liver even further,” his lawyer said

The City of Seattle now spends more than $100,000 per homeless person as the region struggles to clampdown on widespread crime and drug use.

“The richest man in America calls Seattle home. So do thousands of others who are forced onto the streets because they are too poor, too addicted or too detached from reality. At night, the city’s homeless sleep wherever they can — in tents crammed in parking garages, in parks or under highway overpasses. Some feel victimized by a society that has moved on without them,” reports Fox News.

“Like Los AngelesSan Francisco and Portland, Ore., Seattle’s homeless crisis didn’t happen overnight. Little by little, the city has succumbed to skyrocketing housing prices, rampant drug use and progressive policies that have made it easy for people to openly feed their addictions and commit crimes and that have made it hard for the mentally ill to get treatment,” adds Fox.

Read the full report here.

HOMELESS IN SEATTLE: City Now Spending $100,000 per Homeless Person, Crisis Getting Worse

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.22.19

The homeless crisis impacting the West Coast of the United States has grown even worse in recent months, with Seattle now spending upwards of $100,000 per person to combat the epidemic.

“The richest man in America calls Seattle home. So do thousands of others who are forced onto the streets because they are too poor, too addicted or too detached from reality. At night, the city’s homeless sleep wherever they can — in tents crammed in parking garages, in parks or under highway overpasses. Some feel victimized by a society that has moved on without them,” reports Fox News.

“Like Los AngelesSan Francisco and Portland, Ore., Seattle’s homeless crisis didn’t happen overnight. Little by little, the city has succumbed to skyrocketing housing prices, rampant drug use and progressive policies that have made it easy for people to openly feed their addictions and commit crimes and that have made it hard for the mentally ill to get treatment,” adds Fox.

Seattle currently spends more than $1 billion per year to combat the escalating homeless crisis; that’s about $100,000 for every transient person in the county.

“You’ve lost all credibility when you say those two words — call 9-1-1,” said one local woman at a town hall event. “Do you understand that the police have told us to vote you all out so that they can do their jobs… and you’re telling us to call 9-1-1?”

Read the full report at Fox News.

REPORT: Seattle Mussels Test Positive for OPIOIDS

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.25.18

The west coast of the United States -and other communities across the country- continue to struggle with the devastating impact of opioid addiction, with the problem so bad the region’s mussel population is now testing positive for the substance.

According to CBS News, scientists from the Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife are claiming that local varieties of mussels now contain traces of opioids as the drug’s “flow downstream” is starting to impact aquatic life.

“Since mussels are ‘filter feeders,’ they absorb contaminants from their environment into their tissues in a concentrated way.  Scientists used cages to transplant clean mussels from an aquaculture source on Whidbey Island to 18 urbanized locations around Puget Sound. Several months later, they pulled those previously uncontaminated mussels back out of the urban waters and, together with the Puget Sound Institute, tested them again,” writes CBS.

The mussels tested positive in three of the 18 locations.

The President vowed to crackdown on the nation’s escalating crisis of addiction earlier this year, vowing to increase penalties for drug dealers and smugglers.

“If we don’t get tougher on drug dealers, we are wasting our time … and that toughness includes the death penalty,” Trump said.

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