Over 40 officers have left the Seattle Police Department this year alone with many others threatening to “flee the force” over a total lack of support from city officials and the Mayor’s office.
According to Fox News, younger members of the department “don’t feel appreciated” in a region struggling with rising crime, rampant drug use, and an escalating homeless crisis that has local residents on edge
“Worker bees on the street, they don’t feel appreciated. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” an inside source told Fox.
“Less officers on the streets, less safe for the citizens — and when you have all these officers you have invested all this money in and they are leaving for Tacoma, Olympia, Pierce County and Snohomish County,” Seattle Police Officers Guild Vice President Richard O’Neill said.
“I have never seen the number of officers who are leaving and the way they are leaving,” he added.
Recent statistics show there are approximately 1,400 police officers patrolling the city.
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SEATTLE REVOLT: Amazon HALTS Expansion Plan Over ‘Homeless Tax’
Online retail giant Amazon paused its plan to build a 17-story high-rise office complex in the heart of Seattle Thursday, saying the city council’s new policy of taxing businesses to fight homelessness could derail the entire project.
The controversial legislation passed the Seattle City Council this week, placing a hefty tariff on large corporations to raise over $75 million to fight the region’s escalating homeless crisis and rising crime.
“I can confirm that pending the outcome of the head tax vote by City Council, Amazon has paused all construction planning on our Block 18 project in downtown Seattle and is evaluating options to sublease all space in our recently leased Rainer Square building,” said a spokesperson for Amazon.
The online giant employs over 40,000 workers in the Seattle area alone, and was planning to further increase its operations in the city until the council passed the “homeless tax.”
“The current reality on the streets of Seattle clearly shows the City Council’s approach to the biggest crisis facing our region has been inconsistent and ineffective,” said Seattle’s Chamber of Commerce.
REPORT: Seattle Mussels Test Positive for OPIOIDS
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.