Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more ironically hilarious anecdote for how absolutely insane the progressive left has gotten than the story of Seattle Councilwoman Lisa Herbold.
Herbold, a champion of the most chic and trendy progressive policies amid BLM and “Defund the Police” hysteria, has been loudly advocating for cutting the Seattle Police Department budget and introducing legislation that would exempt criminals from misdemeanor offenses if they are “in need,” an addict, or mentally ill.
Last week, Herbold called the police on a misdemeanor offense on her home that, considering the culprit was not apprehended, could have easily been committed by a needy, mentally ill addict.
The next time someone asks you what the definition of “ironic” is, you can point to the personal life of Lisa Herbold.
The Post Millennial reports:
As first reported by police sources to the neighborhood safety group Safe Seattle, Council Member Lisa Herbold called 911 and requested the police for criminal damage done to her home, a crime that the council member is pushing to legalize.
Allegedly a man threw a rock through Herbold’s window. In a redacted police report, Herbold told responding officers that she “was on the west side of the living room near the kitchen when she heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot and dove into the kitchen for cover.”
A witness said he saw an “…unathletic and a bad runner” leaving the scene. The suspect was described as a clean shaven, white male in a black hoodie and jeans. The witnesses told officers that he would recognize the suspect if he saw him again, but declined the officer’s business card to contact him for follow up. Ironically, Herbold is pushing for legislation that would make the alleged crime legal.
Wait. Did Herbold just describe the perp as an unathletic and bad runner? That sounds like shaming and insensitive to me. If a high school or college coach used that description to say why they didn’t choose a person trying to make the team, he would be fired in this cancel culture.
Back in October, Herbold, chair of the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety Committee, introduced legislation that would “…excuse and dismiss” almost all misdemeanor offenses in the city of Seattle committed by “…persons with symptoms of addiction or mental disorder.”
She did this by trying to sneak her legislation in with part of the budget cycle rather than through the normal legislative process and with no public discussion about her proposal.
Last week, while formally discussing the legislation for the first time and now would like to add legal defense to the Seattle code that would provide for an affirmative defense from someone who committed a crime “…to meet a basic need to survive.”
If approved, this ordinance would effectively legalize almost all misdemeanor offenses committed in Seattle who could show not only a legitimate “need” to have committed the crime but also anyone with symptoms of addiction or mental disorder.
This would include nearly every crime below a felony save DUI or domestic violence.
Meanwhile, Herbold also recently voted to defund the police department she’d call to respond to a misdemeanor offense at her home just weeks later by an additional 18% in the 2021 budget.
She’s lucky this incident happened in 2020, before her legislation has passed, or there may not have been any personnel available to respond to her practically decriminalized misdemeanor offense.
Oh to be a Democrat today.