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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Seattle city attorney denies legal crackdown on repeat offenders

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

Criminal activity is out of control

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes does our community a disservice by refusing to enforce sanctions against repeat offenders as requested by the Seattle Police Department. [“SPD request to crack down on ‘repeat offenders’ denied,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.]

My vision of Seattle is that of an attractive tourist destination that generates tax revenue to support city programs. Instead, our downtown tourist destinations are an embarrassing display of criminal activity.

My company has offices on both sides of Westlake Park, and every day I cringe as I walk through the crowds of people in the park. I regularly observe drug transactions. I’ve watched heartbreaking prostitution transactions, and I’ve been bumped into and stepped on by the regulars.

I am a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, but there is a difference between respecting civil rights and refusing to enforce legal sanctions.

The legacy of Mayor Mike McGinn and his administration is a seedy downtown whose criminal activity is truly out of control.

Cami Gearhart, Seattle

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