Seattle, WA – Seattle’s longest-serving councilmember and most outspoken leader of the movement to defund the police has asked the mayor to intervene and force the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to do more to investigate the vandalism at her home and test the samples of feces they’ve collected.
Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant’s home has been vandalized with poop at least four times so far in October.
The most recent incident occurred on Oct. 13 and is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) as a possible political or racial bias incident, according to Jason Rantz on KTTH.
It was unclear whether the excrement smeared on the anti-police councilwoman’s home was human or animal.
Multiple sources told Jason Rantz that the virulently anti-cop Sawant has demanded that Seattle police station officers outside her home from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on a daily basis until the vandals who have been smearing poop on her house are arrested, KTTH reported.
Sawant sent a letter to the Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, demanding that he intervene and force the police department to take her investigation seriously, Capitol Hill Seattle reported.
“I am writing to express my concern that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) is failing to investigate a series of disturbing incidents at my home,” the letter read. “Six times now, bags of human excrement have been thrown into my yard, most recently on Thursday, October 13th. The events seem likely to be politically motivated, given their targeted nature and repetition.”
“The material used in these repeated attacks is classified as biohazardous waste,” Sawant’s letter to the mayor continued. “The police informed me the material can’t be sent to their lab for further investigation due to its hazardous nature. That seems quite odd considering that hospital labs do tests on human fecal matter all the time, but it does speak to the danger of having it repeatedly thrown in one’s yard.”
“It does not help that on at least one occasion, our dogs got into one of the bags before we realized what had happened. We had to call the animal poison control hotline, not knowing what the material was,” the councilwoman explained in her outraged letter.
“Most concerning is the very high likelihood that this extreme and hostile behavior is politically motivated, and could turn into more serious and dangerous harassment,” she added.
Then the lawmaker who led the charged to defund the Seattle police complained that officers were taking her seriously, Capitol Hill Seattle reported.
“Unfortunately, it does not appear that the Seattle Police Department agrees that this is in any way a serious matter,” Sawant complained in her letter. “I was informed yesterday, just five days after an investigation was opened on October 13th, that the case is being inactivated and no longer pursued at this time. This was after my husband reported an earlier incident (the fourth) on October 8th, when SPD officers immediately asked him, ‘What do you expect us to do?’ and did not open an investigation.”
Sawant implied in her letter that there was a conspiracy behind the police department’s lack of interest in her poop plight, Capitol Hill Seattle wrote.
“There is obviously a glaring inconsistency between this approach and the way in which former Mayor Durkan, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest was held a short distance from her mansion, was provided with a 24-hour stakeout for a full year,” she wrote. “As a socialist City Councilmember who has participated in Black Lives Matter protests, I am being told that my case of six threatening incidents involving human excrement doesn’t merit even a serious investigation, let alone protection.”
The socialist councilwoman also complained that police had ignored a threatening email received by her city council office, Capitol Hill Seattle reported.
Sawant claimed that email called her “the queen of sh-t” and told her “you can sit on your throne of human excrement.”
She said her office reported that threat to the police but detectives failed to do basic follow-up like talking to her neighbors who had security cameras.
“We found out yesterday from our immediate neighbor — who has a security camera facing the area where the incidents occurred — that she was never contacted, though she’s happy to provide any footage requested,” Sawant told the mayor in her letter.
She claimed she knew who was vandalizing her house and had witnesses to the crime who had stopped the alleged vandal and questioned him on video, but claimed police never talked to the witnesses, Capitol Hill Seattle reported.
“We’re also now being told by the police that they won’t be posting the video or photo publicly in order to identify the person responsible, and that they will not make any further efforts to attempt to identify this person. We can understand the hesitation to post such a video, but don’t understand the failure to follow up generally in this matter. Most of all, it is outrageous that the police have decided to deactivate the investigation after having barely launched it,” Sawant’s complaint letter continued.
She also expressed outrage that the details of the investigation had been “apparently leaked to the right-wing media by Seattle Police.”
“A number of details included in the media could only have been provided by police,” the councilwoman accused. “This leak is no small matter because the right-wing articles now serve to encourage further attacks on me and my family. Already on social media there are a number of right-wing posts praising the throwing of feces in my yard and calling for more of the same, or worse.”
“This leak is a very serious matter, and I will be filing a complaint with the Office of Police Accountability,” she added.
Sawant’s letter went on to criticize the mayor and the chief of police for “the right-wing culture of the SPD,” Capitol Hill Seattle reported.
The councilwoman’s office has not responded for requests for comment and it was unclear whether her request for a security detail had been granted.
SPD would not confirm that the request had been made by Sawant, according to KTTH.