By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Seattle, WA – One of the most antagonistic leaders of Seattle’s “defund the police” movement wants special treatment from the police department after her home was vandalized with feces at least four times so far this month.
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 Rantz that 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 are arrested, KTTH reported.
Sawant 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.
This isn’t the first time the controversial councilwoman has taken out her frustrations on the police department and demanded special treatment from them.
In January of 2021, the socialist councilmember demanded that the city’s police force investigate threatening emails she allegedly received, even though she never reported them to the police department in the first place.
In a Jan. 18, 2021 letter to all of the city’s leadership, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant alleged that she’d been the recipient of “increasingly threatening” messages that appeared to be coming from a Seattle Fire Department email account.
Sawant said she’s grown accustomed to receiving threats since she was elected in 2013 and noted that most of them have been “racist, xenophobic, and misogynist,” but “not specific enough in nature to be taken as immediate threats to safety.”
“They have come with increased frequency recently, which is not surprising given the fury of the right wing at the role my office has played in the Black Lives Matter movement, other progressive movements, and the impact of socialist politics in Seattle,” her letter read.
Sawant said she began receiving threatening emails from a City of Seattle employee’s account on Dec. 17, 2020, demanding that she step down.
She included copies of the emails in her letter to city officials.
“After the actions of this Summer, I just don’t think you know what you are doing,” one message read. “I feel it best if you just leave town. If you know what’s good, you would know it’s time to go. If you need help leaving, try jumping head first off the top floor of your building. I’ll even come push you.”
Another message sent two days later warned her to “get out of this city or else,” according to Sawant.
“If you don’t willing[ly] leave, we will make that decision for you by any means necessary,” a Jan. 4, 2021 email read.
“The time is here, and you will not have a place after tomorrow council woman,” the alleged city employee said in another message on Jan. 18, 2021. “Announce your resignation now, or else.”
The city councilwoman said she received a message from Seattle Fire Department (SFD) Executive Director of Administration Helen Fitzpatrick on Dec. 31, 2020 telling her that the employee affiliated with the email account the threats came from claimed to have no knowledge of them and denied he sent them.
“How is it possible that these threatening emails have been allowed to continue?” she said in the letter. “If the employee is to be believed that he did not send the threatening emails, has there been no effort by the department to secure his account? Has the employee not so much as been asked to change his password? Why have no further steps been reported to me?”
“I hope that in fact real action has been taken, but these facts begin to strain credulity,” she added.
But it turned out that Sawant had failed to actually report the alleged “immediate threat” to the police department and the department only became aware of the emails after she lodged her very public allegations, KTTH reported.
The socialist councilwoman issued the demand for an investigation to the same police department she has been working to defund by 50 percent.