A Seattle park that houses homeless people has become so dangerous that the Seattle Police Department will now be protecting Seattle Fire with a Rescue Task Force when they are forced to respond to life-threatening emergencies at the park. City Hall Park in Pioneer Square, also known as Courthouse Park, sits at the height of violence and criminal activity in the city.
Just last week, a homeless man with multiple priors, allegedly kicked a 67-year-old man’s dog to death during an attempted robbery in the park. The man was released from jail on his own recognizance the very next day.
In mid-May, the Seattle Fire Department parked within close proximity to City Hall Park when they were dispatched to treat a nearby patient. After locating the patient, an aggressive individual balled-up his fist and confronted one of the firefighters, threatening to assault him. An SFD Lieutenant was forced to call Fast-Back-Up which promoted a response by Seattle PD officers and King County Deputies, police documents show.
A few days later, Seattle PD responded with SFD to a report of a robbery at Hope Day Center across the street from City Hall Park. While one of the responding officer’s was parking an exceedingly hostile crowd surrounded him, trapping the officer in his vehicle. According to police documents, it took fifteen SPD officers to extract the officer and the vehicle from the crowd.
On June 1, SPD responded to reports of a male suspect throwing rocks and chasing a woman passing by the taxpayer funded park. According to police documents, a woman got out of her car to pay for parking when she was grabbed by an unknown male from the park encampment. She was able to flee to safety and call 911 as she hid in her vehicle.
The Post Millennial obtained an email from a source within the Seattle Police Department that was sent by a captain informing the West Precinct of the updated response protocols at City Hall Park. According to the email detailing the new response protocols, "Seattle PD is now required to dispatch a minimum of three officers and a Sergeant to all responses at City Hall Park."
"The Seattle Fire Department will request an automatic response from SPD whenever they are forced to respond to individuals requiring medical assistance in and around City Hall Park. The Fire Alarm Center will ask the caller to bring the patient out of the park and over to one of the Courthouse entrances."
According to the email, "If the patient cannot be brought out of the park or they are reportedly experiencing a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention then the SPD/SFD contingent may act similar to a Rescue Task Force with the SPD personnel forming a perimeter around their SFD counterparts and the group will advance towards their patient. The SFD personnel will attempt to perform whatever actions are deemed necessary to stabilize the person and then move them to an awaiting Aid Car which can relocate to an removed from the park."
"If the SPD/SFD encounters hostile persons in the park that cannot be safely and effectively addressed by the officers then the contingent will tactically withdraw back to a safe location and reevaluate the response," the email stated.