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Seattle BLM activist arrested for arson and burglary

A 21-year-old BLM activist was arrested for arson and burglary, after she broke into seven homes in the affluent Leschi neighborhood of Seattle and attempted to light them on fire.

Ari Hoffman Seattle, WA
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A 21-year-old BLM activist was arrested Sunday afternoon for arson and burglary, after she broke into seven homes in the affluent Leschi neighborhood of Seattle and attempted to light them on fire. She was released the next day.

According to the Seattle Police Department "Police responded to the 100 block of Lake Washington Boulevard East to investigate a burglary-and-fire alarm at 3:15 PM. Officers arrived at the residence and found two small fires inside the kitchen. The Seattle Fire Department was called to extinguish the fires. Firefighters were dispatched to treat a woman just south of the scene of the fire."

"When officers responded to the location to assist firefighters, the women told officers she had broken into a total of seven homes in the area, broken windows, and set fires. Neighbors provided surveillance video to police, who were able to confirm the woman had broken into the homes, wandered around inside, and then set fires." She was arrested for arson and 3 counts of burglary.

The woman has been identified by AntifaWatch as Lisbeth De La Cruz Monegro. She is associated with the Morning March activist group in Seattle, which routinely blocks freeways and storms grocery stores to promote their message. Though Monegro was booked into King County Jail for investigation of arson and burglary, she was conditionally released the next day. Many concerned by the growing violence and crime in Seattle frequently criticize the city's "catch and release" justice system and the actions the Seattle City Council has taken to defund the Seattle Police Department.

The activist group appears to confirm the identity of Monegro and attempted to raise money for her, not for bail but "to support her upon her release."

Morning March advocates for abolishing the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Police Officer's Guild. The group has been present at several of the riots near the East Precinct in Capitol Hill and shown up to protest at the homes of elected officials at night.

The group has also accused any who write about them or post pictures of their activities of putting their lives at risk.

The group has become quite adept at playing the victim when their members have been arrested for violent behavior.

Like many of the Seattle activist groups, the Morning March's goal is not to reform the system but to destroy it. The group frequently celebrates attacks against police officers on their social media platforms.

Morning March has previously told The Post Millennial that "You can read about our side of the story through the history of SPD, KCSO, the police in general, systemic and institutional racism in Seattle. You can hear about our side of the story by coming to a march and experiencing it for yourself. You can hear about our side of the story by reading about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jonathan Price, Kurt Reinhold, Damien Daniels, Mi'Chance Dunlap-Gittens, Charleena Lyles, Eric Garner, Aiyana Stanley, Bettie Jones, Shalil Tilus, etc."

These efforts are supported by local officials who are planning to cut another 20 percent from the SPD budget for 2021, even though the police force is less than half of what it once was and crime is skyrocketing across the city.

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