Seattle residents were elated when Republican Ann Davison was willfully elected in November to serve as the next City Attorney. Davison ran on the promise to clean-up the city by prosecuting criminals, something Pete Holmes, the current progressive city attorney, refused to do. Holmes turned the justice system into a revolving door for criminals which plunged the city into a lawless den.
Now, the Seattle City Council is trying to interfere with Davison's capabilities of making the city safer and wrote a bill that would severely limit Davison's ability to make decisions and would require her to get approval from the progressive city council before prosecuting criminals.
Written and introduced by Council Member Andrew Lewis and sponsored by outgoing Council President Lorena Gonzalez, the legislation would require Davison when she takes office to report case data to the city council every quarter.
Davison would be required to submit data to the council that would include both the suspect and victim's racial and demographic information, housing status, employment, and income. The council would then get to determine which cases go to court or which cases get diverted into community programs, according to Seattle Times.
"In the over 100-year history of the City Attorney's Office, none of my male predecessors faced a single preemptive move by Council to establish additional reporting requirements and restrictions on operations in the two months before they took office," Davison said to council. "Nor did Council show any interest in scrutinizing the limited data provided by my predecessor."
Last week, Ann Davison reported that she will be entering into her new position with a backlog of 3,885 unfiled cases including assaults, domestic violence, and thefts. Police handed these cases over to Pete Holmes but they were never looked at by the lenient anti-prosecution prosecutor.
Lewis, the author of the bill, worked under Holmes before taking his seat on the council and has a history of releasing prolific offenders. In addition, Lewis has also been a strong proponent of the defund the police movement, a movement that has drastically backfired and helped get Davison elected.
When Antifa militants and Black Lives Matter activists rioted in Seattle following the death of George Floyd in 2020, Lewis boasted about being at the barricade on Twitter. Hundreds of Seattle police officers were injured during the riots.
The following day Lewis shared his support for the group on Twitter, Antifa and BLM overthrew a six block radius of the city to create the deadly Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Seattle PD was forced to vacate the East Precinct and only after many innocent people died in the CHAZ, including black minors, Mayor Jenny Durkan finally ordered SPD to dismantle the zone.
The Seattle City Council is set to vote on the legislation on Monday after rejecting Council Member Alex Pedersen's request to postpone the bill until Davison is sworn into office.