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Fighting for Downtown Seattle: Brawls, Drugs, and Public Urination as Tourists Arrive

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Downtown Seattle Brawl

I’m playing catch up on #Seattle news after being in Texas this past week on assignment. Saturday afternoon, I went straight to 3rd Ave & Pike St. Without fail, I witnessed drug deals happening on multiple corners, stolen items being sold on the streets, and an insane fight in front of tourists and children. Nothing has changed.

The best part of the day, some WOKE IDIOT tried to snatch my phone saying I should not record because, “these people are having a crisis.” She went on to do absolutely nothing to help the victim being beat up. Virtue signaling at its finest. Then some looney tune says, “whoop his ass next” after I asked bystanders to call the police.

We are living in a war zone and this city is still upside down. All moral values and human decency have been thrown out the window. If you come to downtown, you are on your own. People just look the other way. And Memorial Day weekend is just getting started. Good luck. BTW, still no sign of Councilmember Andrew Lewis (@CMAndrewJLewis) being out here for his district.

Fighting for Downtown Seattle

People are out this Memorial Day weekend in downtown #Seattle. Music is blaring and West Lake Park is packed. All positive signs for Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) and his Downtown Activation Plan. But the drug addicts are also walking around like zombies near 3rd Ave & Pike St. Dealers are preying on these lost souls.

Police emphasis patrols are happening on the regular. But it’s still not enough. The fentanyl addiction is so bad, everyone just moves around but comes right back once the officers leave. This unwanted ecosystem attracts crime and sketchy characters to the area.

When the sun goes down, it gets even crazier. I do not see how this vicious cycle changes before #Seattle hosts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July. Hope I’m wrong. @MLB

Total Disregard for Decency

Just a block away from #Seattle City Hall, this fella decides to whip it out and relieve himself in broad daylight, right in front of the SEIU 775 Benefits Group (@SEIU775BG) office building. Instead of tents or sleeping bags, some homeless people are just wrapping themselves in blankets and sleeping in the middle of busy sidewalks. This is all part of the urban decay.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.