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Burien Cops Threaten to Leave the City Over Handling of Homelessness Crisis

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Police Threaten Exodus

Burien cops threatening to leave the city over handling of the homeless camping ordinance and request to replace Chief Boe.

Meanwhile, some city leaders want their own loyal police force and now looking at ways to move on from contract with the King County Sheriff’s Office. In other words, Burien wants to get out from under Dow Constantine’s control. Other Mayors share similar sentiment and looking at how this plays out.

King County Stacking Community Meeting

The information war continues. Last month, Burien leaders held a press conference slamming Dow and Sheriff Patti-Cole Tindall for failing to enforce the camping ordinance. Monday evening, King County is stacking a community meeting with providers from the failed “housing first” and “harm reduction” community. These people believe in giving away apartments to chronically homeless and drug addicted individuals no strings attached. That means no requirements to find jobs or enter treatment. They also believe in meeting people where they are at by giving away drug supplies like needles and meth pipes, but will never intervene to get them off the streets.

Burien Mayor Blames King County Executive and Sheriff

In April, Burien Mayor Kevin Schilling blasted Constantine and Sheriff Cole-Tindall, accusing them of allowing the homeless drug crisis to get worse on his streets. Schilling also claims Cole-Tindall is refusing to return calls or meet in person.

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.