The Left and the media, predictably, are freaking out and throwing the usual buzzwords around. But the laws we have on the books are there for a reason. And the DOJ is considering which ones might apply to this situation.
Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan (in)famously stood back and permitted several blocks of Seattle’s downtown to declare itself an autonomous, lawless, pseudo-state. It became a defacto no-go zone for law enforcement.
Local residents were terrified.
Property damage was routine. Nearby businesses were attacked and police never came.
People were assaulted, robbed, raped, and even killed within that lawless zone. And the Mayor gave a stand-down order. So far, she’s not had to pay any price for her unique brand of ‘leadership’.
That may be about to change.
Another statute could bring federal charges on someone who obstructs law enforcement responding to unrest.
CNN and the New York Times confirmed the recommendation by Barr.
Two people on the call said Barr has asked whether charges could be brought on Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing people to create a police-free zone.
Barr said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court has determined the executive branch has ‘virtually unchecked discretion’ on whether to go ahead with a prosecution.
‘The power to execute and enforce the law is an executive function altogether,’ Barr said at an event in Washington celebrating the Constitution. ‘That means discretion is invested in the executive to determine when to exercise the prosecutorial power.’ —DailyMail
It was exactly this failure of leadership that caused Carmen Best to step down as Seattle’s Police Chief.