Jenny Durkan outraged that ‘summer of love’ has come to her doorstep…
(Liberty Headlines) Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Tuesday asked the City Council to investigate council member Kshama Sawant, accusing her of opening City Hall to protesters on June 9 and participating in a protest march to Durkan’s home on Sunday.
“She and organizers knew that my address was protected under the state confidentiality program because of threats against me due largely to my work as U.S. attorney,” Durkan wrote.
Sawant said she had not organized the march and wasn’t taking Durkan’s words personally, the Seattle Times reported.
“In reality, this is an attack on working people’s movements, and everything we are fighting for, by a corporate politician desperately looking to distract from her failures of leadership and politically bankrupt administration,” Sawant said in a statement.
Earlier this month Sawant and other council members called on the mayor to resign over what they called the Police Department’s militaristic response to protests. Durkan has said she will not resign.
“All of us have joined hundreds of demonstrations across the city,” Durkan wrote, “but Councilmember Sawant and her followers chose to do so with reckless disregard of the safety of my family and children.”
“I completely respect that any of us may disagree on policy issues, sometimes strongly,” the mayor wrote. “However, policy disagreements do not justify a council member who potentially uses their position in violation of law or who recklessly undermines the safety of others, all for political theatre.”
Durkan said last month on CNN that the sometimes violent occupants of the Capitol Hill protest zone could create a “summer of love.”
Seattle city crews used heavy equipment Tuesday to remove makeshift barriers around the city’s “occupied” protest zone following fatal shootings in the area.
Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last week, saying officials have been too tolerant of those who created the zone and that officials have deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue existing.
Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.