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Thursday in the far-left city of Seattle, a now-arrested suspect reportedly threw a “flaming stick” into an occupied police cruiser, causing it to burst into flames.
The suspect “comes walking down the ally with a torch, screaming I’m gonna kill all you [n-words],” a witness later said to local station KIRO.
“And the next thing you know, he was running at the car with the torch,” another witness added.
According to a third witness, the suspect then tossed the “torch” into a police cruiser, causing it to become “engulfed in flames.”
“He lunged in, he ran and the driver’s seat was already in flames. I thought the officer was still in the car, the driver’s seat was on fire and then within minutes the car was engulfed in flames,” the unnamed witness said.
“All of a sudden the car blows, catches on fire. We’re like ‘oh snap.’ And then flames just started getting bigger and bigger,” another witness added.
The officer inside the vehicle then opened fire but missed. “Officers” meanwhile chased the man into a nearby parking garage, where they proceeded to subdue him with a stun gun and take him into custody, according to The Seattle Times.
“The man was arrested on investigation of assault and possibly arson. … The officer [inside the vehicle] suffered minor injuries to his leg and both hands,” the outlet reported.
Seattle PD has one in custody in the area of Dexter Av and John St after suspect set fire to a police vehicle while officers were inside. PIO is on scene.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) October 15, 2020
Witnesses had reportedly been concerned the cruiser would explode.
“Then the cop car started to burn even more, and I thought, ‘That might actually blow up,'” one witness said to the Times.
But all is well that ends well, right? Not exactly.
Thursday’s stunning arson attack occurred on the same day that KTTH journalist Jason Rantz reported that 118 police officers and counting have left the Seattle Police Department this year alone.
“In September alone, 39 officers left the force when the typical number for that month is between 5 and 7. Even new recruits are leaving. There are now only about 1,200 officers in service for the entire city, the lowest it’s been in a decade,” Rantz confirmed.
He warned though that even these numbers are “misleading” because numerous “officers are using their accrued sick time as they begin their escape to other agencies or wait for retirement.”
According to Rantz, the majority of resignations came “after the Seattle City Council embraced radical activists pushing to defund the police.”
“While council members either stayed quiet as criminal activists attempted to murder police or defended death threats, officers gave their notice. Some went to other departments, others retired. The downward trend is expected to continue.”
The exodus reportedly began in May, the same month that nationwide riots broke out over the controversial death of criminal suspect George Floyd.
The exodus also coincides with a dramatic spike in crime and a decision by the left-wing Seattle City Council to defund local law enforcement by $3 million.
The Seattle City Council overturned the veto to defund the police — and now there are serious consequences. Lost jobs, cut wages, and a lot more crime and homelessness. Watch my discussion this morning on FOX Business. pic.twitter.com/tXekkYANpQ
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 23, 2020
In August, city Mayor Jenny Durkan vetoed a Black Lives Matter-inspired bill proposed by the Seattle City Council that would cut the Seattle Police Department’s staff by 100 officers, eliminate an outreach program for the homeless and reduce officer pay.
A month later, the council overrode Durkan’s veto in honor of all the criminal suspects who’ve been killed — most of them arguably justifiably — by Seattle police officers in the past decade, and as an “investment” in “black and indigenous community members.”
“In my mind, the choice is clear. We owe our black and indigenous community members about 400 years of investments,” councilmember Tammy Morales reportedly said at the time.
She then read “names of all of the men and women killed by Seattle police officers over the last decade,” according to local station KOMO.
“When I look back in this moment in time, I want to be able to tell my daughter, who I’m currently holding in my arms, that I did the right thing, and that I voted on the right side of history,” council president Lorena Gonzalez reportedly added.
To this day, it’s not clear how pushing policies that betray the interests of local residents places Gonzales and her peers “on the right side of history.” In light of all that’s happening in Seattle, it’s even less clear today than it was last month.
Within the past couple of weeks …
A local police officer was bashed in the head with a bat:
— Nancy Reid (@eyewonit) September 24, 2020
Hoodlums commandeered the streets to perform doughnuts:
Seattle: Drivers doing doughnuts outside the Space Needle hit people. Police have not responded to the lawlessness. They are occupied with antifa rioters in Capitol Hill. #SeattleRiots pic.twitter.com/o1oBwEiAjM
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 27, 2020
And left-wing extremists rioted (again):
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 4, 2020
Welcome to Seattle …
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