After bags of poop were hurled numerous times at the home of a Seattle official who led “Defund the Police” efforts, she demanded special treatment from the police department. That’s when she got a reality check.
Kshama Sawant, the socialist Seattle City Council member who led the charge to defund the police department, wanted law enforcement officers to protect her home in response to repeated acts of vandalism by individuals who were hurling “bags of poop” at her residence.
Despite leading efforts to defund the city’s police department in 2020, Sawant complained that police were dragging their feet on finding the culprit. Conservative commentator Jason Rantz initially reported that Sawant demanded that the police post officers outside her home from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until the suspect was arrested, according to multiple sources who spoke to Rantz on the condition of anonymity.
Rantz added that Sawant’s request came as the department is “dangerously understaffed, thanks to her efforts to defund and dismantle the department since 2020. The SPD has lost at least 135 officers this year — nearly 500 since 2020 — and cannot meet staffing minimums across any precinct and watch.”
According to Fox13, Sawant wrote a letter to officials claiming Seattle police were “failing to investigate” who threw bags of human feces into her yard six times. She added that one of these incidents was followed by a threatening email sent to her city council office, the station said, calling her “the queen of s**t” and saying, “you can sit on your throne of human excrement.”
Kshama Sawant, who is a member of Socialist Alternative, suspects the attacks are politically motivated, FOX 13 reported. She also claimed police were slow to respond, closing the investigation just five days after it began, the station said. Sawant added that after one bag of poop was thrown on her lawn, a police officer allegedly asked her husband, “What do you expect us to do?”
“As a socialist city councilmember who has participated in Black Lives Matter protests, I am being told that my case of six threatening incidents involving human excrement doesn’t merit even a serious investigation, let alone protection,” Sawant wrote to city officials, according to the station. However, with the city overburdened by the understaffing of its police department, Sawant was denied police resources to watch her home from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Instead, detectives on the case resorted to requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
“Friends of the victim were watching the home when the suspect threw a plastic bag, containing several individual bags of suspected human feces, into the yard,” police said. “The friends confronted the suspect and snapped multiple photos as he ran away. Witnesses described the suspect… as an Asian man, approximately 5-foot 4-inches tall.”
Sawant added that the controversy surrounding the thrown bags of poop “was apparently leaked to the right-wing media by Seattle Police,” the station said. “Needless to say, it is disturbing that right-wing media, including a police-run website named [Law Officer], portrays these attacks on my home as justified against an elected representative who has the temerity to criticize the police or attempt to hold them accountable,” she said.
According to the Post Millennial, “Sawant was one of the most vocal members of the defund the police movement in Seattle which led to hundreds of officers leaving the force. Following the defunding movement, crime skyrocketed, and the city is on track to beat last year’s record-high number of homicides. Rapes and assaults have also spiked. 911 response times have steadily climbed and many residents reported being placed on hold.”
This is not the first time the radical councilmember has asked for police protection. In December 2020 following the riots that rocked the city in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Sawant demanded police protection in response to threats. However, it was later revealed that Sawant had used the threats for publicity before contacting the Seattle police.