Mayor gets rocks thrown through his window after May Day demonstrations — Seattle

via Seattle PI. May 1:

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn had rocks thrown through windows at his home in Greenwood early Wednesday.

Police believe the same anarchist group that damaged several downtown buildings Tuesday is responsible. Officers did not immediately have a detailed suspect description and have not made arrests.

McGinn’s wife called 911 about 12:35 p.m. after being scared by glass breaking and finding a rock on the ground next to glass shards. She looked out and saw two people.

“Suspect #1 was looking at her and waved,” Officer Chris Anderson wrote in a police report. “The other individual was standing near suspect #1 but she was unable to describe the suspect. They both walked away southbound on Dayton Av N.”

McGinn’s wife then found a second window broken on the home’s west side, through that rock  broke through only the outer of two panes. The rocks were placed into evidence and police took several photos of the damage.

A police dog searched the area for suspects, but was unsuccessful. A neighbor’s surveillance cameras were not recording at the time, and additional evidence wasn’t found, according to the incident report.

McGinn has lived at the home for several years with his wife and their two children. He and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz are expected to discuss the vandalism and Tuesday’s violence at a noon news briefing.

This is the second time people angry with McGinn have come to his Greenwood home. On April 20, about 60 people gathered at Mayor Mike McGinn’s house to protest homeless people being evicted from The Jungle – an area under Interstate 5 where it’s illegal to camp.

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from Occupy Seattle, April 24:

Mayor McGinn and Deputy Mayor Address Operation Jungle Defense Protesters

By Aliana Bazara

Approximately 60 people gathered Friday evening in front of the Mayor’s house in Greenwood to protest the impending eviction of a homeless community in West Beacon Hill, known as The Jungle. The protest was organized by several Occupy activists and included residents (both homeless and non-homeless) of Beacon Hill, Wallingford, and Seattle. After 2 hours of talking, playing chess, eating, and sharing stories of why they were there, the crowd was greeted by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. A circle quickly formed around the officials, and deep conversations and questions began.

“When you break apart a community such as this one, forcing individuals to leave their support mechanisms and fend for themselves, you are creating even greater safety concerns,” said Ben Holden, resident of Beacon Hill.

The issue that no social services had been offered to these individuals prior to the eviction notice, was raises, and the Mayor responded saying that Fire Station 39 has been opened as a shelter and there is space at The Fry Hotel and City Hall Shelter.

Enoch Madison, a US Army veteran, homeless resident of, and spokesman for The Jungle, advised that 60-70% of the residents of The Jungle are Veterans who are already on long wait-lists for housing. “The shelters are not safe or clean. People there have lice and scabies. We’re not hurting anyone where we are (in The Jungle). Please, please, please, I am begging you, don’t kick us out.”

The Mayor defended the eviction, explaining that he had an obligation to keep the community safe and cited that a gun linked to a previous crime was found at the encampment recently. The crowd barked back, with shouts of “What community are you keeping safe?” Karen Studders, a lawyer and Occupy Wall Street activist asked the Mayor, “Would you evict the residents of Greenwood if a gun was found in this community?”

Studders poses an interesting question, a double standard that deserves investigation. Why should those that are homeless be considered more of a threat than those that have homes? As more and more Americans face unimagined poverty, the mindset of “us” versus “them” seems to be disappearing. The “middle class” is losing its status and seems to be realizing that they too, could face similar treatment.

The question and answer period continued for an hour and a half on the sidewalk of Dayton Ave. N. & N. 87th St., and went remarkably smooth as it was done in typical Occupy fashion. A stack was taken, points of process were called, and clarifying questions were asked.

The biggest question of the night remains unanswered. Will residents of the Jungle be forcibly removed? Receiving 3 different answers from the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, and the SPD standing by, the future is unclear. So activists exchanged information last night and agreed to be ready for an immediate response should an actual eviction take place.

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