The U.S. Department of Justice listed Seattle among a group of what it’s labeling “anarchist jurisdictions” Monday, with the intent of withholding and redirecting federal funds over ongoing protests and clashes with police.
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“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Attorney General William Barr said in a written release. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance.”
This comes after a memorandum issued by President Trump in early September, which had ordered a review of cities like Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., and New York City to determine whether it would be appropriate to redirect federal funding away from them.
Seattle, Portland, and New York City eventually made it on AG Barr’s final list of so-called “anarchist jurisdictions,” with Washington, D.C., left off, despite frequent criticism President Trump has levied toward the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser.
Trump’s early-September memo specifically cited the formation of the CHOP in June as an example of Seattle leaders “endorsing lawlessness and taking of property.” Barr echoed that sentiment Monday, with the CHOP — and the ensuing violence that occurred within its borders — as the primary reason behind Seattle’s presence on his list.
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