The above video is painful to watch and the assault of this young person is appalling.
If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem as can be witnessed by the cowardice of three male security officers who stood by as a pack of ghetto rats out for trouble assaulted and robbed a young lady.
Why did they rob her and beat her? Because she wears nice clothes and acts ‘white.’ There is something primordial about this sort of mentality.
These predators thugs must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and penalized accordingly.
As for the security guards who were doing what their agency told them and less, where is their sense of compassion? There is nothing that these guards or the security agency can say to excuse their inaction.
The City of Seattle should terminate this ‘do nothing’ agency immediately as they have no interest in securing the safety or lives of those they were hired to protect.
Not letting the city of Seattle off the hook, why are they hiring “security guards” instead of “armed transit police” in the first place? Do they not experience crime in their transit system, are they that out of touch or is it that they just do not care?
Furthermore, how can such a decision be effective in the end when they are leaving the door open to increased crime, the possible loss of life, not to mention litigation?
“A 15-year-old girl who was badly beaten and robbed in a Seattle bus tunnel as three unarmed security guards looked on told investigators that she thought the men would protect her.
The statements were revealed in court papers filed Wednesday against the teen girl accused of attacking her and the three young men accused of stealing her purse, phone and iPod. The four were all charged with first-degree robbery.
The victim told a King County sheriff’s detective that the group followed her from a nearby department store into the bus tunnel at Westlake Station on Jan. 28, and she deliberately stood next to the three guards.
The guards didn’t intervene, though. They have standing orders to ‘observe and report,’ so they called police but did nothing else as another 15-year-old girl punched and repeatedly kicked the victim in the head.
Government officials as well as executives at Olympic Security Services Inc., which employs the guards, are reviewing that protocol after the guards’ response was caught on surveillance video.
‘I went to the security and told them that these kids were trying to jump me,’ the girl said. ‘I know that I am about to get jumped and I am hanging around the guards to try and get protection. … I thought the security guards would defend me.’
The girl, who is black, also told the detective that the altercation began at a nearby department store, where some in the group made threatening comments that she had ‘nice things’ and that she acts ‘white.’
Two Seattle police officers noticed the escalating situation and kicked the group out of the Macy’s, then brought the girl and her friend to another exit, the victim said. She reported that she asked the officers for an escort to the bus tunnel, just below the department store, but the officers refused.”
It appears that after the fact everyone has an excuse while seeking to ease their conscience and justify their inaction. The truth is that no one gave a damn about the wellbeing of this young lady. Those in place to protect her could not be bothered and instead threw her to the wolves.
“Had these officers known what was to transpire, they probably would have paid for a cab for this victim to be taken safely to her home, but they didn’t know. They broke up a couple of disturbances and provided the victim an opportunity to leave the area via bus,’ said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman.
One of the defendants, Dominique Whitaker, told detectives that earlier in the evening the victim had pepper-sprayed another person in the group.”
It is called self-defense, you idiots.
From where this New Yorker sits, it certainly does seem that Seattle is to put it mildly, soft on crime. Some say that it’s a black and white thing. I don’t think it’s that simple.
Mellow Seattle: maybe too mellow on crime? (04/08/09)
“Danny Westneat’s Wednesday morning Seattle Timescolumn, documenting a new resident’s first-hand victimizations locally by crime and violence — and Seattle Police’s seeming indifference to same — no doubt will trigger a public debate about our local values. Where does tolerance end and public complacency begin?
Westneat’s newcomer is returning to the city from whence he came — yes, crime-ridden Detroit — where he feels safer, believe it or not.
What about public safety locally? I live in Belltown near the Sculpture Park. As does the man in Westneat’s column, I regularly see out-in-the-open drug dealing, especially in Steinbrueck Park near the Public Market, which police choose to overlook. Walking toward downtown, I always avoid Elliott and Western Avenues, where obvious bad actors regularly mingle among the day workers and harmless homeless in the neighborhood. Yesterday I saw a family of out-of-town tourists intimidated into providing a handout to three rough-looking panhandlers. Tuba Man was murdered a few blocks from where I live, while standing at a bus stop.
Public safety is government’s first responsibility. Yet, here, we seem not always to take it seriously. Former police chief Norm Stamper, nationally known for his permissive law enforcement, viewed WTO demonstrators, before the fact, as harmless flower children, although the demonstrators’ aims and tactics had been in prior evidence elsewhere. We affirmed laxer enforcement of local marijuana laws, although on-the-street officers will tell you the new upward limit of marijuana possession is ridiculously high. Hempfest is treated as a getting-high Seafair.
Are we too mellow or, putting it another way, unconcerned?”
Wake up Seattle, but in the meantime,
Security officers that do not report for work, sleep on the job or simply disappear during working hours is an invitation to trouble. Terminate Olympic Securities before someone is killed on their watch.
“In response to the attack, the King County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday began posting armed deputies at all five stations within the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, according to spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart.
Also Thursday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued a statement saying the city was exploring whether to use uniformed Seattle police officers to also patrol the tunnel until a longer-term solution is in place.
‘These new measures will assure transit customers of a police presence that meets their expectations for safety and security in the bus tunnel,’ said County Executive Dow Constantine.”
As for the parents of these attackers, the video speaks for itself. Wake up.
Message to the friends of these thugs, shame on you and be advised that you will be judged by the company you keep.
“While in court, two of the suspect’s friends told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Jeff Dubois the victim provoked their friend before attack….
Nicole Calvin said prior to the beating, the victim sprayed the group allegedly responsible for the incident with pepper spray for no reason.
Calvin said she wants anyone who watches the surveillance video to know the victim has done the same thing to her friend, the defendant.
‘It was a little bit absurd. It was wrong. But I feel like my friend has been pushed to a point. She’s been pushed to a point by (the victim),’ said Calvin. ‘She’s claiming to be a victim and she’s not. My friend has been through many altercations with her since 2008, and it comes to a conclusion where I feel like my friend got fed up with it,’ said Calvin.”