Patrick Kindness, Seattle, Pike Market discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
Condition looks into why nobody seems to be going to jail. They say you've been harassing some of the businesses here. I'm gonna 15 months ago we caught up with Patrick Kindness who already had more than 100 convictions is when he pulled the knife out, flipped it open and started approaching me with it with, but court records show he pled guilty to intimidation with a weapon released after a couple weeks in jail. On Lee to be arrested three months later for allegedly assaulting three people at Pike Market immediately released from jail and is out of custody because of a court system that is hemorrhaging municipal court. Is not doing any out of custody arrangements where you can't start the whole criminal process until someone's been arraigned, and so we have to fix all parts of it. We checked since November. 525 cases of people being charged with a crime, sometimes violent, have not made their first appearance before a judge the arraignment. And are walking the streets, including one Patrick Kindness for the alleged assaults that Pike market nine months ago. Way have historic levels of backlogs at the King County Superior District and Seattle municipal courts for many reasons, including the need to social distance in jail, which means fewer inmates. Normal Creek. Overt backlog of felony cases that have been filed but not yet resolved. Hovered around 3000 were probably about 7000 when it could be 10,000 before we get back to work in the middle of the summer. The arrests aren't stopping. Judges say that jam up means people waiting to be arraigned are committing more crimes. This is what one judge saw just one day last week, probably close to it. 10 people who had felonies pending that they had been released on and yet they're still breaking into people's homes. Well, they're they're at in a political push, not to jail people accused of lesser misdemeanor crimes. What is the future of jails? I think we've learned particularly during this pandemic that there are an awful lot of folks who don't need to be in jail but are in jail. Also add in a long term money saving push. King County executive doubt Constantine to shut down the jail only to the most serious offenders. The pressure not to send people to jail right now is huge. I can't overstate the magnitude of the problem. We dismissed. We are prosecutor's office dismissed every non violence in the system. It would take a seniors to get through the violence is you gotta prosecutors only taking the most serious cases now, in a unique way. We do have AH formula. It's an algorithm that we've developed to make help us make the best decisions about which Of those hundreds and hundreds of potential cases we can file that we should file which may explain why protest ng Vandals even if they do serious property damage. They're breaking windows if they're being violent. They need to be held accountable may never see jail time in Seattle. Matt Markovich Cuomo News, then you won't want to miss this tomorrow night at 11 that looks into it effort to eliminate bail for nearly all misdemeanor crimes statewide. Hundreds of pieces of art from the Capitol Hill protest zone are now in a secret location and a legal battle is brewing between members of the group the plans to create a public display. Only comma was there is chop. Our board members started moving the art pieces out of a storage unit in west Seattle last night, but they were stopped by police..