Citizen Action Monitor

“What if Seattle is dying and we don’t even know it” – Ruination of Seattle exposed in shocking video

Seattle’s government in denial – City’s website ignores gravity of breakdown.

No 2474 Posted by fw, May 17, 2019

“Breaking News leads KOMO News @ 11 p.m. on May 15 as Seattle Police bust two crime rings. Ten people were arrested for allegedly selling hard-core drugs out of homeless encampments in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District with guns, knives, machetes and treasure trove of cellphones, watches and clothing confiscated. Two months earlier, KOMO News aired ‘Seattle is Dying,’ a 60-minute, commercial-free program chronicling the deleterious effects of drug use, crime, filth and debris in the heart of Seattle. … ‘Seattle is Dying’ got a remarkable response because it galvanized a movement in Seattle, one that can ignite change. The documentary was #1 in its television time period, and has been viewed more than six million times on KOMONews.com, YouTube and Facebook.”KOMO News

Reposted below is an embedded video of the documentary and a brief piece about the film’s impact. Alternatively, to watch the video and read the accompanying text, click on the following linked title.

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Commentary: ‘Seattle is Dying’ sparks reaction and action  by Bill Dallman, KOMO News, May 16, 2019

Breaking News leads KOMO News @ 11 p.m. on May 15 as Seattle Police bust two crime rings. Ten people were arrested for allegedly selling hard-core drugs out of homeless encampments in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District with guns, knives, machetes and treasure trove of cellphones, watches and clothing confiscated. Two months earlier, KOMO News aired “Seattle is Dying,” a 60-minute, commercial-free program chronicling the deleterious effects of drug use, crime, filth and debris in the heart of Seattle.

LINK: Seattle police bust drug rings in homeless camps

Coincidence?

Wednesday night’s sweep is the action business owners, citizens and many SPD officers have demanded. Consistently, people voiced a growing anger and resentment at community forums and Seattle City Council meetings. They spoke of real and collateral damage inflicted on all of us by current policies allowing encampments to fester. But some city of Seattle leaders and others affiliated with programs to assist with homelessness and drug addiction didn’t want to hear the crescendo of voices in and around “Seattle is Dying.”

Instead of watching and listening, many entrenched and invested in failing strategies chose to lash out at KOMO rather than adjusting approaches to the myriad of problems we exposed. Perhaps adjustments have been made? If so, we commend the pivot.

“Seattle is Dying” got a remarkable response because it galvanized a movement in Seattle, one that can ignite change. The documentary was #1 in its television time period, and has been viewed more than six million times on KOMONews.com, YouTube and Facebook. It’s a phenomenon because it’s real and because it’s a metaphorical kick to the gut. Tens of thousands of commenters thanked KOMO’s Eric Johnson for his bold, fearless reporting and he won’t stop nor will our reporters investigating these issues for “Project Seattle.” KOMO News will continue exposing truths, reporting facts and holding leaders accountable for the strategies they employ and the millions they spend.

KOMONews.com will stream a special ‘Seattle is Dying’ Town Hall on Tuesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. You can watch the Town Hall on KOMONews.com, Facebook and Twitter.

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Watch the 60-minute video that sparked public outrage, and, at long last, long-overdue reaction from the Seattle.gov.

Note: About 44-minutes into this video, Eric Johnson of KOMO News, reports from Providence, Rhode Island where he looks for answers to Seattle’s problems. And he thinks he may have found just what he was looking for – a bold step towards saving lives and cities — administered by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. At about the 57:09 mark, the storyline returns to Seattle for the concluding 3-minutes.

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