- An unapologetic socialist, the Indian American claimed that the feces attacks were politically motivated and accused police of deliberately ignoring pleas for help and calls for an investigation.
Seattle’s Socialist Council Member Kashama Sawant has accused the city police of not responding to a series of feces attacks on her house. The Indian American lawmaker said her residence has been targeted multiple times this month, with an unknown suspect throwing plastic bags filled with human excrement into her yard between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
According to a report in mynorthwest.com, “friends of Sawant reportedly confronted the suspect and snapped multiple photos as he ran away. Witnesses described the suspect, as an Asian man, approximately 5-feet-4 inches tall.”
Sawant claimed that the Seattle Police Department was “failing to investigate” six incidents in which the human excrement was tossed into her yard located in the city’s Leschi neighborhood.
The police, however, say that they did not find any evidence this case would meet the city or state standards for hate crime laws.
“As a socialist City Councilmember who has participated in Black Lives Matter protests, I am being told that my case of six threatening incidents involving human excrement doesn’t merit even a serious investigation, let alone protection,” Sawant reportedly wrote to city officials.
Sawant, according to news reports, claimed that when her husband informed the police about the fourth attack on Oct. 8, they responded, “What do you expect us to do?” and did not open an investigation.
According to reports, in a letter to the police and city officials, she wrote: “The material used in these repeated attacks is classified as biohazardous waste. The police informed me the material can’t be sent to their lab for further investigation due to its hazardous nature. That seems quite odd considering that hospital labs do tests on human fecal matter all the time, but it does speak to the danger of having it repeatedly thrown in one’s yard.”
Alluding to previous attacks on her, she added in the letter: “Most concerning is the very high likelihood that this extreme and hostile behavior is politically motivated, and could turn into more serious and dangerous harassment.”
But according to a New York Post report quoting a local outlet, one of the incidents was accompanied by a threatening email sent to Sawant’s office, in which someone called her “the queen of s–t” and invited her to “sit on your throne of human excrement.”
The council member, according to a local TV station, said that the police refused to put a police detail in front of her house for protection. She also accused the police of double standards saying the city Mayor Jenny Durkan was provided with a 24-hour stakeout for a full year after “a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest” was held a short distance from her mansion.”
The whole controversy appears to be a result of an intra-progressive conflict. Savant blamed Seattle’s “Democratic Party establishment” for supporting the police department’s purported apathy, according to the Post.
Sawant’s supporters feel that the police’s apathy has to do with her support for the Defund the Police movement and her call for cutting the department’s budget by $85 million in 2020.
According to The Seattle Times, “As a socialist and the furthest political outlier on the council, Sawant has faced opposition from the community ranging from a failed recall attempt in 2021 to death threats during the first months of her time on the council in 2014 and as recently as last winter.”
Last year, Sawant beat back a recall effort to oust her from office. She narrowly defeated the move claiming 50.4% of the vote, with a margin of only 306 in the 41,000 votes counted. Sawant, who often picked fights with Seattle’s largest investor and employer Amazon, blames the right-wing interest groups and big business for the recall effort.
A former software engineer, Sawant was born in Pune, India.