I listened to the June 23 Snohomish City Council meeting, where city attorney Grant Weed and sheriff’s Capt. Robert Palmer attempted to “whitewash” the May 31 debacle on First Street, hoping a gullible council and public would buy their explanation.
Captain Palmer’s rationale for the SWAT team’s civil disorder overreaction was based on an unverified social media post along with someone seeing three likely black individuals dressed in black hoodies at a parked car with Seattle license plates in Cady Park. Talk about “profiling”!
Apparently, city government and law enforcement recognize the rights of right-wing, gun-toting, beer-swilling extremists but wearing a black hoodie results in a massive show of force with a wink and a handshake to local vigilantes for occupying First Street. (According to a June 19th Seattle Times article “When antifa hysteria sweeps America,” the May 31 social media post “was actually run by white supremacists posing as antifa”).
The mayor and councilmen Larry Countryman and Steve Dana are conservative Republicans as is Sheriff Adam Fortney. Countryman in the June 16 council meeting blamed the Democratic Party for the debacle. Dana, a former weak mayor, denied in the June 23 meeting that Snohomish is a town of white privilege and believes Confederate symbols are not racist or hateful but are part of our history of Southern pride and heritage.
The mayor has been cozy with the rebel Stag barbershop and has benefitted from a Proud Boy member’s key support.
Yes, Mayor John Kartak and Fortney both deserve to be recalled for politicizing city government and law enforcement.