Do you want to know what liberal leadership does to a city over time?
Look no further than Seattle.
Amazon is temporarily removing workers from one of their downtown offices due to a wave of violent crime that has swept through the area.
The location near Third and Pine has seen several shootings, stabbings, and carjackings since late February.
Roughly 1,800 employees work for the office.
A spokesperson for Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell claims that the mayor is making public safety a priority:
“Mayor Harrell will continue to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety in collaboration with police and safety advocates, community members, service providers, and businesses, including Amazon, to activate, revitalize, and restore downtown for all.”
Amazon is temporarily removing workers from one of its downtown Seattle offices so employees don't have to travel to an area that's seen a spate of violent crimes. https://t.co/Y91nLgjPax
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) March 12, 2022
The Seattle Times has more on Amazon’s decision to move workers from the area:
Amazon.com is temporarily removing workers from a downtown Seattle office so employees don’t have to travel to an area that’s seen a spate of shootings, carjackings and other violent crimes.
“Given recent incidents near Third and Pine, we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere,” an Amazon spokesman said in an emailed statement. “We are hopeful that conditions will improve and that we will be able to bring employees back to this location when it is safe to do so.”
Downtown Seattle safety concerns:
Amazon is relocating up to 1800 employees at offices above the former Macy’s (300 Pine St) because of recent downtown violence.
— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) March 12, 2022
— Dina Bass (@dinabass) March 11, 2022
It comes after a wave of deadly shootings in the city’s downtown area, forcing police to set up a temporary precinct and patrol the area on bicycles https://t.co/D5ZHAQ7WxG
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 12, 2022
Here’s what the area near the Seattle Amazon office looked like on Friday night:
HAPPENING NOW: On this Fri night, I’m checking out the Macy’s building at the corner of 3rd and Pine in downtown Seattle since @amazon announced employees are bouncing due to all the insanity. Few blocks down near Union St, company’s fears are confirmed. Thank God for @SeattlePD pic.twitter.com/JCqs04JBfy
— Jonathan Choe Journalist (Seattle) (@choeshow) March 12, 2022
Amazon is temporarily relocating employees from its downtown Seattle office, following a rise in violent crime https://t.co/lBvZWOgHSY
— Insider Tech (@TechInsider) March 13, 2022
Business Insider has more details on the violent crime wave in the area:
According to information from the Seattle Police Department’s Twitter account, there have been at least three shootings, two stabbings, and one carjacking in the area since February 21.
“Mayor Harrell will continue to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety in collaboration with police and safety advocates, community members, service providers, and businesses, including Amazon, to activate, revitalize, and restore downtown for all,” a spokesperson for Mayor Bruce Harrell told KOMO News in a statement.
Insider’s Katherine Long recently reported that the Amazon workers behind the first union push have sent a list of demands, including higher wages and a more flexible attendance policy.
How bad is crime in Democrat-run Seattle?
Amazon, the city’s largest employer, is closing offices for the safety of their employees. https://t.co/AenD2taIYD
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) March 12, 2022