- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2020

A Seattle City councilwoman who wants to loosen penalties for misdemeanor crimes and who voted to cut the police department’s budget by $80 million last month reportedly called 911 Friday after a man allegedly threw a rock at her living room window.

According to a police report obtained by My Northwest, Councilwoman Lisa Herbold told officers she was on the west side of her living room near the kitchen “when she heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot and dove into the kitchen for cover.”

Police said it turned out to be a rock hitting her living room window, My Northwest reported. A neighbor reportedly told police he saw a clean shaven, white male in a black hoodie and jeans leaving the scene.

Ms. Herbold told police her staff “has received anonymous phone threats recently, but nothing in particular that links the threats to today’s incident,” My Northwest reported.

On Nov. 23, Ms. Herbold voted with the council to cut the police budget by 18 percent, or roughly $80 million. She’s now proposing legislation that would allow a so-called poverty defense for many misdemeanor crimes, meaning suspects could be dismissed if they can show evidence of mental illness, substance abuse or if they can prove they committed the crime as a means to survive, like stealing food.

“It’s giving people an opportunity to tell their stories and giving judges and juries the opportunity to hear those stories and make a decision based on the values of our city,” Ms. Herbold told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Committee on Tuesday, Fox News reported.

In a statement to Fox News, Ms. Herbold pushed back on local news reports, saying, “There are no crimes that I am ‘effectively pushing to make legal.’”

Council members are expected to discuss her proposal again in January.

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