June 9, 2021 at 5:26 pm #1007903
Today at about 3PM I was waiting for the bus at Alaska and California, and that psychotic guy who haunts that intersection tossed over trash bins and started attacking black men. The men weren’t bothering him in any way, yet he threw a chair at one and confronted another, both in the middle of the intersection, stopping traffic. No police ever appeared. This kind of behavior by that insane guy has been happening in that block for years (I lived there for 13 years). Is there nothing that anyone can do to get that guy some help or institionalize him? He is a scar on the Junction and now is attacking others during the day. It will only get worse. The black men who were attacked evidently didn’t call the police. Guess why? This is bad!June 12, 2021 at 10:33 pm #1008206
There were four SPD cars there, talking to the man, when I drove by later. We need to stop putting out disinformation about the police. You could have called the police yourself, right?June 13, 2021 at 6:54 pm #1008332
“Scar on the junction” seems a bit dramatic to me. What have you done to remedy the situation? Have you made any calls, talked to the police, the junction association, mental health agencies?
“If not you, who? If not now, when?”June 13, 2021 at 7:48 pm #1008337
Yes, I could have called to police, and have done so many times in the 13 years I lived at the Junction. In my experience, unless you are a victim, the police aren’t especially interested in your report. Basically I became immune to the troubles at the Junction. I have great respect for the police and great sympathy for people with mental illness, but I simply got worn down and moved away. The Junction Association has no power over the violence at the Junction. I have communicated with them. “aa” and “tjd”, it’s easy for you to point a finger at me. But, why don’t you try living at the Junction for a while? You might understand. As much as I love new bike paths and green belts, at a certain point we need to fund a street force of people trained to properly deal with people with mental illness, and stop expecting the police to be everything to everybody and every situation.June 14, 2021 at 10:28 am #1008378
I was just boarding the bus when this occurred. My input would not have been helpful. I didn’t mean to disrespect the police in any way. I have called them several times and the association too, so unless you lived in the Junction for 13 years as I did and seen this situation worsening every year, please don’t point your fingers at me.June 14, 2021 at 11:16 pm #1008424
Fingers are pointed at you because you’re the one who wrote the post! Sheesh.
I think there a lot of troubles in this city and I surely have no answers. many of us have things that trouble us about the verious problems in Seattle. For me, its the mountainous piles of garbage everywhere I look. I just don’t understand why the city and all of its ‘leaders’ can’t do something about it. Mental illness, homelessness, covid, all big problems that are complex. But why can’t they pick up they frikkin garbage?!
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