Seattle-area law enforcement union leaders push for Jim Ferrell in prosecutorial race

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Leaders of King County’s three largest law enforcement unions promised Wednesday to reveal a “direct action plan” to ensure public safety, but offered few details at a press conference that amounted to a hearty show of support for Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell in his run. for prosecutor.

A press release announcing the event made no mention of the candidate, who spent more time in front of the microphone than any of the guild leaders, criticizing current prosecutor Dan Satterberg, without naming him and doing claims that Satterberg’s office has declared to be inaccurate. and misleading.

Seattle Police Officers Guild president Mike Solan said the news conference was to “advise you of a dire situation” within the Seattle Police Department, which has had staff struggles, an increase violent crime and increasing emergency response times.

He was joined by King County Police Officers Guild president Mike “Manny” Mansanarez and King County Corrections Guild president Dennis Folk. All three organizations have previously backed Ferrell in his run for prosecutor.

Solan called the three-guild coalition “historic” and said it aims to “engage with reasonable communities in our region” to explain the dire situation facing law enforcement and “ withdraw public safety policy”.

He then introduced Ferrell, who has sharply criticized Satterberg’s office for the backlog of nearly 5,000 felony cases that has built up as a result of court closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ferrell said the DA’s office had ‘no discernible plan’ to address the issue, which he called a ‘failure of justice’ and a ‘failure to serve’ crime victims and their families. .

“The district attorney’s office is really the fulcrum of the whole system, and we’ve had a breakdown in how we handle these cases,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell suggested forming a “specialized unit” within the prosecutor’s office that would triage these cases and rank them in order of seriousness. He also said the district attorney should work with county officials to add temporary judges — something he says the current office has not done.

Satterberg’s office, however, provided a memo on Wednesday, showing that he has repeatedly discussed with the King County Superior Court a plan to return some retired judges to the bench, as well as a document showing that the office applied for and received funding from the county to address the backlog.

Ferrell’s opponent in the race, senior assistant Prosecutor Leesa Manion, accused Ferrell of “relying on the same sound bites and scare tactics” she said has marked her campaign so far.

Manion, who is also Satterberg’s chief of staff, criticized Ferrell’s decision to seek and accept support from Solan – a controversial figure as SPOG chairman and host of the conservative law enforcement podcast ‘Hold the Line’.

“Solan…dismissed the disastrous significance of the January 6 insurrection ‘on the United States Capitol’ and continues to fight efforts to expose the names of the six SPOG members who participated in the attack on our democracy “Manion said in a statement.

“A truly independent prosecutor, committed to equal representation and security, would not accept support from someone who fights transparency and justice,” Manion said.

Satterberg announced in January that he would not seek a fifth four-year term. Voters will choose the next county attorney in the November general election.

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