A small band of concerned neighbors joined activists from Social Outreach Seattle on a march down Broadway Friday night against what the group says is a rising tide of hate and violent crime on Capitol Hill.
“When the sun goes down it’s lawless down here,” Social Outreach Seattle’s founder Shaun Knittel told media at the march Friday night. “There has been an anti-gay sentiment that has crept into the neighborhood.”
In addition to increased patrols in trouble spots, the city has pumped an additional $400,000 into policing areas of Seattle where crime concerns are growing, including Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, alternative measures such as leaving the lights on in Cal Anderson Park overnight are also being employed.
CHS has covered a small swarm of reported crimes involving hate and homophobia on the Hill this summer:
- Trial set for 3 of 5 charged in May Capitol Hill hate crime beating
- Summit hate beating — 8/4/2013
- Victim reports E Pike gay bash — 7/25/2013
- Investigators looking at another suspicious car fire in Central District — UPDATE: hate crime? — 7/25/2013
- Possible hate beating at 23rd/John — 7/10/2013
- Seattle PrideFest says nobody came to aid as performer robbed on Capitol Hill — 5/9/2013