The perception is things are bad enough that we need Q-Patrol again — OutWatch is now patrolling the streets of Capitol Hill.
Seattle Magazine asks if Capitol Hill’s “booming” nightlife is to blame:
But all that pulsating nightlife and affluence may be sparking disturbing, even dangerous consequences, especially for the community’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. In 2013, attacks against gay men made headlines in local media, suggesting that a new wave of hate crimes was spreading through the neighborhood. While police statistics do not show a definitive spike in antigay violence on Capitol Hill, anecdotes abound among worried residents and visitors bemoaning the potential loss of a long-established safe haven for sexual minorities.
Spoiler alert: article doesn’t draw a conclusion but says heightened awareness could be to blame or that “a backlash impulse is not uncommon” —
Some newcomers enjoying Capitol Hill at night may be seeing their first transsexual or same-sex couple holding hands in public and responding with an angry slur or worse. But gay communities and culture have always attracted a diverse range of straight nighttime revelers, and the mix of queer and straight has been a tradition on Capitol Hill.
In some cases, mental instability seems to be as strong as the alleged hate.
Our most recent blotter update will also attest to the universal nature of street crime in a city environment. We’re all in this together.
In the meantime, East Precinct’s new leader Capt. Pierre Davis says increased patrols are in the works.