It was over a year and a half ago when the looters hit Bellevue Square. The city responded by pulling in police officers from nearby cities and the State Patrol. The next couple of “protests” in Bellevue were closely escorted and there was zero looting.
It was a tough job tracking down the masked individuals via 10k+ pieces of video evidence but the city allocated the resources and last Thursday the Bellevue Reporter announced the current status:
Twenty-five individuals charged in relation to Bellevue Square Mall looting that occurred in May 2020
Twenty-five different individuals have been criminally charged in relation to looting that occurred in Bellevue in May of 2020, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The 25 felony cases against the defendants include 31 burglary charges, three possession of stolen property charges, one unlawful possession of a firearm charge and one malicious mischief charge.
Most of the charges are related to demonstrations and looting that primarily occurred on May 31, 2020 at businesses in Bellevue Square Mall. The defendants came from places across the region, including residents from Bellevue, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Renton, and at least one defendant was recognized as being homeless in the charging documents.
Additional cases are expected to be referred by police at the misdemeanor level, and the King County Prosecuting Attorney;s Office said they will be sent to the Bellevue City Attorney’s Office to be handled in Municipal Court.
A year and half is a long time and the pursuit of justice had to be extremely expensive. But Bellevue is a very wealthy community and I expect almost everyone in the city is willing to pay the price. I expect there will not be any more looting in Bellevue like that seen in so many other cities for many years.
I hope the criminals enjoy their trials.
Law enforcement is a choice. Seattle chose poorly. Bellevue was wiser, at least in this case. Good.
It remains to be seen how many of these scumbags will see the inside of a prison following a felony conviction. That’s assuming there are competent prosecutors who are willing to carry the prosecution forward and don’t intentionally flub the cases. Also ANTIFA didn’t just choose to dress up like chubby cat burglars in a bad 1961 police drama for the heck of it. How do you convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the hooded and masked wannabe terrorist captured on film is the same person as the well groomed quiet young person wearing a business suit seated next to the defense lawyer. I’ll still be surprised if the majority of these scumbags ever serve prison time. The real solution is to just shoot masked rioters on sight.