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Will Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant Apologize for Her Claim of anti-Muslim Crime?

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Don’t hold your breath…

Socialist Kshama Sawant

Socialist Kshama Sawant

Last January, I told you about socialist Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant and how she claimed that the death of a teen muslim, Hamza Warsame, was a hate crime caused by anti-Muslim sentiment in Seattle.

Claims were made that Warsame was allegedly beaten and thrown from the building in Capitol Hill, Sawant issued a statement calling for “justice.” Even though no foul play was found to have incurred, Sawant told KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz that her point remains valid.

“At that time, when (victim Hanza Warsame) unfortunately met his demise, Islamophobia the rhetoric was heated,” Sawant said. “(Donald) Trump was really stirring it up. The attacks had just happened. Bernardino had just happened. There was a lot of buzz about that. At that moment it was understandable that the communities in Seattle were anxious that this might be motivated by that kind of hatred against immigrants, against people of color, against people of a certain ethnicity,” Sawant added. “And what I said in my statement is that the police should conduct a thorough investigation, and if the death to Hamza was linked to a hate crime then the police should carry out the full justice process in order to get those perpetrators to justice. So what I said was conditional.

In early December the King County Medical Examiner announced that investigators determined the fall was an accident.

Well, guess what? According to the Seattle Times, a report released yesterday by the Seattle Police Department reveals that Warsame’s death was an accident.

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Here’s what happened: The 16-year-old Seattle Central College student had gone to a schoolmate’s tiny apartment to work on a project on homelessness, according to the report.

Video surveillance shows the teen and his 21-year-old classmate entering the building around 2:30 p.m. The two went to the older student’s sixth-floor apartment, where police later saw what appeared to be legally purchased marijuana and a bong, the report says. Warsame told his schoolmate he had never smoked marijuana and would like to try it, and the two smoked together, according to the report.

A toxicology screen by the medical examiner found “relatively high levels” of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive constituent in marijuana, in Warsame’s system.

SJWs agitating before knowing all the facts

SJWs agitating before knowing all the facts

The older student told police he thought everything was fine and went to cook some food, but that Warsame then grew “frantic.” The teen then started talking in agitation about his religion and how he might have put himself in bad standing, and then said he “needed air,” police said. Warsame opened the door and was off the balcony before his schoolmate could react, the report says.

Almost immediately after news of Warsame’s death spread, rumors about an anti-Muslim assault began to circulate on social media. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant joined the fray, calling for an investigation into the death.

On her blog, she wrote that anti-Muslim rhetoric had spiked after recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. “Some reports suggest he was beaten and thrown from the building in an Islamophobic attack by a fellow student,” she wrote.

Sawant asked why Muslims were being targeted and said, “We must come together as a community, united and clear that we will not stand for any threats or hate violence toward our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

According to Seattle police detectives, there was no sign of a struggle in the apartment of the 21-year-old. Police interviewed the neighbor in the apartment below, who told them she was usually able to hear some things that happened in the upstairs apartment quite well, even making out specific words. But she did not hear any fighting or struggling on the day Warsame died, according to the police report.

Police said the medical examiner concluded Warsame’s death was an accident after learning that an adjacent building, at 510 E. Thomas St., was only 11 feet away from the Summit Avenue building from which the teen plummeted. Police said Warsame was 1.5 feet short of reaching the other building’s roof.

DCG


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