Seattle Mayor Outraged As Video Appears To Show Prisoners Being Dumped In City

A Yakima County corrections van was caught on video releasing prisoners under a freeway in downtown Seattle.

Seattle, WA – A Yakima County Department of Corrections van was caught on video dropping newly-released former inmates off in a parking lot under a freeway in downtown Seattle (video below).

KING released the video of the marked county corrections vehicle unloading three handcuffed passengers onto a city street on April 8.

It was filmed by a resident who happened to be in her car in the parking lot when the drop-off occurred.

The video showed the corrections officer removed the men’s handcuffs and gave them packages containing their personal effects before sending them on their way.

The first man who was released stopped at the closest curb to go through his belongings and find a belt to hold his sagging pants up, the video showed. He was joined by another man a moment later.

The disturbing video was sent to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office, and she was not happy, KING reported.

Durkan has asked both Yakima County and Washington state corrections officials to explain what the video showed, The Bellingham Herald reported.

Washington State Department of Corrections Director Steve Sinclair responded to the mayor and said that the video also raised concerns with state prison authorities.

Sinclair said that activities featured in the video were those of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and that the former inmates were being released after serving time at the Yakima County jail, according to The Bellingham Herald.

Yakima County is hours away from Seattle and they are separated by a mountain range.

The mayor said that Yakima County officials had said that the practice of dropping off in parking lots was not standard, and that the matter was being investigated, KOMO reported.

“We asked Yakima County why this is taking place. The Yakima County Jail reported that dropping off in a parking was not standard practice,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “They are looking into the reason this occurred and we will share this information with you once we receive it.”

Officials said that men who were released were supposed to have been returned to the King County jail to be released, KOMO reported.

Sinclair said policies will be changed immediately to direct all release drop-offs to be done at the corrections department’s Community Justice Centers where support services and resources can be made available to the former inmates.

There have previously been allegations of other jurisdictions dropping former prisoners off in Seattle because the city has more resources for the homeless than other communities, KOMO reported.

Watch video of the former prisoners being released below:

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HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

You should see the clowns that get a one way ticket to Hawaii, and in case you didn’t know, it’s an Island.......

Trefflek
Trefflek

I thought they loved homeless criminals...

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

I'm not saying that I or anyone I know ever did it, but there were rumors in my department that the DC cops would get a call of a passed-out drunk lying close to the DC border with Maryland and then our dispatcher getting a phone call that the unconscious individual somehow made his way across Eastern Avenue and ended up in the bushes in Maryland. Our officer would go down there and after a few minutes, clear the call as "Area checked, nothing found", as the drunk had somehow or other made his way back across Eastern Avenue and was passed out in the bushes in DC. That drunk could cross from jurisdiction to jurisdiction a half a dozen times in a night and never know it, only that the toes of his shoes were badly scuffed.

Caddis
Caddis

Hey wait a minute. I thought Seattle was a sanctuary city. Maybe they are illegals coming home if not that's prejudice against other criminals who did their time where illegals haven't done their time yet for being illegal. Liberalism is just a circular firing squad all in the interest of getting votes to stay in power.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Maby these released offenders used their constitutional rights and requested to be dropped off in a sanctuary city.sounds good to me.JGB

Grog
Grog

Aren't liberals supposed to be so inclusive?????

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Maybe they were following Bernie's wishes, and were going vote Democrap.

tfort
tfort

Why do governments keep hiring these idiots? Follow policy and release at the resource center.

Why is that so hard.