'It’s time to stand up and fight for our city:' Business owner's call to action for Seattle
Beacon Plumbing and Mechanical owner Bill Cahill says he is calling on other business owners and citizens to get involved public safety issues. Cahill says he is a big supporter of Mayor Bruce Harrell’s work so far but believes other local and state elected leaders are not making good decisions for the community as a whole. He believes the legislature went too far in enacting police reform laws that took away the authority officers had to pursue suspects in stolen vehicles.
“I’m frustrated. This isn’t the city I grew up in. This is where my 6 children live. This is where my 10 grandchildren live. I love it here. It’s home. Always has been always will be, but we need to make some changes. I had a vehicle that was stolen. I saw a police officer from the city of Seattle and said, ‘Would you please help me to get my truck back?’ He says, ‘I have to stand down. We can’t get in a high speed chase’. I was in that high speed chase. Why am I doing the job for the Seattle Police Department? Our government here in Washington state needs to go against the grain because these officers have been told to stand down. I think we’ve had enough of it. It’s time to stand up and make a fight out of it for our city. Let police officers do their jobs,” said Cahill.