A new documentary from KOMO News in Seattle examines the city’s homeless and drug problems, which are completely intertwined.
From KOMO News:
KOMO News Special: Seattle is Dying
Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a “hopeless” title. I’ll admit to you that I wrestled with the name for some time. Too dramatic, I wondered? Too dark? In the end I went with it because I believe it to be true. I believe that Seattle is dying. Rotting from within.
This show, that we’ve been working on for several months now, is really the third in a kind of trilogy.
The first was called “There But For the Grace of God…” It explored homelessness from the inside out in 2016.
The second was called, “Demon at the Door.” It was about the hellish existence of heroin addiction.
This one is about everyone else. It’s about citizens who don’t feel safe taking their families into downtown Seattle. It’s about parents who won’t take their children into the public parks they pay for. It’s about filth and degradation all around us. And theft and crime. It’s about people who don’t feel protected anymore, who don’t feel like their voices are being heard.
Watch the video:
Does this all stem from flawed public health policy?
Seattle Is Dying: Hundreds Of Homeless Dead Due To Failed Public Health Policy
Seattle’s Public Health Policies Are Literally Killing Hundreds of People
That very well might change now. A devastating, jaw-dropping documentary titled “Seattle Is Dying” by local ABC affiliate KOMO News revealed in shocking detail just how horribly the city’s public health policy (to the extent there even is one) has failed. Reporter Eric Johnson captured Seattle’s attitude perfectly: “Indifference masquerading as compassion.”
This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who lives in Seattle or just about anywhere on the West Coast. Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are all facing similar issues.
The reason, ultimately, is the same everywhere: We no longer provide treatment to drug addicted or mentally ill people who cannot or will not care for themselves. Society has decided that it is more compassionate to allow these unfortunate souls to make their own choices, even if those choices are irrational, self-destructive, and dangerous to the community.
It’s sad to see this happening to an American city.