Metropolis Council’s Kshama Sawant asks for investigation after receiving threats from Seattle Fireplace Division electronic mail handle


Somebody with entry to a Seattle Fireplace Division electronic mail handle has been sending threatening emails to Metropolis Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Sawant mentioned Tuesday, as she requested metropolis officers to research.

The emails, which Sawant mentioned she obtained between Dec. 17 and Jan. 18, are each ominous and threatening.

“The time is right here,” the emailer wrote on Monday, in accordance with the emails provided by Sawant’s workplace. “Announce your resignation now, or else.”

“If you understand what’s good, you’ll comprehend it’s time to go,” an individual wrote in December. “For those who need assistance leaving, attempt leaping head first off the highest ground of your constructing. I’ll even come push you.”

Sawant, in a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, Fireplace Chief Harold Scoggins, Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz and the management of the native firefighters union, requested for the emails to be investigated and brought significantly.

“I consider these emails should be taken very significantly given the present political context with an emboldened proper wing nationally, the particular threatening content material of the emails, and the truth that they originate from a Metropolis of Seattle electronic mail account,” Sawant wrote. “There needs to be a radical investigation into this matter instantly — significantly in gentle of the attainable hyperlink between these emails and the far proper protests deliberate for Biden’s inauguration.”

Sawant mentioned that after she knowledgeable hearth division management of the emails final month, she obtained a short notice from Helen Fitzpatrick, the departments director of administration.

“It was dropped at our consideration that a number of regarding emails might have been despatched to you by way of Outlook on December 17 and December 19 from a Seattle Fireplace Division worker’s electronic mail handle,” Fitzpatrick wrote on Dec. 31, in accordance with the notice supplied by Sawant. “The SFD worker is claiming that he didn’t ship the emails.”

Fitzpatrick mentioned they had been “at present wanting into the matter.”

Sawant was incredulous. How is it attainable, she requested in her letter, that the emails have “been allowed to proceed?”

“If the worker is to be believed that he didn’t ship the threatening emails, has there been no effort by the division to safe his account?” Sawant requested. “Has the worker not a lot as been requested to vary his password?”

She mentioned she addressed her letter to Durkan and Diaz as nicely, as a result of “the Fireplace Division seems to not have taken this matter significantly.”

A Seattle Police spokesperson mentioned the division was wanting into Sawant’s letter and anticipated to have a response quickly. Durkan’s workplace and the Seattle Fireplace Division didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.