Seattle is paying an ex-pimp $150,000 a 12 months to behave as town’s “avenue czar” and supply “alternate options to policing” after protests morphed into the no-police-allowed Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.
Activist Andre Taylor is open about his previous as a pimp (he appeared within the documentary “American Pimp”) and is working with town of Seattle by way of his nonprofit, Not This Time. Taylor says he began Not This Time after his brother Che Taylor was killed by Seattle police in 2016.
Taylor was a critic of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest and appeared on “Hannity” to assist the daddy of a 19-year-old Black man who was shot and killed within the CHOP zone in June.
Taylor has beforehand labored with town, receiving $100,000 for his nonprofit to host panel discussions referred to as “Dialog with the Streets” in 2019, The Seattle Occasions reported.
“Me, as a Black man has the precise to be paid for my genius or for no matter my group can present,” Taylor informed KOMO Information. “Black folks as an entire haven’t been in a spot to be compensated for his or her genius or their work for a really, very very long time.”
Taylor’s July contract, first reported on by PubliCola, is with town’s Division of Neighborhoods. It designates him as a advisor employed to “act as an adviser to the Metropolis of Seattle and ‘avenue czar’ group liaison.”
“Mayor Durkan believes that now we have to make deep investments in group – one of many key calls for of the Black Lives Matter protests,” Durkan spokesperson Kelsey Nyland informed The Seattle Occasions in an announcement.
“In early June, she dedicated in her 2021 funds a $100 million funding in group,” Durkan’s spokesperson continued. “Andrè spoke with organizers about tips on how to flip activism and organizing into motion on the state, native and federal degree, and urged people to depart Capitol Hill.”
Nevertheless, Taylor additionally inspired CHOP protesters to ask town for cash earlier than agreeing to depart the occupied zone.
“You gotta get one thing,” he informed protesters in a recorded dialog, in accordance with the Seattle Occasions. “Let me make that occur for you, after which I can deliver that again to you. I don’t know, we’ll ask for $2 million. They could give us $1 million, however let’s ask for it. As a result of the explanation why we’re holding that area shouldn’t be just for George Floyd however for the tens of millions of George Floyds.”
Taylor defended himself in an interview with the Seattle Occasions.
“I used to be involved in regards to the protesters leaving that area with out having some sort of win. … There have been no qualms with me in that dialog. I might do it once more,” he informed the Occasions.
Fox Information’ inquiry to the Seattle mayor’s workplace was not returned on the time of publication.