Who is standing for people like the Richardsons, a couple who were nearly beaten to death by someone let out by Seattle-area law enforcement despite a 25-year rap sheet of violence? The drug traffickers, career gun felons, and street thugs have the weight of the entire corporate, media, political, and entertainment industries plus Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and every phony “conservative” think tank – not to mention Soros and the Left – advocating on their behalf. How come nobody ever advocates policies on behalf of people like James and Melanie Richardson?
The Richardsons were walking around downtown Seattle on the fateful August 24 almost exactly three years ago, waiting for the start of a Seattle Mariners game. Suddenly, they were stalked by 25-year felon Nail Mulazim Muied, who was let out of prison just 24 hours earlier. According to KIRO7, Muied then beat both of them with a baseball bat, shattering James’ jaw and causing internal bleeding in Melanie.
Now they are suing Seattle and King County for not locking up this demon despite a 25-year rap sheet that included violent offenses. The local media report notes that the lawsuit seeks damages for surgeries and years of rehabilitation. KIRO7 also noted in the report that Muied is known as a mental health threat to local law enforcement, but the lawsuit alleges that this fact was ignored by authorities.
Evidently, Seattle is not just weak on criminal aliens but weak on all criminals, period. Which means it is tough on peaceful, law-abiding victims like the Richardsons. From a quick glance at Muied’s criminal record, I see 72 criminal charges stemming from arrests that occurred between July 1, 2000, and August 24, 2016. However, according to the KIRO7 news report, based on the documents, the criminal record goes back 25 years to when Muied, now 41 years old, was a minor.
According to court records, Muied was arrested just three months prior to this incident on May 18, 2016, on two counts of theft. He was charged again with assault on July 22, just one month before the incident. Throughout this time, he barely served any time behind bars. Going back further, he was charged with use of a deadly weapon on January 11 of that year. Theft, assault, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct were the hallmarks of his arrest and court records dating back to 2000. Amid the endless guilty verdicts, I can’t find a time when he was sentenced to more than one year of prison time.
One would think that after the Richardsons had to suffer this much at the hands of Muied and after he has shown an irredeemably violent proclivity along with mental illness, King County would finally take him off the streets. He was sentenced to eight years in April 2017, but thanks to the endless jailbreak programs, he will be out in a little more than two years from now. According to records obtained from the Washington Department of Corrections’ website, Muied was booked into the Washington State Penitentiary on April 25, 2017, and is scheduled for release on October 23, 2021. Just 4.5 years for nearly beating two people to death after a 25-year career of endless arrests for violent crimes harming other citizens!
This is the big lie nobody in the political class wants to admit. For every one person they can claim is over-sentenced, there are hundreds of people like this who are violent as can be, yet escape justice and are released to brutally victimize innocent people. In June, CR reported that King County released a man convicted of raping a disabled woman after he served just nine months in prison. The Mexican national, Francisco Carranza-Ramirez, allegedly went straight to the victim’s home and almost killed her.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, out of state prisoners released in 2016 after serving time for a violent offense, the average offender served less than three years. The report further found that “ninety-six percent of violent offenders released in 2016, including 70% of those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, served less than 20 years before initial release from state prison” and “state prisoners serving time for property, drug, or public-order offenses served less than two years before initial release.”
Since 2016, the momentum for endless jailbreak and weak-on-crime initiatives has only accelerated rapidly.
Yet we never see politicians or Kim Kardashian giving a platform and legal aid to these victims, just like we never see them empathize with victims of illegal aliens, but only with the criminals. Instead, they claim that we lock too many people up for nothing, when in fact we barely lock up the most violent criminals. And those are the ones who have been in the system over the past decade or two. The ones going in now barely serve any time, because the momentum against incarceration among the political class has already swung all the way in the direction of the jailbreak movement, even though proponents are acting as if this is still the 1990s. They are maniacally pushing prison population reduction at all costs with no regard for public safety.
When was the last time you saw a single politician in either party stand for victims of crime? If this movement is really about rehabilitating “first-time, non-violent, low-level” offenders, then they should have no problem shaking hands with those of us who still care about public safety and working on legislation actually addressing the serious loopholes allowing repeat violent offenders to escape justice.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.