Civic and even church leaders will sometimes engage reformed or penitent criminals to bridge the gap between those living a troubled life and law enforcement. But the city of Seattle, has hired a man who literally appeared in the 2000 film, American Pimp.
Andre Taylor was convicted in 2000 of numerous prostitution charges having taken place mainly in Las Vegas and San Francisco.
The charges also involved interstate criminality, specifically of a minor. An appellate document from 2001 noted “his conviction of four counts of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution.”
Seattle’s leadership in hired Taylor for $12,500 per month, and granting him an office in the city’s municipal building. The total contract is $150,000.
Part of his duties being to “provide recommendations to the City on de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing.” His informal title is Street Czar for the city of Seattle. Taylor has no formal training (or expertise) on de-escalation.
Taylor states his services for Seattle are indeed worth paying for: “Somebody can’t put a price tag on going into community meetings and having sit downs with gang members, where they won’t sit down with anybody else,”
The controversial contract comes to light as the Seattle City Council voted to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of their three bills to defund the police. A former pimp earns a lucrative contract, but up to 100 officers could be fired.
The movement to “defund the police” has been clarified by its proponents as an attempt to prevent and preclude criminal acts by addressing supposed causes of crime. It continues the 20th-century utopian ideals of remaking society and is generally regarded as ultimately a socialist endeavor.
The cultural slide towards growing approval of vice in progressive cities–or at least approval by their leadership–is part of the context for measures such as hiring Andre Taylor.
Sex worker advocacy groups like Seattle’s SWOP which seeks to protect what they see as a legitimate form of income generation is part of the deepest blue cities cultures. Designated heroin-use facilities have been proposed in San Francisco and are part of this as well.
Andre is quoted briefly in a UK newspaper having told a judge that he regrets his actions saying they were an “immoral thing before God.” What he delivers for the city of Seattle and the true level of his reform remains to be seen especially with the violence in the city continuing to escalate and police being told to stand down.
Listen to this episode of the Conservative Business Journal Podcast where John Di Lemme interviews Judge Jeanine Pirro about how the Democrats’ demands to defund the police are putting Americans at risk…