[Ed. – It appears the “residents” are Antifa/black bloc agitators camping out in the park. The Seattle police — whose chief is retiring due to drastic funding cuts and lack of support from the extremely far-left city council — say they are unable to respond to all the calls they may receive from the security firm as it tries to keep the park under control.]
The operators of a private security firm hired by Seattle City Hall to patrol Cal Anderson Park are having second thoughts after they said their guards were threatened earlier this week by people living in an encampment at the site.
Officers from the Seattle Police Department conducted a sweep a few days ago and cleared the encampment. But after the police left, a group of more than 50 people allegedly chased out the private security guards brought in to patrol the park, the firm’s owner said Thursday.
“Had anybody got within our space, then we would have had to start firing,” said Ricky McGhee, the owner of Jaguar Security, which is based in Federal Way.
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department hired McGhee’s firm to patrol Cal Anderson and keep unauthorized people out. He said Thursday that his team will resume their patrols only if Seattle police provide back-up to his agents.
McGhee said police did not respond despite calls for assistance during that initial confrontation with the encampment residents.