Seattle hires ex-pimp to be ‘Street Czar’ – Say WHAT?

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Just when we thought we had seen and heard it all from one of America’s most liberal cities, this move surpassed all of our expectations.

The city of Seattle has hired, Andre Taylor, an ex-pimp at a $150,000 a year salary as the new “Street Czar”. Before Taylor was contracted by the city to provide “expertise and support services in de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing,” he was engaged in prostitution.

According to, KOMO news, “…under the terms of the year-long contract, the city will pay Taylor and his group, called Not This Time, $150,000” for their services.

“The contract was signed by a representative from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods on June 22, as the CHOP demonstrations were still unfolding. Taylor didn’t sign the contract, however, until July 27.”

In Las Vegas, Cheryl Davis admitted to being a prostitute and living in Taylor’s home, with two other women who were engaged in the same concern, one who was a teen runaway and the other who had years of experience, and is now facing felony charges in association with prostitution.

According to the Las Vegas Sunduring Taylor’s trial on pimping charges “…Davis told of bringing Taylor thousands of dollars from her prostitution activities although she got little in return.”

Taylor was eventually convicted of seven prostitution-related counts, three involving the Davis, two involving adult women who traveled with him, as well as two money-laundering counts.

Taylor was featured in the 1999 documentary American Pimp which examined “pimping subculture,” and is known to have bragged about impregnating the young girls he pimped.

Seattle officials and the local media call Taylor a “civic activist” in large part because his brother, Che Taylor, was killed by police in 2016 during an attempted arrest for drug possession.

The shooting was ruled lawful when a gun was found at the scene. Che Taylor had been previously convicted of rape and robbery and had multiple outstanding warrants. Activists in Seattle continue to demand justice.

After the shooting, Andre Taylor formed the group “Not This Time” which seeks to “engage with local community members, the families of those who have lost their loved ones to police shootings, and those who work inside the system, to demand more police accountability and safer communities.”

Taylor and Not This Time were the driving force behind anti cop initiative 940 and led mass “demonstrations” downtown in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

In response to criticism of Taylor’s contract hiring the mayor’s spokesperson Kelsey Nyland said Thursday “Not This Time was one of the many community organizations working with the City on Capitol Hill.”

Of course, they were. Would we expect anything less? 

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