Activists try to make Capitol Hill safer in light of recent attacks

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 5:05 PM

Activists on Seattle's Capitol Hill are trying to come up with ways to make their streets safer, in light of a series of attacks on people walking homes from restaurants and bars.

Shaun Knittel of Social Outreach Seattle says his group is promoting the idea of a buddy program called "No One Walks Alone," to remind people to make sure they walk with friends or pay the money to hail a cab.

He says businesses are also volunteering to participate in a Safe Space program.

"Any business who participates in this, the staff is trained on how to de-escalate situations, what phone numbers to call, and that training comes directly from SPD or 911 operators," said Knittel.

Knittel says a number of businesses already have the Safe Space sticker in their window. Metro Clothing Company on Broadway is one of them

"It's very important to be active and part of the community," said store manager Tristan Clark. "To make sure that people have a safe place when they're feeling threatened."

The most recent attack happened early Monday morning, when 36 year old Jason Jacobs was attacked by five suspects yelling anti-gay slurs. His suffered broken ribs, a broken nose, and his cell phone was stolen as well.

 

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