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Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland subject of racial slurs

Tacoma, Washington was known as “Sin City” long before Las Vegas, Nevada. And still is.

My name is Paul Malone. For almost 20 years I have published Tacoma Confidential. A rag city hall could never dispose of. No matter how heavy the informational bleeding.

Case in point.

Dateline: 6:00 am, September 16, 2014, 12th floor, Tacoma City Hall, Office of the Mayor.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland uses city equipment and resources to open her personal Facebook page. A possible violation of the city’s ethics code. State law.

But who cares. This is Sin City after all. And certain elected officials and city employees can do no wrong. Just ask them. Correct Tacoma City Attorney Pauli?

The self-proclaimed education mayor gets educated.

She has received a private message from Fircrest resident Adam Joseph Springer. A message from someone she claims she doesn’t know.

A racist message, vulgar and hate filled to the core. “FU you worthless ‘N’ word. FU you worthless ‘N’ word. Go back to Africa you worthless ‘N’ word. ‘N’ word I’m gunning for you you worthless ‘N’ word.”

It is apparent from the message Springer doesn’t know Strickland is the product of an African-American father and a Korean mother. Otherwise other racial slurs might have been included.

Strickland is incensed. Who can blame her?

She calls the cops. They show. She makes a report.

According to the police report Strickland told the cops she felt threatened because she is a public official and is also African-American. Half at best by her own accounting.

But according to a KOMO News report Strickland told a Tacoma Police Department dick she was concerned for her safety because the message coincided with her appearance on "Meet the Press."

The first theory I will buy. But the second rings of nothing but ego.

Springer is arrested. Charged with malicious harassment. A class C felony.

Strickland wasn’t the first person Springer sent vulgar and threatening messages to.

Springer's Facebook page included a picture of his United States Postal Service photo ID. The dick was able to track down a Springer booking photo. He’d been contacted by the Pierce County Sheriff in August. He’d left threatening and vulgar phone messages with a judicial assistant.

Detectives found Springer at his home on September 19th. Springer initially denies sending any messages to Strickland.  Especially messages he might regret. He finally admitted sending the message. But gee he told dicks. That message was supposed to be private.

Not the brightest bulb in the Tacoma lamp chandelier.

Springer's parents told detectives he is going through a rough divorce. They are concerned about his mental health, as are we. They said he is no longer employed by the Postal Service.

Since, Springer has bailed out on a $35,000 bond. Has been slapped with a no contact order and other stipulations. Has a court date in mid-October.

As I sit here sipping a modicum of 50 year old scotch given to me by former Tacoma City Councilman Bob Evans I have to ask.

What could Strickland possibly have done or said to set Springer off? Is he just another harmless Robert Hill wing nut? All talk and no action? Or does Springer just have hatred and fear of all black people?

Answers to said questions and more could be revealed once Springer’s trial commences. And then again maybe not.

All people will never see eye to eye, but that is no reason for the hatred thrown at Strickland or anybody else for that matter.

Why can’t we just get along?

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Malone

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