Remembering Seattle’s Nightlife: The Police and 1980’s Bias

Member Discrimination, Social Justice

Stumbling across this article gives a notable perspective of the Seattle police in the 1980s. One night following a brawl police were sent to the hospital after being assaulted and jumped during a fight involving 7 patrons of Club Broadway before Mister Freeman took it over, two years later.

Notable here is that Freeman had no police incidents under his tenure. The history of Club Broadway from 1982 shows 44 citations for minors in possession of alcohol had been issued including marijuana, lewd conduct, drinking in public, open containers in vehicles, public urination with no follow-through from police. Upwards of 80% these citations were under 20 years of age. Neither the police department, nor the King County Prosecutor pursued these while Freeman was being targeted, which begs the question: why? Was this due to a bias? Was it because they were not gay?

Later, the owner of Club Broadway and member of prosecutor Norm Maleng’s King Club ordinance committee was found to have powered his home, and Club Broadway, with free gas and electricity. Mr. Maleng was exempted from any type of prosecution (even from the gas company), indicating further collusion with the county to take down The Monastery.