Seattle is paying an ex-pimp $150,000 a year to act as the city’s “street czar” and offer “alternatives to policing” after protests morphed into the no-police-allowed Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.
Activist Andre Taylor is open about his past as a pimp (he appeared in the documentary “American Pimp”) and is working with the city of Seattle through his nonprofit, Not This Time. Taylor says he started Not This Time after his brother Che Taylor was killed by Seattle police in 2016. . .
Taylor has previously worked with the city, receiving $100,000 for his nonprofit to host panel discussions called “Conversation with the Streets” in 2019, The Seattle Times reported.
“Me, as a Black man has the right to be paid for my genius or for whatever my organization can provide,” Taylor told KOMO News. “Black people as a whole have not been in a place to be compensated for their genius or their work for a very, very long time.”
Taylor’s July contract, first reported on by PubliCola, is with the city’s Department of Neighborhoods. It designates him as a consultant hired to “act as an adviser to the City of Seattle and ‘street czar’ community liaison.” (Read more from “Seattle Hires Former Pimp to Help ‘Reform’ Police for $150,000” HERE)