Within an hour of the violence at a homeless encampment known simply as the “Jungle,” the mayor asked himself whether he might be at least partly to blame.
“I can’t help but wonder: Did I act too late?” an anguished-looking Ed Murray said as he talked with the news media late Wednesday. “It’s on me in the end.”
In a city that prides itself on its compassion but has wrestled with how to respond to its staggering homeless population, the violence that had erupted the night before in the Jungle — two dead, three critically injured — stirred old fears.
In November, the mayor and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared a state of emergency to deal with Seattle’s...