News School District Takes Out Restraining Order Against Omari Tahir-Garrett
posted by December 11 at 17:53 PMon
Seattle School District Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and School Board President Cheryl Chow have filed protection orders against James “Omari-Tahir” Garrett. Garrett is perhaps most famous for attacking Mayor Paul Schell with a megaphone in 2001, but he’s also thrown his name into the 2008 presidential race. Really.
According to Seattle Schools attorney Shannon McMinimee—who appeared in court last Friday on behalf of Chow and Goodloe-Johnson—Garrett has repeatedly been “abusive” to members of the school board during public meetings, and was provided with written warnings about his behavior. At a November 14th school board meeting, McMinimee says Garrett cautioned Chow to “remember the Wah-Mee massacre,” and warned her that “it could happen again,” and told Goodloe-Johnson that “there are two kinds of black women: Aunt Jemima and Harriet Tubman, which one are you?” before he directed Chow to “go back to where [she] came from.” McMinimee says Garrett was removed from the meeting by law enforcement.
Then, at a December 5th meeting, McMinimee says Garrett got into a physical altercation with a district security guard and was arrested for trespassing. Now, the King County District Court has issued a temporary restraining order that bars Garrett
from coming within 1,000 yards of Chow of Goodloe-Johnson’s homes and workplaces.
McMinimee says all of Garrett’s alleged outbursts were submitted to the court on DVD.
“When Mr. Tahir makes threats of violence, it would be very understandable for other public officials to believe it,” McMinimee says.
On December 18th, another hearing will be held to determine whether Garrett’s restraining order will be extended.
We are trying to contact Garrett to get his reaction to the restraining order.