SEATTLE (WR) — The Seattle Metropolis Council in a preliminary vote determined unanimously Wednesday to cut back the police division by as much as 100 officers via layoffs and attrition — a transfer pushed by demonstrators who’ve marched within the metropolis following George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis.
The Seattle Instances experiences remaining votes on the proposals will occur come subsequent week. The council rejected a push to “defund” the division’s remaining 2020 funds by 50% and reinvest that cash, as many Black Lives Matter protesters have urged.
The amendments handed in a committee are anticipated to avoid wasting solely about $three million of the departments $400 million annual funds this 12 months.
Council members mentioned they have been sending a message as they voted 9-Zero on the midyear funds amendments that Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Greatest have opposed.
“We’re not going to be bullied into doing nothing,” Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda mentioned.
In a press release Wednesday, a Durkan spokesperson criticized the council for voting to cut back the drive, lower Greatest’s wage and take away officers from town’s homeless encampment-removal workforce after solely “just a few hours of debate.”
A march to Metropolis Corridor in help of police cuts Wednesday drew tons of of individuals, with supporters demanding that policing cash be reallocated to different public security approaches, housing, social companies and applications led by Black individuals.