Seattle City Council approves plan to defund police department, slashes jobs and salaries

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On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of one controversial proposal which would start the police department defunding process.

Despite several objections from Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, the city’s mayor and the police chief, the proposal received 7-1 vote.

Eventually, the plan would slash the funding to police department, not covering the fifty percent a few had sought. Presently, Seattle has about 1,400 police officials and the present plan would result in around 100 cut. Besides, the proposal would also cut the department’s USD 400mn budget by around USD 3 million, as per KOMO.

The only ‘no’ vote came from Councilmember Kshama Sawant as she felt that the proposal did not go that far enough, as per MyNorthWest.com.

A final set of the amendments were reviewed by the council before the vote, which included lowering the city’s police department by around 100 officers via attribution and layoffs. It also included reducing the USD 285,000 yearly salary of Police Chief Carmen Best as well as other top ranking officers.

The city council’s plan further eliminates the officers from one team that dismantles the homeless camps.

As per few council members, the initial reductions are the first step to further sweeping cuts as well as a rethinking of Seattle’s law enforcement.

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