The Seattle City Council voted Monday to move forward with a controversial proposal that would begin the process of defunding the police department.
The city has been the front image of the war between police and rioters with buildings burning and shots being fired for months now since the killing of George Floyd.
Protesters and rioters even managed to carve out their own autonomous zone in Capitol Hill in the city before police moved in after two weeks and rounded everybody up.
And now Seattle city councillors passed a bill to defund the police with a vote of 7 to 1.
The plan would ultimately slash funding to the department but not the 50% some had sought. Seattle currently has around 1,400 police officers, and the current plan would see about 100 cut.
It was also cut the police department’s $400 million budget by about $3 million, according to KOMO.
Council member Kshama Sawant was the sole “no” vote because she felt the proposals didn’t go far enough, while Debora Juarez abstained.
“While we can’t do everything in this summer rebalancing package, we have set the path forward for tremendous work in front of us as a council and as a city,” Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda said.
Some council members have said the initial cuts are a first step to more sweeping reductions and a rethinking of law enforcement in Seattle.
“It’s important to show community members that we hear them, that we’re working towards the same goal,” Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda said last week.
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