Feds Have Something to Say About Police Defunding

Feds Have Something to Say About Police Defunding

(TargetLiberty.org) – Seattle’s City Council voted Monday to partly defund its police department in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement – but the federal government could potentially block the move. The 9-person council voted by 7-1 for a $4 million budget cut and a reduction of 100 officers — about 1 in 7 across the force. One councilor abstained, and Kshama Sawant’s vote against the cut was because she thought it was too small.

The slashes have already drawn heavy criticism, and prompted the resignation of Carmen Best, Seattle’s first Black police chief in the department’s 149-year existence. However, there’s still a chance they will never actually happen, regardless of what the city council wants.

The Seattle PD has a troubled history, and Chief Best was hired to clean it up. As part of the process of improving the force in 2012, the SPD has been operating under a consent decree issued by the Justice Department. Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) was the US Attorney who signed the decree – and now she says the mandated budget cuts would leave the department unable to meet the commitments the DOJ specifies.

Time will tell how this plays out.

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