Polls show a majority of voters in Washington don’t want the Seattle police defunded by 50%

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Seattle, Washington – Despite the idea of defunding the Seattle Police Department by 50% of its funding, a recent poll shows that Seattle residents do not trust the City Council’s approach of defunding the SPD by 50%.

In fact, in a recent poll of likely voters in Seattle – only 32% of respondents agreed with the City Council approach.

Turns out that about 43% of those polled prefer Mayor Jenny Durkan and SPD Chief Carmen Best’s approach of a more balanced approach to redirecting less funds over a spanned period of time and 21% respondents didn’t want any defunding of the department at all.

This isn’t the only survey conducted in the state of Washington that revealed that “defunding the police” is not a popular concept with voters.  

A recent polling of 675 Washington residents posed the following question:

“Do you support or oppose proposals to defund police departments?”

In response, 53% of respondents either opposed or strongly opposed the idea. Only 34% were among Washington voters in that poll that supported the “defunding” of police departments.

While residents within the state aren’t opposed to the idea of reallocating some police funding – the 50% business is not exactly popular.

Furthermore, data also shows that Seattle residents actually trust Chief Best more than the City Council when it comes to reshaping the SPD – which it should be noted that Chief Best has not been among the fans of a 50% drop in funding either:

“I think the word plan is rather loose here. [The City Council] haven’t got a plan. All they have shown us that they want to reduce the budget by 50%. I haven’t seen any real planning in that.

And the real tragedy of doing that is that we will lose 1,100 employees. That’s 50% of our total workforce because most of our budget is made up of our personnel costs and it would be a tragedy.”

And of course, you’ve got City Council members like Teresa Mosqueda who are pretending like all the protests in Seattle are peaceful (while attending one) – and there’s a person actively standing behind her telling police to kill themselves with a megaphone and follows up with:

“Save us the trouble of tearing you apart – and fucking kill yourselves.”

Oh, and then Mosqueda even stated that the man’s comments were “justified”.

Such wonderful leadership.

It’s becoming painfully obvious that the City Council isn’t listening to the majority of the voters, and thus the will of the people.

Despite a majority opposition by revealed polls against the City Council’s agenda, a recently leaked draft of their radical defunding bill shows just how far the council wants to go in this defunding.

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The expression, and the movement of, “defunding” the police has gone from chants during protests to now finding its way into various pieces of proposed legislation.

The latest in this form of legislation comes from none other than Seattle.

Instead of having a bonafide police force that polices a community, lawmakers in Seattle are pushing for the ever-ambiguous form of policing, coined as a “community-led” safety program.

The Seattle City Council poses in this drafted bill, that the Seattle Police Department “perpetuates racism and violence” and upholds “white supremacy culture”

It states:

“Protests forced many nationwide and in Seattle to confront the racism that has been plaguing the black community for centuries and spread to other communities of color, the harmful impacts of white supremacy culture, and the Seattle Police Department’s role in perpetuating racism and violence.”

Interesting that the SPD is referred to as an entity that perpetuates racism – while having a black police chief. Also, the bill (obviously) heavily cites the death of George Floyd as the inspiration for addressing racism.

Here’s the thing though – there’s absolutely zero indication that the in-custody death of George Floyd had anything to do with his race. Furthermore, while two white officers were among those arrested for the in-custody death of Floyd, the other two officers were black and Asian.

Oh, and the acronym “BIPOC” is used to almost nauseating extents within the bill (“BIPOC” means “black, indigenous, and people of color”).

According to the bill summary, the following is stated:

“This resolution responds to community demands for a new approach to policing in Seattle. It identifies a number of steps that the Council intends to take to move toward creating a civilian led department of community safety & violence prevention to oversee safety and police operations, defunding the police, and finding alternatives to policing.”

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Apparently one aspect that really hit home on this drafted bill, is the fact that the City Council is upset that there is not a commensurate number of white suspects killed by police when looking at the number of black suspects killed by police.

It states:

“SPD officers continue to kill black city residents more often than they kill white residents.”

However, disparity in outcome does not mean there is a series or singular malefactor trying to attain said disparity of outcome. For instance, just because there are nine female nurses for every male nurse – despite the male and female population being relatively equal – it doesn’t mean that there is a group of people trying to stop men from becoming nurses.

Yet, the bill goes on and on about how there’s institutional racism, white supremacy, and the fact that police target black people without warrant or cause, and so on.

While it is unclear when the drafted bill will ever get voted on, considering the majority of the City Council has been on this “defunding” the police train for some time in Seattle, they’ll likely all be on board with it. 

If the Council’s dreams come true, the timeline mentioned in the bill would have the police department replaced by their new “community led” policing around November of 2021.

It would hardly be surprising to see many houses up for sale in Seattle in the coming months – because this is exactly the type of thing that would drive law abiding citizens out of the area.

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