Report: Seattle PD may get defunded by 50% and even the mayor might not be able to stop it

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SEATTLE, WA – After the city of Seattle endured one of the most bizarre and violent uprisings known as CHAZ/CHOP that masqueraded as protests over the summer, the Seattle City Council is actually entertaining a defunding of Seattle Police by 50%.

Furthermore, reports indicate that the city council will pursue this endeavor with or without the blessing of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Now seven out of the nine council members are backing the ideals and outlines behind groups like Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now. What makes that such an important aspect to note is that the aforementioned coalitions are vying for the likes of defunding the Seattle Police by 50%.

Also, with now seven city council members on board with organizations presenting said agenda items, the council will have the ability to override a mayoral veto of any proposed defunding.

Per law, any budget-related legislation can usurp Mayor Durkan’s veto so long as six city council members vote in favor of said legislation.

One of the city council members, Andrew Lewis, actually boasted about his adoration of the demands outlined by Decriminalize Seattle, saying the following on Twitter:

“To be clear, I am 100% in favor of the [Decriminalize Seattle] demands, including the goal of a 50% cut of SPD’s budget. I am committed to reinvesting that money in BIPOC led organizations, including many I have directly worked with like @ICHOOSE180 and Community Passageways.”

The ideas being championed by the majority of the city council in Seattle come on the heels of a police precinct having been essentially occupied by miscreants in the CHAZ/CHOP zone for weeks. Not to mention, the utter destruction, murder, violent assaults, and burglaries that took place within that six-block zone.

Mayor Durkan referred to the defunding of Seattle Police by 50% as being “irresponsible”:

“Target numbers themselves are irresponsible if you’re not looking at the functions and what the police should be doing versus what perhaps other people can and should be doing.”

While the city mayor can perceive the move to be “irresponsible” all day, if the council decides to quickly move on these types of agenda items, then there’s nothing the mayor could seemingly do about it when hit with a majority vote.

If this defunding actually occurs, the city of Seattle will likely (unofficially) be afforded the song “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins as the city anthem.

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The city of Seattle had a front row seat to what happens when police are no longer around, which was of course the CHAZ/CHOP area that was disbanded on July 1st after reigning terror for approximately a month. 

We reported earlier this month on the executive order delivered by the mayor that led to the madness finally coming to a stop. 

According to the executive order issued by the city’s mayor, the following was noted:

“The City’s obligations under the First Amendment do not require the City to provide limitless sanctuary to occupy City property, damage City and private property, obstruct right of way, or foster dangerous conditions.”

Essentially, the mayor finally acknowledged that what was happening in CHOP was neither peaceful nor a lawful protest – it was an occupied area where those who were at odds with the dogma synonymous with CHOP could easily find themselves in harm’s way if present there.   

Much like when we had a literal “walk of shame” being filmed as the CHAZ/CHOP occupiers berated this individual while ousting him from the area earlier in June.

Police were said to have warned those occupying CHOP during the morning of July 1st that they would be allotted 8 minutes to safely exit the area and provided directions on where to exit the area as well.

However, some were said to have defied the directive, and Seattle Police were said to have enacted 13 arrests as a result.

The Seattle Police Department noted on Twitter how there has been several violent crimes that have plagued the CHAZ/CHOP area since its inception – even including murder:

“Since demonstrations at the East Precinct area began on June 8th, two teenagers have been killed and three people have been seriously wounded in late-night shootings. Police have also documented robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes.”

Considering that there are still at-large suspects associated with these crimes that were mentioned by police, the SPD also stated that they were going to be adorned in more protective gear than what they’d normally wear during the clearing that occurred:

“Because suspects in recent shootings may still be in the area, and because numerous people in the area are in possession of firearms, Seattle Police officers involved in this morning’s response will be equipped with additional protective gear.”

SPD Chief Carmen Best issued a statement in relation to the clearing of CHOP as well, stating the following:

“As I have said, and I will say again, I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community.

But enough is enough. The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area.”

The framing of CHOP as being lawless isn’t a frivolous statement either, as SPD noted that during the occupation of the area between June 8th to the 30th resulted in 65 crimes that were reported. Within that same area, there were a total of 37 crimes reported for the entirety of 2019.

It only took CHOP 22 days to nearly double a crime rate of an entire year in one area.

But sure – let’s defund police by 50% after seeing the experiment of what zero police creates. 

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