Police Chief Tells Residents and Businesses They’re on Their Own After City Council Tries To Tie Hands of Cops

Article Link: https://www.westernjournal.com/police-chief-tells-residents-businesses-city-council-tries-tie-hands-cops/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

On Friday, a judge put a temporary halt to a Seattle city ordinance, hastily passed in the wake of the protests touched off by the death of George Floyd in late May, which would have banned virtually all safe crowd control measures for police officers. According to Crosscut, the ordinance would have prohibited not only tear gas, but also pepper spray and other crowd control weapons. The Department of Justice argued the new rules would have caused “irreparable harm resulting from officer confusion and the inability to modulate force or de-escalate situations in which force may be needed.”