Seattle slashes police budget, eliminates homeless program


The Seattle City Council backtracked on their promise of a 50 percent defunding of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), but went ahead with slashing police department programs, and reductions to the number of officers on the force. This is despite ongoing riots, vandalism of the homes of a council member and the mayor, and a depleted police force. On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council began voting on amendments of cuts to SPD for the revised Seattle budget. It was expected that the council would vote to defund the Seattle Police Department by 50 percent, as had been previously indicated. The council had boasted a veto proof majority to do so.

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