Seattle City Council is facing calls to cut police funds

26 days ago

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Seattle City Council individuals were pressed during a Wednesday meeting to redirect a huge number of dollars in reserves scheduled for the police office to network programs, while others embraced moving 911 dispatchers from division control.

The two recommendations were made by Decriminalize Seattle, an alliance of gatherings calling to defund the police division by in any event 50 percent.

The Seattle Times revealed that most 911 calls Seattle police react to are noncriminal calls, for example, unsettling influences, stopping issues, and open help.

“We believe 911 dispatch should be removed from SPD control,” said Angélica Cházaro, a representative from Decriminalize Seattle who was invited to present to the council’s budget committee, according to the newspaper. “911 calls should be referred, whenever appropriate, to non-police responders.”

Chazaro likewise told the chamber more than 300 gatherings have embraced its requests to reallocate parts of the police division's $409 million financial plan and the arrival of nonconformists captured in the midst of long stretches of clamorous showings without criminal accusations.

“The time for reforms has passed,” she said. “It’s clear to us now that more training, more accountability measures (for police officers) are not going to cut it. We need to move away from armed responses to social problems.”

Council individuals Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, Teresa Mosqueda, and M. Lorena González have said half of the office's spending plan ought to be occupied somewhere else, yet they didn't know where the assets ought to go.

A month ago, Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed cutting the police spending plan by $20 million to compensate for the monetary destruction brought about by the coronavirus pandemic that has taken up some portion of the city's financial plan, as indicated by the Times.