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Mayor Durkan's proposed budget slashes $20 million from Seattle Police Department

KOMO-TV Seattle logo KOMO-TV Seattle 6/24/2020 Matt Markovich, KOMO News Reporter
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Mayor Jenny Durkan's rebalancing of the 2020 budget doesn't have the draconian cuts for the Seattle Police Department that some want to see.

The city needs to find $378 million to cover the costs of COVID-19 and lost tax revenue.

Durkan's proposal cut's $20 million from police budget. That's five percent, not 50 percent that some would like to see.

But council members haven't seen the budget so Tuesday's topic was more about "CHOP" and the councils' ban on chemical and projectile crowd control methods.

"A life might have been saved if not for the circumstances of hasty legislation," said Seattle Police Chief Carmen BEst.

But the council's ban would not take effect until July and a federal court order that does the same thing is already in place.

The council member chairing the committee overseeing police said don't blame the council.

"I don't understand how tear gas would have helped save that young man's life on Saturday," said Councilmember Lisa Herbold. "When police arrived after he had been transported out of the area."

Durkan said Monday she wants "CHOP" disbanded voluntarily but is still relying on black community leaders to convince chop leaders to do so.

"We've got people working there right now to deescalate to tell people its time to go home," Durkan said. "I'm hopeful those organizations have some success."

Police reform activist, Andre Taylor, has been a go between the city and "CHOP."

"Agitators are going to cost you to be responsible for allot of people if something has to happen because if I put myself in the mayor's position I have to act when violence is around, I have to," Taylor said. 

Durlan said there's going to be a phased plan to reclaim "CHOP" this week, but no details were given.

City Council will discuss Durkan's rebalanced budget Wednesday.


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