Seattle City Council OKs budget with nearly 20% police cut
Added 11-24-20 05:22:02pm EST - “The Seattle City Council approved the city's 2021 budget with reductions to the police budget, though not as much as activists sought amid mass demonstrations against police brutality over the summer.” - Washingtontimes.com
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SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget with reductions to the police budget, though not as much as activists sought amid mass demonstrations against police brutality over the summer.
The council voted Monday to shrink the budget of the Seattle Police Department by about 18%, which includes cuts to overtime and training, KING-TV reported.
Dozens of vacant jobs will not be filled and 911 dispatchers and parking enforcement will be moved out of police jurisdiction. Millions of dollars will instead go to community programs.
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“We’ve crafted a 2021 budget that invests in what we need most - affordable housing, public health measures, community safety, the environment, and economic recovery,” said council member Teresa Mosqueda, chair of the Budget Committee.
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