Seattle lawmakers successfully override mayor's veto on $3 million police budget cut & 100 officer layoffs
Added 09-23-20 12:37:02am EST - “The Seattle City Council has voted to overturn Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto on legislation that would slash millions of dollars from the local police budget, a move cheered by activist groups and reviled by some residents.” - Rt.com
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The council overturned Durkan’s veto by a vote of 7-2, securing exactly the number of votes needed to put the legislation into effect.
“In the wake of a racial reckoning, a $300 million budget shortfall, a pandemic, a climate crisis, a homelessness crisis... and a lack of federal leadership, our fundamental duty remains: to balance the City’s budget and meet the needs of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents,” city council president Lorena Gonzalez said in a statement.
Seattle City Council President @CMLGonzalez issued the following statement after the Council voted 7-2 on Council Bill 119825, overturning the Mayor’s veto: https://t.co/ysgVzEdXNM
City lawmakers also negated vetoes for two other bills unrelated to law enforcement, however the police defunding bill, originally passed in August, will cut some $3 million from the Seattle Police Department’s $400 million budget and reduce the force by 100 employees, including 32 patrol officers. The legislation will also abolish Seattle’s “Navigation Team,” an agency that works with police to disband homeless encampments around the city.
While the $3 million cut is far from the massive 50-percent budget reduction sought by the council over the summer, police accountability activists have nonetheless celebrated the overturned veto, including local groups Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now, which issued a joint statement after Tuesday’s vote.
Thank you Seattle City Council for keeping your promise to the people and overriding the Mayor's veto of police budget cuts. Thank you for hearing us where the mayor would not. https://t.co/aE4JNGNRzG— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) September 23, 2020
The Seattle City Council just overrided the Mayor's veto, beginning the defunding of the Seattle police.We're winning.To everyone who says that rioting was counterproductive, you can eat my whole anarchist ass.You can't argue with results.❤️????✊ https://t.co/huHzWHcWEV— AntiFash Gorgon (@AntiFashGordon) September 23, 2020
Love my anarchist jurisdiction. https://t.co/CoNMs22frr— Josh Rosenau (@JoshRosenau) September 23, 2020
Seattle City Council voted to override the Mayor's veto of their dangerous defund police bill. This Council will *always* side with socialists and criminal activists. They are the enemy of sane constituents because they don't respect us. https://t.co/0WOpkVsQHs— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 23, 2020
If you live in Seattle, leave. https://t.co/WQwNvkXIt0— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) September 23, 2020
Looks as though Seattle is doing to learn the hard way as has Chicago as to what happens when you defund the police! Then they'll try to blame the spike in the crime rate on the police when it can be laid at the City Councils door.Poor Seattle!!— Vaughan Ellis (@VaughanEllis2) September 23, 2020
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