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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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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Seattle lawmakers successfully override mayor’s veto on $3 million police budget cut & 100 officer layoffs”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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.

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