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Seattle Mayor Proposes Shifting $76 Million from Police Budget

HeadlineJul 14, 2020

In Washington state, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed cutting $76 million from the Police Department’s budget in 2021. Durkan’s roughly 20% proposed budget cut would mostly come from transferring the city’s 911 call and dispatch center, parking enforcement officers and other functions outside the police department, as well as halting the expansion of Seattle’s police force next year. The Seattle Times reports the cuts would likely not result in any savings that could be redirected to other needs as demanded by protesters, who for weeks have urged police funds to be transferred to community services. Mayor Durkan and the Seattle police chief have also reportedly slammed deeper cuts to the police budget which Seattle’s City Council has vowed to push for.

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