The Seattle City Council approved proposals Monday that would reduce the police department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs, according to Breitbart News.
The move is supported by those who have run amok in the streets of the city following the death of George Floyd.
“While we can’t do everything in this summer rebalancing package, we have set the path forward for tremendous work in front of us as a council and as a city,” Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda said.
This means that it would cut less than $4 million of the department’s $400 million annual budget this year passed out of committee unanimously last week.
Reportedly, Mayor Jenny Durkan and Best had encouraged the council to slow down its discussions about police budgets.
She allegedly said that the issue should be taken up in 2021 when the city budget is being considered.
Durkan has already targeted about $20 million in savings from the police budget this year, largely because of reduced revenues amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Seattle currently has about 1,400 police officers and the reductions fell short of the 50 percent cut to the department that many Black Lives Matter protesters are seeking. Several council members on Monday said the changes were a starting point in a long process to reimagine policing and public safety.
The City Council also cut Police Chief Carmen Best’s roughly $285,000 annual salary and the pay of other top police leaders, although the final cuts to Best’s salary were more modest than those approved last week. The council plan also takes officers off a team that removes homeless camps.