Defunding Police: Seattle City Council Rejects Mayor’s Veto
If you’re looking for a city official in Seattle more unhinged and more beholden to leftist anarchists than Mayor Jenny Durkan, you actually don’t have too look very far. A glance over at the Seattle City Council will quickly give you at least 7 politicians even less connected to reality than Durkan – the woman who sat idly by and let anarchists take over a piece of downtown for weeks! How do we know this? Because this week the City Council voted 7-2 to override the mayor’s veto of a bill that will slash police funding in Seattle by approximately $3 million.
“We cannot look away from this and we can no longer accept the status quo if we truly believe that Black lives matter,” Council President Lorena Gonzalez said.
The bill will not only cut an extraordinary amount of money from the police department, it will immediately take as many as 100 officers out of the agency and put a cap on all Police Department pay at $150,000.
While this may seem like an insane move, rest assured that the City Council sees it as only the beginning. They have told voters that the bill is merely a “down payment” on its goal of defunding police by 50%, and they are focused on making that dream a reality in 2021.
The City Council’s unwise meddling has already led to the resignation of Police Chief Carmen Best, the first female African-American in Seattle history to lead the department. She told the press that the cuts had forced her in a “position destined to fail.” One can only imagine how many other good police officials Seattle will lose due to their sworn hostility towards law enforcement.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe,” Gonzalez said in additional remarks. “Countless videos of Black and brown lives lost here in Seattle and across the country shows us that not everyone feels safe. We need public safety that’s centered on harm reduction, not the status quo. When I look back in this moment of time, I want to be able to tell my daughter, who I’m currently holding in my arms, that I did the right thing and that I voted on the right side of history.”
It’s bad enough that newspaper columnists, clueless protesters, and rioters are using misleading videos to make decisions about what to do; it’s a crime that elected officials are relying on the same bad information.