Seattle City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto, Cuts Police Budget

Citizens in Seattle have rallied in support of defunding their city's police department. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)

The Seattle City Council has voted to override its mayor's veto of funding reductions to the city's police department.

Dozens of police officers will lose their positions as a result of this first round of Seattle's effort to defund the police.

The finalized cuts, which begin in November, include removal of up to 100 police officers from various units, eliminating their navigation team and limiting top command staff pay to $150,000 according to MyNorthwest.com.

"We cannot look away from this and we can no longer accept the status quo if we truly believe that Black lives matter," said City Council President Lorena Gonzalez.

The council originally approved the cuts in a 7-1 vote on Aug. 10 to slash police funds by 14% for the remainder of 2020. Mayor Jenny Durkan vetoed that attempt. But now the council has voted via a video conference to overturn Durkan's veto.

Durkan and council members have debated for months over how to revamp the city budget, which was devastated by COVID-19 and the rise in violence over the summer.

In a release, Mayor Durkan emphasized her concern over the council's conduct and the subsequent risks.

"There's a lack of plan on addressing encampments across the city if we eliminated the navigation team, a lack of a plan regarding the specific source to repay a loan and a lack of a plan to legally reduce our force while not jeopardizing a 911 response. While Council may not be concerned about the details, I am. And they actually do matter," she said.

"Our community is demanding that we work together," she added. "Even when we disagree, I have always believed we could work together on actual solutions that can be done and make the change we want to see."

For more of this story, see our content partners at cbnnews.com.


To contact us or to submit an article, click here.


Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

It's a NEW YEAR! Get ready for a NEW YOU!

  • New Year Discounts On Book Bundles & Gifts: Click Here to view all our bundles and save up to 72%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • Go Deeper with God in a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all eight of our free courses. Topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Anointed Woman Of God: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Never Stop Praying - Prayer Changes Everything! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • New Year - New You - Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for two years for Only $29.97 and get two free gifts. Gift #1 The Harbinger. Gift #2 The Harbinger II. Both books are by New York Times Best-Selling author Jonathan Cahn. View Offer

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective