While the disaster known as the “CHAZ/CHOP” occupied zone has now been dismantled, the majority of Seattle’s City Council appears ready to move forward with a major defunding of the police, something state Floyd protesters have been pushing for.
Kiro7 reports the majority of Seattle City Council is now backing proposals to defund Seattle’s police department by 50%, despite concerns from the mayor’s office and Seattle’s police chief that council members are moving too quickly and without enough widespread community engagement.
A coalition called Decriminalize Seattle presented a plan to the budget committee to redirect millions from the city budget to community organizations.
“The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Council President Lorena Gonzalez said Thursday, adding that while she previously believed in police reform, she now believes in rebuilding. “We have to take away the things that no longer and should have never belonged to law enforcement in the first place,” she said.
It was a sentiment echoed by other council members, including budget Chair Teresa Mosqueda.
“I look forward to implementing the proposals outlined by you all,” Mosqueda said during a news conference with the Decriminalize Seattle coalition and supporters.