Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan announced ridiculous plans on Monday to go after the city’s police force to please the leftist mob.
Durkan’s plan, which calls for $76 million in budget reductions to the police department, would also move certain functions away from the police department, including responding to 911 calls.
The first step would be to move civilian functions outside the police department, such as the city’s 911 call center, parking enforcement, the Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Police Accountability, Durkan said.
“We both recognize that we have a historical opportunity and obligation to reimagine how policing can be done in Seattle,” she said during a news briefing. “We believe deeply in broad community investments which can build greater community help and less need to call 911 for help.”
The plan comes after a coalition of groups asked the City Council last week to defund the Seattle police department by at least 50 percent. A majority of the council endorsed the demands.
The council’s proposal was so radical that even Mayor Durkan called it irresponsible. Police Chief Carmen Best called the proposal “reckless,” adding that it would lead to mass layoffs, including that of the black Americans which the “defund police” movement pretends to want to protect.
“There is simply no way safety will not be compromised if we fire 50 percent of our officers,” Best said.
In a letter to Durkan last week, Best also said such a reduction would force her to close a police precinct and the elimination of gang and domestic violence units, among others.
On Friday, the department tweeted that it has made an effort to hire more employees, officers and civilians that reflect the communities in which they serve. Drastic cuts would mean letting go of many of them, it said.
“To date, the City Council has done almost no analysis on SPD’s budget, 911 calls or staffing models needed for a 24/7 response in every part of the city. They haven’t even talked to the chief of police to get her views,” Durkan said. “This is simply not responsible. You can’t govern by Twitter or bumper sticker. Community safety is too important.”
Councilwoman Kshama Sawant said her office will demand that police budget for the remainder of the year be cut in half when the budget comes up for a vote in August.
“In Jul-Aug, Seattle City Council will vote on budget for rest of 2020. Estimate of 50% of Seattle police budget for rest of 2020 is $85M,” she tweeted Monday. “Our movement is demanding Defund police by at least 50%. My office & People’s Budget is proposing this $85M be removed, in the August vote.”
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan said that the “Socialists” on Seattle’s City Council are holding a “reasonable majority” of residents hostage by threatening to slash police spending by 50 percent.
“It’s absolutely a travesty,” Solan said during an appearance on Fox.
Solan warned that the defund police push in Seattle is “leading the way in how public safety will be conducted from this day forward” nationwide.
“If our reasonable community across this city, our state, and more importantly, our nation don’t wake up … crime will rise significantly, and over half, if not more, of the police jobs in our city will be eviscerated,” Solan said.
“This is coming into your neighborhood if we don’t wake up and stop this socialist threat immediately.”
President Trump called on police to push back against “Radical Left politicians” as the Democrats continue to unleash a wave of anti-police rhetoric and policy.
Early Monday, Trump bashed local Democrat politicians for treating their police officers “so badly” and “disrespectfully.”
“Never in history have Police been treated so badly as they are in Democrat run cities — and these cities are a mess. Police must take a stronger stand with the Radical Left politicians that are treating them so badly, and so disrespectfully!!!” Trump tweeted.