The battle between Seattle’s mayor and its city council over funding for the police department continued today. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced she would be vetoing a new budget passed by the city council which would cut 100 officers from the department.
“There’s no plan for how the city will bridge potential gaps in the police response caused if we lose 100 police officers,” Durkan said. She continued, “There’s no plan for how we could even accomplish an out-of-order layoff or the alternative, cut one of the most diverse groups of recruits that we’ve had. And there’s no plan that I can support to cut 40 percent of the salaries who are in the ranks and leadership of the Seattle police department who have valid agreements with our city and who have been working to provide community safety to every part of our city.
“For all of these reasons I respectfully have vetoed the Council’s 2020 budget proposal…I believe each of these bills seek to spend money we simply do not have.”