Councilmember Kshama Sawant laid out the specifics of her proposal Thursday to cut the Seattle Police Department’s remaining 2020 budget by 50%.
Sawant introduced her plan in the form of upcoming amendments to the city budget, making it the first instance of the “defund SPD” movement taking official legislative form.
Her proposal would cut $85 million, totaling 50% from SPD’s remaining $170 million budget in 2020. That would include the original $16 million in cuts Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed in late June, which would encompass a freeze on the hiring of new officers, and limits on new equipment and training.
The remaining $69 million in cuts would be seen in “across-the-board reductions in patrol and other operations,” while eliminating the city’s Navigation Team (and subsequently its existing infrastructure for sweeping homeless camps).
That money would then be allocated as follows:
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