Seattle City Council proposal would defund police force in favor of civilian-led department

Seattle City Council proposal would defund police force in favor of civilian-led department
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[Ed. – I don’t know how people think their constitutional rights can be protected if policing functions aren’t performed by sworn officers.  There doesn’t seem to be an organized provision for that.  You can’t just turn over poorly-defined intervention functions to some gaggle of random public employees and expect to benefit rigorously from the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.  There’s no telling what will happen to you.  Which for radical leftists is a feature, not a bug – and one we’re obviously already behind the curve in thinking about.]

The Seattle City Council proposed a resolution to defund the city’s police department and create a “Civilian-led Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention” on Friday.

The new resolution prioritizes the creation of a civilian-led safety department to supervise the city police. The resolution also aims to reassign current police responsibilities, including emergency dispatchers and parking enforcement, to other city departments and shift an unspecified amount of money from the city’s police to fund “community-based investments.”

The resolution says the council is dedicated to “addressing the racist institution of policing” and confronting “the Seattle Police Department’s role in perpetuating racism and violence.” It also blames the police department for using tear gas and rubber bullets to control violent rioters in the city.

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