Another liberal city so intent on getting rid of cops now realizes it screwed the pooch.
So now it wants to hire more….which means the social workers hired to replace them will also stay on the payroll.
Just like what was intended…..grow government, fuck over the taxpayers.
The shootings, five of which took place within blocks of each other, left four people dead and seven injured.
The shootings took place in the Belltown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown International District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Another shooting took place in Lake City.
‘As a city, we cannot continue on this current trajectory of losing police officers,’ Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a press conference. ‘Over the past 17 months, the Seattle Police Department has lost 250 police officers which is the equivalent of over 300,000 service hours. We’re on path to losing 300 police officers.’
The Seattle Police Department saw more than 20% of its officers quit due to what they called an ‘anti-police climate’ in the city amid the Black Lives Matter protests and calls to defund the police.
Durkan said she plans to submit a new plan to hire more officers to restore its numbers.
She added that the shootings were part of a national epidemic that saw more than 900 shootings in cities across the country last week, the Seattle Times reports.
In a Fox News article and according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the total number of shootings countywide this year is 33% higher compared to the same time period between 2017 and 2020. The total number of people shot this year in Seattle also increased 61% compared to the same time period in previous years.
Durkan clashed with the Seattle City Council last year over police funding, but the council ultimately voted to defund the police budget by roughly 17 percent this year, Fox reports.
Earlier this year, the city council also proposed possibly reducing the budget further by another $5.4 million, Kings 5, an NBC affiliate station reported. Such cuts have not been made yet.
Durkan ultimately vetoed a resolution attempting to strip funding from law enforcement, according to Fox.
‘Not unexpected, losing these number of officers, when city leaders talk about cutting the department by 50%,’ Durkan said. ‘You will lose employees. Families need security. Workers, even police officers, need working conditions that support them. We cannot just cut. We need a plan.’
Tensions also grew between city officials and police last summer over the handling of the ‘autonomous zone’ protestors set up to operate outside the city’s laws.
Armed protesters erected barriers and set up encampments around the zone, which was plagued by weeks of violence, looting, and vandalism.