Did Seattle Just End ‘Defund the Police?’

  • “Stop killing us! Stop killing us! Stop killing us!”
  • This is one of many chants that united national uprisings in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
  • As the nation and world saw mass uprisings that challenged the legitimacy of policing bureaucracy, many activists, young people and even some insulated homeowners, organized under the banner “Defund the Police.”
  • Seattle, a city that amassed a vast defund movement, saw an ambitious commitment to cut the Seattle Police Department (SPD) budget. In July 2020, seven of the nine Seattle City Council members committed to defund the SPD by 50%.
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