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Seattle City Council OKs cuts to police positions, budget

Seattle City Council OKs cuts to police positions, budget

Lisa Baumann
Created: August 10, 2020 09:50 PM

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has approved proposals that would reduce the police department by about 100 officers through layoffs and attrition - an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but strongly opposed by the mayor and police chief.

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Budget measures approved Monday would cut less than $4 million of the department’s $400 million annual budget this year.

Seattle has about 1,400 police officers and the reductions fall far short of the 50% cut to the department that many Black Lives Matter protesters are seeking.

Council members say the cuts are a first step.

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