Seattle City Council member to propose police alternative

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council member is introducing legislation to redirect money from the police budget to creating a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program. The Seattle Times reports the proposal from council member Andrew Lewis would send unarmed medics and crisis workers to reports of people in mental health crisis. Amid continuing protests in Seattle and around the nation where protesters are calling for defunding police, Lewis sees this new response replacing police in these situations and lowering police caseloads.

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