Seattle mayor, police chief urge slow down of police cuts

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Best say they are against proposals by City Council members to reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers this year through layoffs and attrition. In a remote news conference Tuesday, Durkan and Best urged the council to hold off on additional cuts until the 2021 budget, arguing reductions would be too hard to make right away and ill-advised. The Seattle Times reports that has been the stance of the mayor and police chief since Black Lives Matter demonstrations began in Seattle following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Defunding advocates say the department’s budget is bloated and reforms have failed and to stop police killings.