Defund police efforts target Seattle encampment enforcement

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to dismantle a team of police and outreach workers tasked with relocating homeless people to shelter before removing their encampments. KOMO-TV reported that the council decided Wednesday in a 5-4 vote to strip funding away from the Seattle Navigation Team and redirect the money to community programs for the homeless as efforts are made to defund the police department. Some have criticized the team’s tactics, saying it is effective at sweeping tents away but not in connecting people to the help they need to end homelessness. The council is scheduled to vote on a final budget next week.