Seattle City Council rejects effort to block police hiring

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has rejected a proposal intended to block more than 100 police officers from being hired in 2021. The Seattle Times reported Thursday that the measure was promoted by a coalition of local organizations, including one that emerged as a leader during Black Lives Matter demonstrations. In July, most council members agreed the Police Department should have its funding reduced by 50%, with the money shifted to other needs. Even without a hiring freeze, Seattle’s leaders are poised to transfer 911 call-takers, parking enforcement officers and mental-health workers out of the Police Department.