Why Seattle And Their Police Department Is In Trouble

Why Seattle And Their Police Department Is In Trouble
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

George Floyd protesters have occupied for the last several weeks a “police-free” Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) within Seattle’s East Precinct. They want city officials to defund the police and reallocate resources to neighborhoods.

The responses from local, state, and national authorities have ranged from Mayor Jenny Durkan, who called the zone “a block party,” to President Donald Trump, who referred to the occupants as “anarchists.” For their part, Seattle police worked to “reduce our footprint” in the area.

In consideration of the current debate, our auditors at OpentheBooks.com dug into Seattle’s pay and pension records for 2019 to figure out how the city is actually spending taxpayer money.

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