Seattle Police Department Says They’ll Fire Most of Their Non-White Officers If the City Cuts Police Budget

An image of activist Angela Davis is displayed above the entrance to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, vacated June 8, and now surrounded by streets reopened to pedestrians forming an area named the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, Washington on June 12, 2020.

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) said they would lay off more than 50-percent of their Black, Indigenous and other non-white officers in response to the Seattle City Council’s proposed budget cuts.

Those substantial cuts, which seem likely to pass at present, are themselves in response to “Defund the Police” activism and organizing that quickly became a nationally recognizable aspect of the Black Lives Matter movement following the Minneapolis Police Department’s killing of
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