Nearly 20% Of Seattle Cops Quit Amid National Protests, Budget Cuts | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Nearly 20% Of Seattle Cops Quit Amid National Protests, Budget Cuts

The revelation comes after more than a year of violent clashes with anti-police protesters from BLM and Antifa, and a city council which has neutered the Seattle PD's ability to use crowd control devices that social justice activists say didn't go far enough.

In short, the situation is abysmal, leading to roughly 260 officers packing it up for good.

"The support that we had in my generation of policing is no longer there," said Seattle officer Clayton Powell, who is retiring three years before his 30th year on the force. "When you see businesses get destroyed and families lose their livelihood because of that destruction and we can't do anything about it. We're not allowed to intercede."

Last summer's protests over the killing of George Floyd led to violent clashes with Seattle police. Powell said the stress on officers was compounded by city leaders' decisions to abandon a police precinct and letting demonstrators, some armed, occupy an entire neighborhood for a whole month. As a result, Powell said he and other officers had rocks, bottles, and in some cases, cinder blocks thrown at them, and they had to "stand there and take it."

City leaders allowed the police-free zone after protesters were repeatedly hit by tear gas but closed it down after weeks of violence. City Councilwoman Tammy Morales voted for a 13% cut in the police budget in November — and $5 million of funding cuts are still on the table for the police department.

Meanwhile, the money cut from the police budget has yet to be re-allocated. In other words, it was done out of spite to appease the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many years ago, post-exhile from Los Angeles, Mike and I lived just down the I-90 in a little town called North Bend, and Seattle was a marvellous place to go for art, music, and theatre.

But what I predict will happen, for those unable to afford 24/7 security services, is that people are going to vote with their feet, leaving this once-proud city with a bad case of extraordinarily low state tax revenue.