Seattle Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced the city will be dismantling the CHAZ/CHOP Paradise Lost experiment after the recent shootings in the seven block zone taken over by left wing extremists. They had allegedly turned the area into a no-police zone. READ: Seattle will move to dismantle ‘CHOP’ zone after shootings, mayor says
So while she is pledging to end CHAZ, it appears the mayor has bigger plans for Seattle.
Mayor Durkan also announced that there will be major funding cuts to the Seattle police force in an effort to counter the economic fallout from the city imposed lockdown due to the Coronavirus. This will include a $20 million cut for the remainder of the year.
But there are more police cuts coming. Fox News reports:
Demonstrators occupying the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or the CHOP, have called for the police department’s budget to be slashed by 50 percent. But the mayor’s proposal accounts for just a 5 percent decrease in the police budget for the rest of the year, according to the Times.
Durkan will also ask the Seattle Police Department to prepare models of 20, 30 and 50 percent budget reductions and implement an immediate hiring freeze for all sworn officers in 2021 until a “new staffing model and plan is developed reflecting community priorities for public safety.”
So, does Durkan think CHAZ’s no police experiment worked so well, she plans to implement it for the whole city?