Seattle council’s post-election stance on police funding begins to take shape

In what will become the first litmus test for Seattle City Council’s position on police funding after the general election, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has introduced a counter resolution to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s order to increase hiring bonuses to Seattle Police Department.

Many of the progressive candidates who championed the restructuring of SPD’s budget to facilitate more articulate emergency service triage were voted down in their respective elections.

Sawant’s counter resolution removes most of the language which would grant SPD candidates up to $25,000 per new hire.

In council sessions on Nov. 8, Sawant made her opposition to Mayor Durkan’s police funding resolution clear, calling the payment a “shocking double

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