Seattle City Council Votes 7-2 to Veto Mayor and Defund the Police

The Seattle City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday evening to override a veto by Mayor Jenny Durkan of three budget bills that would have halted sharp cuts to the budget of the Seattle Police Department.

The council’s vote capped several hours worth of public debate about the controversial measure, all of it carried out online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two council members who voted against overriding the veto were
Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez.

“When I look back in this moment in time, I want to be able to tell my daughter, who I’m currently holding in my arms, that I did the right thing, and that I voted on the right side of history,” said council President Lorena Gonzalez.

“In my mind, the choice is clear,” said Councilmember Tammy Morales, who began her comments by reading the names of all of the men and women killed by Seattle police officers over the last decade. “We owe our black and indigenous community members about 400 years of investments.”

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