Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is calling for more cops after the city saw six shootings in one weekend. This comes just months after she agreed to slash the police budget by 20 percent.
Fox News reports that Durkan made the comments in a news conference Monday. “As a city, we cannot continue on this current trajectory of losing police officers.
Over the past 17 months, the Seattle Police Department has lost 250 police officers which is the equivalent of over 300,000 service hours. We’re on path to losing 300 police officers.”
Many police officers across America have quit their force following the George Floyd-BLM protests, which were prominent in Seattle. This is due to the fact officers do not feel supported by local politicians.
However, as Seattle is seeing a sharp rise in crime, Durkan said that this is a reminder that police are needed.