Police & Public Safety

Bruce Harrell sits at a desk signing some orders at City Hall with a dozen supporters looking on.

Bruce Harrell Stakes Claim to Center Lane in Seattle Mayor Bid

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Former City Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced his bid for Mayor of Seattle today. While light on policy specifics, the themes Harrell stressed included decreasing...
Lorena González smiling in a headshot photo.

Lorena González Envisions a More Equitable City in Mayoral Bid

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If you haven’t heard by now, Council President M. Lorena González is running for mayor. González is a known quantity in Seattle government and governance....
Mike Solan, a white guy in a suit on the CIty Inside Out program.

Besieged and Defiant: Seattle Police Guild President Solan Defends Fascist Coup

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Eight of nine Seattle City Councilmembers demanded Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) president Mike Solan's resignation on Monday, following a freewheeling week during which...

Seattle City Council Passes 2021 Budget with 18% Cut to Police Department

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The war of spin is well under way to frame the outcome of a 8-1 vote setting next year's City budget. After weeks of debate,...
The memorials along the East Precinct police station--now christened the Capitol Hill Community Center--keep growing. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Hesitant Councilmembers Thwart ‘No New Cops’ Solidarity Budget

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The Seattle City Council voted against a police officer hiring freeze yesterday, despite a strong "No New Cops" campaign from the Solidarity Budget coalition,...
An aerial photo of the South Park Bridge under construction with the Duwamish Valley in the background.

Georgetown-to-South Park Trail Will Be a Reality Thanks to Council Budget

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Budget Chair Teresa Mosqueda released her rebalancing package for the 2021 budget this week with $83 million in changes to Mayor Jenny Durkan's budget...
Police hold nightsticks in full riot gear behind a metal fence as protesters march by.

Solidarity Budget Coalition Asks for Deeper SPD Cuts, No New Cops

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Budget Chair Teresa Mosqueda unveiled the Seattle City Council's rebalancing package for the 2021 budget this week and laid out $83 million in changes...
Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda with colleagues Tammy Morales to right and Lorena Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant to left during election rally at Amazon Spheres. (Credit: Teresa Mosqueda)

Seattle Gets Improved Revenue Forecast, Mosqueda Prepares to Release Budget

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Mayor Durkan's cut-heavy austerity budget may be history after Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda submits her counterproposal. The Seattle City Council has been digesting Mayor Jenny Durkan's...