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Recently, the Seattle City Council voted to override the mayor’s veto of a budget that drastically cut funds for the Seattle Police Department, and stopped funding the city’s “Navigation Team,” which did outreach to the increasing number of unsheltered people in the city. The Navigation Team’s effectiveness was hampered by its requirement that the homeless who were offered shelter could accept, or reject that shelter. Most rejected.
Today, we see some of the results of the city council’s actions, even before the budget is effective: Seattle’s Denny Park is riddled with crime, drugs, and homelessness.
The government of Seattle is manifestly not protecting its citizens from rampant crime and drug-dealing. Homeless camps have been allowed to take over Denny Park, and other Seattle parks. Seattle will continue to be a less-livable city once the police budget is slashed, and officers are let go. It seems that Seattle is more interested in protecting its criminals than its law-abiding citizens. It will be interesting to see how long this deterioration can go on before the citizens come to their senses and change their government.Published in