Individual Sign On: Support the Call to
Defund the Seattle Police Department
By signing on to this document, you are endorsing the following statement:
Police reform efforts—from Minneapolis to Seattle—have failed. To stop police violence, the police must be reduced in size, in budget, and in scope. The police have never served as an adequate response to social problems. They are rooted in violence against Black people. In order to protect Black lives, this moment calls for investing and expanding our safety and well-being beyond policing. To that end, we demand:
1- Seattle’s Mayor and City Council must immediately defund Seattle Police Department (SPD). The city faces a $300 million budget shortfall due to COVID-19. Seattle City Council should propose and vote for a 50% cut from the $363 million already budgeted for SPD.
2- Seattle’s Mayor and City Council must protect and expand investments to make our communities safe, prioritizing community-led health and safety strategies. Full access to affordable housing, community-based anti-violence programs, trauma services and treatment, universal childcare, and free public transit are just a few of the non-police solutions to social problems.
3- The Seattle City Attorney must not prosecute protesters, including those arrested violating curfew, and those living in encampments. Protesters took to the streets to call for the end of the murders of Black people by police, and SPD unnecessarily escalated tensions and violence.
Our schools, workplaces, and government offices frequently collaborate with police. The police are an occupying force in Black communities. Their brutality towards Black people is condoned and accepted as business as usual. We urge all local governmental and non-governmental entities to cut ties with the SPD. When they put on their badges, police officers cease to be members of the working class. In fact their primary role is to surveil, control, and silence all forms of dissent to support the continuity of a racist, harmful, murderous status quo.
#BlackLivesMatter #DefundSPD #DisarmSPD #DismantleSPD #DecriminalizeSeattle #CareNotCages #FreeThePeople #FreeThemAllWA #DecriminalizeSeattle #CharleenaLyles #ShawnFuhr #TommyLe #CheTaylor #JTWilliams #IsaiahObet #JesseSarey #JusticeForStoney #SayTheirNames
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There’s an excellent op-ed in today’s Wall St. Journal by Jason Reilly. ( https://www.wsj.com/articles/good-policing-saves-black-lives-11591052916?shareToken=st44b34d23c0504dd88768b86048083b18 ) He references a study (one of several if I remember right) that shows two key points about police:
1. Police shootings are not disproportionate involving black people; instead they are race-neutral (when measured correctly, i.e., against crime rate).
2. When political investigations of police happen, policing becomes somewhere between anemic and non-existent for a while, resulting in hundreds of additional deaths and crime victimizations — primarily victimizing blacks.
This petition looks like it was inspired by the 1619 project. If so, then I would also expect a 1619 attack on 2A since according to 1619, the 2A was ‘created’ to allow slavers to use guns to enslave black people.
I would hope that most people would recognize the fictional history in the 1619 narrative, but the public and officials falling all over themself to praise the protesters suggest otherwise.
If the Seattle PD gets disbanded, that responsibility can be transferred to the King County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff is an elected position, whereas the Police Chief is a position that is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the Seattle mayor. (If I understand the arrangement properly.)
This may be a briar patch situation.
LOL. I agree with your assessment.
Or by unofficial militias. And of course there will be no police to suppress them.
But then again, it sounds like there are proposals to make the King Co. Sheriff position an appointed one, so says the Seattle Times.
Well, if they come to your neighborhood looking to redistribute your lifetime’s accumulated wealth, help them by distributing it 55 to 750 grains at a time, as necessary, via airmail delivery. I’m sure they’ll thank you from the bottom of their newly revealed change of heart.
These are interesting. Not just commies, useful idiots.