Seattle City Council overrides mayor's veto of policing cuts
SEATTLE — The City Council voted Tuesday to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of council bills meant to start shrinking the police force and scaling up community solutions this year. Council members chose to stick with the 2020 budget bills instead of a substitute proposal that the mayor had said she could accept.The veto-override votes on the three bills were preceded by more than an hour of public comments, with most speakers urging council members to “hold the line” against the mayor and demonstrate they were listening to the Black Lives Matter movement. Several council members then shar...
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Attorney General William Barr Proposes Sedition Charges Against Racism Protesters, Prosecuting Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to charge rioters and any others who committed violent crimes at recent protests with sedition.Barr’s unusual comments came during a call with officials across the country, including U.S. attorneys.He listed several charges prosecutors could potentially bring against protesters who became violent or rioters, including assaulting a federal officer, rioting, use of explosives, racketeering and sedition.The New York Times reported that after Barr spoke, Richard Donoghue, a top aide to the deputy attorney general, noted that some of the cities...
Seattle clears 'autonomous zone' set up to protest police brutality
Seattle (AFP) - Seattle law enforcement moved in early Wednesday to clear out a self-governed autonomous zone created by protesters against police abuse three weeks ago.A large force of officers in riot gear began forcing out self-described occupiers of the six-block "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" zone at 5 am local time (1200GMT).At least 31 people were arrested for failure to disperse, obstruction, assault and unlawful possession of weapons including knives and large metal pipes, police said.Police Chief Carmen Best told reporters Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered the area cleared after a surge i...