These Are the Police Forces Facing Funding Cuts in Wake of George Floyd's Death

A number of police forces have announced they will be implementing drastic changes to how they are run in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, as calls for the defunding of departments nationwide continue to grow.

Seattle Police could be the latest force to have their budget slashed so the money can be allocated elsewhere, such as on supporting social and community-based projects involving those the police are meant to protect.

Teresa Mosqueda, chair of Seattle's Council's Select Budget Committee, called for a radical dismantling of the Seattle Police Department, including cutting the department's $400 million annual budget by half.

The move arrives as the force faces criticism for using tear gas against those protesting the death Floyd. despite Mayor Jenny Durka has announced a 30-day ban on its deployment, and claims the officers have been using disproportionate force against demonstrators.

"What we're hearing from the community right now is that our residents do not feel safe in our own city from our own police," Mosqueda told council members on Monday while announcing plans to commit to defunding the police.

Mosqueda said that ideally at least 50 percent of the police's budget will ideally be redirected to "invest back into communities that we've failed."

The Seattle Police Department's $400 million budget is estimated to be around one-quarter of the city's general-fund budget.

Mayor Durkin previously rejected calls to cut the police's budget by 50 percent.

The debate in Seattle follows on from the news that the Minneapolis Police Department will be dismantled in the wake of Floyd's death.

Nine out of 13 councilors voted in favor of the move, which aimed to end the city's "toxic relationship" with the police and to "re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe."

The move was rejected by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, but he admitted that "deep, structural reform" is needed to address issues such as racism within the police.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that he will be cutting funds to the NYPD so the money could be used for youth and social services, but did not confirm when this will occur or how much will be slashed.

"The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead, but I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people," de Blasio told a press conference.

"And I also will affirm while doing that, we will only do it in a way that we are certain continues to ensure that this city will be safe."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also pledged to cut $150 million from his city's police budget, prompting anger from some after referring to those on the force as "killers."

Elsewhere, Portland Public Schools announced it will no longer be deploying police officers on school grounds as they seek to "re-examine our relationship" in the wake of Floyd's death.

Districts in St. Paul, Minnesota and Denver are also considering similar changes.

In Chicago, Rossana Rodríguez Sanchez, an alderman for the city's 33rd ward, has expressed support for defunding the police.

"When we say #DefundThePolice we mean developing alternatives to racist punishment and brutality," she tweeted. "This work has been around for a while and it's a great tool to rethink our ideas of what public safety should look like."

However, in California the San Diego City Council rejected calls from the public to decrease the budget and instead voted through plans to increase it $27 million for the next year.

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People walk down 16th street after “Defund The Police” was painted on the street near the White House on June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty