Today’s Community Economic Development committee meeting, where we expected to hear a presentation of participatory budgeting, was postponed at the last minute due to the imminent delivery of the Chauvin verdict. It is supposed to be rescheduled sometime during the next week.
The CPC remains concerned that the Seattle Police Department’s use of force and crowd control policies do not do enough to keep protesters and other members of the community safe. Since 2017, we have recommended dozens of changes to these policies, including banning tear gas and blast balls, creating protections for protest medics, and instituting higher standards for when police can declare protests to be unlawful. Just this January, we gathered feedback from the community and held a town hall that helped the CPC make 15 additional, community-based recommendations
in this area. Many of these recommendations remain unimplemented.
We were not aware of SPD’s press release. However, if they are interested in better protecting our community by instituting changes to their crowd management policies – we remain ready to work with them to immediately implement the CPC’s recommendations.
Similarly, the average score citywide on the police legitimacy scale was 58.4, down slightly from 59.3 the year before. But if you look at the East Precinct, that number drops to 50.4; in 2019, it was 55.5. Going even further, Capitol Hill’s score was 48 and the Central Area’s 47.1 in 2020, signaling less trust of police in these communities.
Meanwhile, a more prosperous neighborhood like Madison Park scored 72.1 on the police legitimacy scale, indicating that residents there feel police to be more fair and trustworthy.
As we continue to move further into election season, it’s important to remember one of the deciding factors of the Seattle primaries will be who and how many turn out to vote on August 3.
Nathalie Graham wrote an insightful piece about Nikkita Oliver
, one of the candidates for City Council Seat 9. About policing in Seattle, Oliver says, “"I think we have spent a lot of years talking about changing the culture of policing…. There is no reforming policing as we know it. There is dismantling and building the public health and public safety system.” They go onto discuss how their platform about housing, transportation, health care, and child care creates their vision of what public safety can be.
Thank you for reading!