This morning’s Seattle Council Briefing was all over the place in terms of protocol and order of speakers, as the Council races to get as much done as possible before Budget Season begins next week. There is also a special meeting of the Public Safety and Human Services committee this Friday morning at 9:30am, where they will hear a presentation about the LEAD scale study report and the Office of Civil Rights Community Task Force report on the realignment of the criminal legal system. CM Herbold says she hopes the City can take the original strategic plan as well as this community task force report and use them to create a resolution to endorse a path forward to realignment. However, we probably won’t see such a resolution until December at the earliest because of budget work.
Certain CMs (notably CM Lewis and CP González) received a letter recently from a coalition of behavioral health providers requesting an emergency summit with local government leaders to discuss implementation of HB1310
, the state bill about permissible uses of force by law enforcement that passed earlier this year. Specifically, the letter asks for:
- a legal analysis of the bill and how it pertains to law enforcement helping with behavioral crisis events
- clarification about what instructions have been provided to law enforcement officers regarding this law
- identification and immediate implementation of alternate non-law enforcement interventions that can be deployed for behavioral crises, including scaling up existing resources and establishing new ones as needed
Expect more news about this after the summit has been convened.
This afternoon the Council voted on CM Sawant’s bill to ban SPD from training with countries that have a track record of human rights abuses, and the debate became VERY heated. In the end, the bill failed, with CM Sawant, Herbold, Morales, and Mosqueda voting in favor and CM Strauss, Juarez, Lewis, Pedersen, and CP González voting against.