Seattle implodes after defunding the police

By Laurel Duggan

Seattle’s efforts to defund its police department and transfer its duties to other city agencies resulted in $5 million worth of wrongful parking tickets and other administrative dysfunction, according to The Seattle Times.

Seattle is refunding roughly 100,000 parking tickets worth approximately $5 million total after transferring parking enforcement duties from police to civilian parking enforcement officers in the fall of 2021, finding that the civilian officers lacked the legal authority to write the tickets, according to The Seattle Times. Parking officers also conducted more than 10,000 car tows and impounded 1,700 cars without the proper authority during this period.

“What’s going to happen here is that we’re going to get sued, I can guarantee it,” said Chuck Labertew, president of Lincoln Towing, which has the sole contract for city-initiated towing, according to The Seattle Times. “And I’m going to forward every one of those lawsuits on over to the city.”

The decision to remove this responsibility from police was part of a push in 2020 to reduce police funding and have civilians take on jobs typically handled by police, according to The Seattle Times. The City Council cut the police budget by 17% in 2020, far short of its 50% goal.

The cost of the city’s mistake may not be limited to the $5 million in refunded tickets: people will likely contest the tows and impounds authorized by the non-police parking authority, Labertew told The Seattle Times, but the city will not refund those tows automatically.

On top of the $5 million parking ticket debacle, efforts to defund the police have limited law enforcement’s ability to prosecute serious crimes: the Seattle Police Department is not investigating new sexual assault cases due to understaffing after more than 400 officers left the force, according to The Seattle Times.

Crime has soared in Seattle in recent years: the city saw a 95% increase in shots fired and a 171% increase in people being shot from 2021 to 2022, according to The Seattle Times. Seattle’s violent crime rate, which had been steady for 30 years, suddenly jumped 20% in 2021.

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2 thoughts on “Seattle implodes after defunding the police

  1. Why on earth do people keep voting in what is so clearly not working and further, it’s worse than “Not Working”, these insane ideas have cities across America falling into what is really modern day warzones.. it’s easy to see that the shooting WILL Start at some point.

    It’s literally impossible for normal thinking people to live in, raise healthy families in, and conduct business in these Leftist created disasters.
    They are falling from the results of One Party Rule because as is said over and over “Good People Vote With Their Feet”.
    There is not a NO Vote, there is not a Conservative voice anymore to hold the budgets down and be the voice of sanity– because they all packed up and left, the lunatics are running what is now an asylum.

    Vermont better pay attention to this bigtime.. because I live in NH. Every Vermonter I meet over here that left Vermont tells a similar story; They’ve had it with what the Left has done with the state and they moved out.
    The more and more that the state turns into even more of a one party rule- the more the Right will sense it’s game over- and they’ll move out.
    Because who wants to be left holding the bag on the race to the bottom?

  2. Enjoy your democrat government working for the criminal element. Didn’t they just
    decriminalize opioid possession? That should really help those death dealers a bit
    as well as increase drug deaths. I feel sorry for the rest of Washington who has to
    put up with the Chicago of the west..What do they say you get the government you
    deserve?

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