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Seattle Police logoby Andrea Morris, CBN News

The Seattle City Council has voted to override their mayor’s veto of funding reductions to the city’s police department.

Dozens of police officers will lose their positions as a result of this first round of Seattle’s effort to defund the police.

The finalized cuts, which begin in November, include removal of up to 100 police officers from various units, eliminating their Navigation Team, and limiting top command staff pay to $150,000 according to MyNorthwest.com.

“We cannot look away from this and we can no longer accept the status quo if we truly believe that Black lives matter,” said City Council President Lorena Gonzalez.

The council originally approved the cuts in a 7-1 vote on August 10th to slash police funds by 14% for the remainder of 2020.  Mayor Jenny Durkan vetoed that attempt. But now the council has voted via a videoconference to overturn Durkan’s veto.

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