Protesters Showed Up At The Home Of The Liberal City Mayor Who Recommended Raising The Police Budget

Outraged at his plan to increase the city’s police budget by $17 million the following year, protesters marched to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s residence on Sunday afternoon.

“What better way to spend our Sunday than marching a bunch of amazing people up to Mayor Bruce Harrell’s house and delivering him a birthday present?” one speaker said, according to KING 5. Harrell’s birthday is later this month.

Protesters Showed Up At The Home Of The Liberal City Mayor Who Recommended Raising The Police Budget

The demonstration was held under the banner “Justice for Jaahnavi” in memory of the 23-year-old college student who was killed in January after being struck by a police cruiser as she entered a crossing.

The Seattle Police Department will get more than $391 million from Harrell’s proposed budget, an increase of $17 million from the 2023 budget.

However, in light of the passing of Jaahnavi Kandula, protesters want the department’s budget to be decreased rather than increased. According to authorities, the cop who struck Kandula was travelling at 74 mph in a 25 mph zone with his lights on but no sirens. A separate cop appeared to be making light of the young woman’s death in body camera footage that surfaced last month, but the officer said his remarks had been misconstrued.

Harrell spoke about the incident when he unveiled his budget plan last week.

“We cannot have safety without accountability and community trust,” Harrell said. “Sadly, we have seen that trust fractured through recent events where officers have disrespected or dehumanized our neighbours. Those comments make me incredibly sad and incredibly disappointed.”

Before walking to Harrell’s house, dozens of protesters met in a park and chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Say her name.”

Police were present but didn’t approach the crowd, according to KING 5.

With three months left in the year, Seattle has already eclipsed 2022’s homicide total. According to SPD data, violent crime and auto thefts in the Emerald City reached a 15-year high in 2022.

“With homicides up and when SPD is recovering more guns than any previous time in our history … we know we can’t be complacent,” Harrell said.

A crime prevention pilot programme that heavily utilises technology, such as automatic licence plate readers, surveillance cameras, and gunshot detection systems, is included in the plan with a nearly $1.8 million investment.

According to KING 5, Seattle South Asians 4 Black Lives and South Asians Resisting Imperialism were responsible for organising the demonstration on Sunday.

Harrell is the second Black mayor and the first Asian American mayor of Seattle.

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