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Former mayoral candidate Lance Randall argued Thursday that a mass exodus of Seattle police officers caused by the defend-the-police movement resulted in chaos.

“It’s terrible,” Randall told “Granthshala & Friends.”

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Randall said the use of shielding police as an attempt to address the issue of police violence has not worked. He argued that the city council’s decision to cut the police budget by 20% led to an increase in crime in Seattle.

“Police officers are leaving. People in Seattle are less safe and there’s chaos. So attempts to address the issue with a broad brush across the police department didn’t work,” he said.

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He continued, “I think you have to focus on those officers, especially those officers who commit atrocities, and also address them while supporting those officers who take an oath to protect and serve.” But this approach of going after the whole department has created a serious problem here in downtown Seattle.”

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About 150 officers have separated from the Seattle Police Department in 2021, with 335 officers departing from the previous year.

“SPD staffing has passed crisis levels for a city the size of Seattle. But that hasn’t stopped a Seattle council member’s office from asking what the 50% budget cut would mean for SPDs,” According to KTTH’s Jason Rantz.

“According to data obtained by The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, 129 officers have officially left the SPD this year. There are 20 more detachments to be processed in the coming weeks. As a result, there are only 1,048 deployable personnel for the entire city. . “

Randall said having fewer officials “endangers” the public safety delivery system and has residents worried.

“I’m very worried because, as you know, some time ago I was almost the victim of a gun attack by someone in my neighborhood. I am very concerned about the fact that we continue to go down this path Knowing that the experiment isn’t working.”

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Meanwhile, murder Head has increased by 16% American city Far in 2021 compared to 2020, a new report shows.

There were 259 more homicides in the first half of 2021 than in the first half of 2020, and there were 548 more in 29 major US cities than in the first half of 2019. Thursday Update The Criminal Justice Council (CCJ) on Epidemic Crime Report.

The updated findings of the study by the CCJ, a non-partisan criminal justice policy organization, indicate an upward trend in violent crime that began in 2020. COVID-19 pandemic, though the CCJ notes that the increase in killings slowed between the first and second quarters of this year.

Granthshala News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.