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Mayor Durkan announces plans to move 911 dispatchers, other functions outside SPD, criticizes City Council support for deeper defunding

In this screenshot taken from video, Seattle Fire chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police chief Carmen Best speak at a press conference Monday, July 13, 2020.

Durkan characterized her approach as more responsible than the City Council's. Last week, council members declared support for a high-level proposal to defund the Police Department by 50%.

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