Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County issued a letter to Seattle’s Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) Monday, calling on it to open an investigation into a series of recent city council actions regarding protests, as well as approved cuts to the police department’s budget.
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The letter doesn’t specifically lay out any allegations against the council, but does ask the SEEC to look into 10 separate issues, ranging from whether councilmembers “followed appropriate policies in opening City Hall to protesters” during an early-June demonstration, to whether councilmembers “were informed about out-of-state actors coming to Seattle to engage protesters, and if so, how they acted or did not on that information.”
BLM Seattle-King County also called on the SEEC to determine whether the council “excised due diligence on budget proposals that appear discriminatory or unduly influenced” when it approved a series of cuts to SPD’s budget in August.
“This investigation is essential for the community’s understanding of government conduct — and it adds much needed transparency to the critical budget process that’s underway,” BLMSKC board member Livio De La Cruz said in a news release. “The government works for the people. The people must understand what it’s doing and why.”
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The hope from the organization is to separate “fact from rumor, and (hold) elected officials accountable when boundaries are crossed.”
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County has frequently voiced its opposition to how the council has approached SPD’s budget in recent months, calling on it