Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) & Seattle City Council defunded the city's police force by 18% last November. After a weekend of violence resulting in 5 deaths and 9 additional shooting injuries, Mayor Durkan is calling to hire more police officers. "this past weekend serves as a reminder, there are many times and types of 9-1-1 calls that require a traditional sworn police officer to respond." The Seattle Police Department lost 250 officers through the defunding and political climate of law enforcement. Mayor Durkan explains "as a city, we cannot continue on this current trajectory of losing police officers like we have this year into the next years. Over the past 17 months, the Seattle Police Department has lost 250 police officers which is the equivalent of over 300,000 service hours. We're on path to losing 300 officers." The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to defund the police by 18%. Councilmember Kshama Sawant voting against, because she wanted to defund the police by 50% as per BLM demands.