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Homeless (and 'De-Policed') in Seattle

Among the many recent headlines concerning the travails of Seattle's police department, including what's called “de-policing,” one in particular stood out: “Report Cites Plunge in the [Seattle PD's] Enforcement of Low-Level Crimes.” The story's takeaway was that court filings for misdemeanor offenses in Seattle had dropped by almost 50 percent from 2005 to 2013. The revelation, according to the Seattle Times, “set off alarm bells in City Hall.” Mayor Ed Murray accused the department of participating in a “steep decline […]