Seattle City Hall denies police are going soft on crime. The Seattle Times reports newly-released figures from the city show what may be startling decreases in law enforcement.
For example, the number of officer-initiated questionings of suspicious people dropped 80% in the first quarter of this year. And the number of cases filed for low level crimes fell last year by 49%. The drop in non-traffic misdemeanor cases filed could be partly the result of the city attorney changing the charging standards.
The head of the Seattle Police union says officers are, “working smarter.”
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