Seattle leaders underestimated ‘silent majority’: Massive pro-police rally gathers ahead of vote

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A different set of voices is finally being heard in Seattle as frustrated residents showed up by the thousands for a “Back the Blue” rally.

With a looming vote on Monday to decide on cutting funding to the city’s police department, fed up Seattle residents gathered outside of City Hall on Sunday to send a clear message to local leaders.

The “ignored majority” is finally being heard, Officer Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officer Guild union, told KING 5-TV.

“The unreasonable activism must stop and a reasonable community is saying no more to this defund nonsense because it’s got everybody’s public safety in jeopardy,” he added.

Many noted that the “silent majority” had come out strong for the “Back the Blue” rally, as photos and videos posted on social media showed a large gathering of people holding signs, waving flags and chanting “SPD” at the peaceful protest.

“Is this the city the council wants to represent, a deserted city?” Seattle resident John Balph, who called Black Lives Matter “a very worthy movement,” told the Seattle Times.

“It’s not the Seattle I want to live in. But average citizens can’t do anything about it. It’s very frustrating,” he said, adding that “it’s depressing to live in Seattle right now.”

In a city besieged by left-wing anarchists, amid a Seattle autonomous zone that the Democrat mayor referred to as a “block party” and “summer of love,” the Seattle City Counci has been pushing to slash the Seattle Police Department’s budget, after cuts have already been made that have affected the SWAT team and the mounted division, among others.

Some of those same council members who have called on cutting the police funding by half were campaigning just the opposite last year, as Q13Fox reporter Brandi Kruse noted.

Solan also called out the city leaders for their hypocrisy.

Reports showed that the pro-police rally attracted some counter protesters, with some outlets indicating that antifa and other leftists were on hand to disrupt the rally. At one point, a group of Proud Boys allegedly walked through the defund police crowd and a fight broke out.

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“Just because we need more social programs does not mean we need to defund the SPD,” one woman, who did not want to give her name, told KOMO. “We can have both. We can fund the SPD, fund crime protection and fund law enforcement.”


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