Seattle's mayor is set to sign a new city budget cutting the police department's funding by 18%

Seattle Police officers block a street as city crews dismantle the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area outside of the Seattle Police Department's vacated East Precinct on July 1, 2020.

(CNN)Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan plans to sign a new city budget that includes an 18% cut to the city's police department funding, according to a statement issued by her office Tuesday.

A vote by the Seattle City Council approved the budget Monday 8-1, with Councilmember Kshama Sawant voting against. She had pushed for the full 50% cut to the police budget that protesters had demanded over the summer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The budget comes after months of clashes between police and demonstrators that included the takeover of a precinct in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Since then, scores of officers have resigned, and the former chief of the department retired amid proposals to defund the Seattle Police Department.
    "I applaud the City Council for taking a more deliberate and measured approach to the 2021 Seattle Police Department budget than occurred this summer which led to the resignation of former SPD Chief Carmen Best," Durkan said in a written statement issued by her office.

    What led up to the budget cut

    In June, demonstrations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, on the east side of the city, grew to include the takeover of the East Police Precinct, creating the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Area or CHOP, which became inaccessible by vehicle, limiting emergency responses to the area.
    Various incidents, including the fatal shooting of a man and a female protester being run over, took place in the area before police dispersed the occupation after several weeks.
    A person holds flowers as demonstrators clash with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct.
    Carmen Best, Seattle's police chief