SEATTLE – A Seattle City Council meeting was interrupted Monday by protesters objecting to the city’s proposal to spend up to $149 million on a new precinct in the northern part of Seattle.

Council members left the chamber when the situation started to get out of hand, later returning after a short time when the guards started to allow more people into the meeting, The Seattle Times reports.

Opponents of the replacement precinct argue against “rewarding” a police department that is undergoing reviews and changes related to excessive force and bias. Before Seattle Mayor Ed Murray agreed to shave off $11 million, the initial project cost was projected at around $160 million, which would make it it the most expensive precinct in the country.

The meeting ended by passing a resolution for the city to conduct a racial-equity analysis of the project and apply more scrutiny to the price of it all.

The council will continue to discuss reductions and leave the conversation open over the price during their fall budget talks.

— Amanda Snyder, CBS Seattle


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