Seattle residents met with the city’s interim police chief this week demanding solutions as a growing homeless encampment at a local park has drawn increasing security concerns -- and a looming vaccine mandate is likely to worsen an already existing officer shortage afflicting neighborhood patrols.
On Sunday, Seattle fire paramedics attempted to resuscitate a 56-year-old woman at the encampment but were unable to save her life. Diaz participated in the community walk, allowing residents to voice their frustrations also after a fire last month tore through tents at the encampment and multiple propane tanks exploded, KIRO reported.
As of Tuesday, at least 765 Seattle police officers, or 84% of the force, had submitted their COVID-19 vaccination information as the looming Oct. 18 deadline approaches, KING reported. Some 100 officers seek exemptions, and 202 have not submitted any proof of vaccination documentation.