Why are so many Seattle Police Department officers leaving the city?

Acting Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz said Monday that calls to defund the department as well as re-deployments are the primary reasons why a record number of officers left the department last month. The department has seen 110 departures in the first nine months of 2020, compared to year-end totals of 109 in 2018 and 92 in 2019. According to a report issued last week by the city, 39 officers left the department in September, double than any previous month in SPD’s history.