‘I’m not concerned': Mayor Durkan shoots down calls for her resignation

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan shot down calls for her resignation during a news conference Sunday night.

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant on Saturday called for Durkan’s resignation citing “an abuse of power.”

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According to Sawant, the thousands of people who have come out to demand justice for police killings and systemic change have been met with violence and brutality from officers.

“I’m not going to get distracted by political ploys,” Durkan said Sunday.

Sawant said she will file articles of impeachment if Durkan does not resign.

Durkan was asked specifically if she had spoken with Sawant about the call for her resignation.

“I have not spoken with her and I’m not concerned,” Durkan said.

At the news conference, both Durkan and Best addressed the criticism they have faced as protests continue in Seattle.

Durkan highlighted Best’s leadership during what she called “unprecedented times” and said she expects the department to stay committed to a culture of continuous and transparent reforms.