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SEATTLE -- The Seattle city attorney has rejected a bid by police to crack down on 28 people who had repeatedly failed to respond to civil charges for drinking in public or sitting or lying on sidewalks.

The Seattle Times
reports Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel wrote a letter to City Attorney Pete Holmes asking for criminal charges be filed against 28 people, who had all ignored three or more tickets.

Pugel says the crackdown would help them fight street crime in downtown Seattle.

On Tuesday, the city attorney told the police department they had not shown that alternative approaches, including social services, had failed to address downtown problems.

Holmes says he needs more information before he could take further action.

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