Seattle Police Chief to Resign After City Defunds Police, Fires Officers
The Chief of the Seattle Police Department, Carmen Best, announced that she would be resigning as chief after the Seattle City Council approved a defunding plan that would force the police to fire 100 officers.
Sources from within the department describe the chief objecting to the city council’s continued scapegoating of the police department in response to leftist political pressure, refusal to condemn ANTIFA marches that targeted her house, and a pay cut implemented by the council.
Chief Best announced her retirement from the Seattle Police in an email to officers following the city council vote.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020
Chief Best had been the first black chief of the Seattle Police Department.
Attorney General Bill Barr had hailed Chief Best for her assistance in liberating Seattle’s downtown from the self-declared CHAZ (Capital Hill Autonomous Zone) anarchist commune, omitting any mention of progressive mayor Jenny Durkan in a press release praising the restoration of law and order to the troubled area.
Murders in Seattle have spiked significantly, with some estimates pointing to an increase of almost 50% relative to 2019. King County is moving forward with a plan to close Seattle’s primary jail facility, with the lack of a plan for a replacement suggesting that the city is simply planning with doing away with pre-trial confinement for anyone but the most serious criminal suspects.
Anarchist street criminals have been carrying out a wave of property damage and violent crimes for weeks, perhaps only second to neighboring Portland in scale and intensity. The Seattle Police Department has been largely called off from preventing property crimes, with the city council forbidding officers from using literally any crowd control tools such as CS gas and pepper spray.
Seattle’s reputation for being a peaceful and upscale community may come under serious threat, as it appears even the most flexible law enforcement presence is intolerable for the ANTIFA-sympathizing city council.