Seattle Police Chief Resigns After the City Council Decides to Defund the Police


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Seattle’s police chief Carmen Best has just resigned and in my opinion, she is a hero for it. Why work for a city that bows down to political correctness and throws away justice?

Seattle’s City Council clearly picked to please rioters rather than supporting the safety and well being of their own city, after a 7 to 1 vote that decided to defund the police.

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Fox News had this to say about Seattle’s police  chief  resigning:

Carmen Best, the Seattle police chief, emailed her resignation notice late Monday, hours after the city council made good on its promise to approve sweeping proposals that would cut about 100 officers and slash the department’s budget.

Best’s email, which was obtained by Jason Rantz, a local radio host, said that her retirement will be effective Sept. 2.

“I wanted you to hear this from me, but some media have reached this conclusion on their own,” she wrote. “This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time.”

She thanked Mayor Jenny Durkan for her “her continuous support” and said that the Seattle PD is “truly the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of  the people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.”

Durkan and Best had urged the council to slow down its discussions about police budgets, saying the issue could be taken up in earnest when the 2021 city budget is considered.

They also said any layoffs would disproportionately target newer officers, often hired from minority communities, and would inevitably lead to lawsuits.

The Seattle City Council also cut Best’s roughly $285,000 annual salary and the pay of other top police leaders, although the final cuts to Best’s salary were significantly more modest than those approved last week. The council plan also takes officers off a team that removes homeless camps.

On Monday, only Council Member Kshama Sawant voted against the budget package, saying it does not do enough to defund the police.

Best, who served in the department for 28 years, ended her email saying that she looks forward to “seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.”

Bloomberg reported this about Carm Best resigning as Seattle’s police chief:

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will leave the city’s police department, Mayor Jenny Durkan said, hours after the Seattle City Council voted to shrink its police force by 100 officers, trim the department’s budget and lower the salary of the chief

Best “concluded that the best way to serve the city and help the department was a change in leadership, in the hope that would change the dynamics to move forward with the City Council,” Durkan said in a statement. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. local time Tuesday, local TV station KIRO-7 reported. Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz will step into the vacant position atop Seattle’s police force.

The council voted earlier Monday to shrink the police department through layoffs and attrition and cut about $3 million from this year’s roughly $400 million budget. Additionally, Chief Best would have seen her salary reduced by $10,000 to $275,000, less than an earlier proposal to slash her pay by $100,000. The cuts came as part of a broader budget revamp due to shortfalls caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Seattle’s move marks the latest step by a local government to reduce funding for police in the wake of the nationwide protests sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

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As liberal run cities continue to defund the police you will see more police chiefs retire and officers not showing up to work.

The ironic part of it all the riots caused by BLM  and Antifa whose goal was to defund the police ended up causing the first black  police chief of Seattle salary to be cut significantly.

 

 



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