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Seattle Police Chief Resigns After Democrat City Council Votes To Cut Police Budget

By Ryan Saavedra

Aug 10, 2020 DailyWire.com

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has officially resigned after the Democrat-controlled Seattle City Council voted on Monday to slash millions of dollars from the Seattle Police Department’s budget.

News broke within the around 9 p.m. PST that Best was expected to resign tomorrow, and about 30 minutes later she had reportedly submitted her letter of resignation to the Seattle Police Department.



“Chief Best has been an outspoken critic of the council’s plans to cut SPD’s budget, citing concerns over public safety in a scenario where the department is forced to lose personnel,” KIRO radio reported. “She has served as SPD’s police chief since 2018, after moving through the ranks as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief.”

Q13 Fox reporter Brandi Kruse confirmed the report, writing, “Seattle Police Chief @CarmenBest is going to resign, two sources familiar with her decision confirm. The announcement is imminent, I’m told. There is an 11am presser scheduled for tomorrow with the Mayor. Unclear if announcement will take place then.”



“Chief Best has been vocal in her opposition to those cuts, and told me in an interview today that she felt targeted by a “punitive” proposal to cut her pay by 40%: ‘I do feel like it’s … animus toward me specifically,” Kruse continued.”Chief Carmen Best is the first black woman to lead the @SeattlePD. She is well respected by the rank and file, as well as community leaders. Seattle’s political and activist class will have to own this.”

Best’s move to resign comes after the Seattle City Council announced on Monday that it was cutting roughly $3 million from the budget, including:

  • Cut 32 officers from patrol – $533,000
  • Reduced specialized units including officers assigned to mounted unit, school resource officers, homeland security, harbor patrol, SWAT team – $250,000
  • Removed officers from Navigation Team, ensuring homeless neighbors are not retraumatized by armed patrol officers – $216,000
  • Reduced staff budget through recognizing expected attrition – $500,000
  • Reduced administrative costs, including salaries, community outreach, public affairs
  • Cut $56,000 from training and travel expenses
  • Cut recruitment and retention – $800,000
  • Transferred victim advocates from SPD to Human Services Department – $377,000 impact
  • Removed two sworn officer positions from the 911 Emergency Call Center

Best was targeted at the start of the month by “aggressive” far-left activists who showed up to her home, which she responded to by asking that the City Council stand up against “mob rule.”

“I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last night,” Best wrote in a letter addressed to City Council President Lorena González and Public Safety Chair Lisa Herbold. “A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night. My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so. Currently, the local sheriff (not SPD resources) is monitoring the situation.”

“I urge both of you, and the entire council, to stand up for what is right. These direct actions against elected officials, and especially civil servants like myself, are out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation,” Best continued. “Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.”

“The events of this summer were initiated in a moment of grief and outrage over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and so many other Black and Brown people suffering at the hands of injustice,” Best concluded. “All of us must ensure that this righteous cause is not lost in the confusion of so many protestors now engaging in violence and intimidation, which many are not speaking against.”
 
How many times is she going to resign before somebody takes her serious?
 
How many times is she going to resign before somebody takes her serious?

I was just thinking the same thing. Today is the 3rd day in a row that she’s quit. :flipoff2:
 
Well what can I say it seemed important and I didn't see it so I posted it. OOPS wait it is in the Seattle riot, I didn't look there silly me
 
Well what can I say it seemed important and I didn't see it so I posted it. OOPS wait it is in the Seattle riot, I didn't look there silly me

Don't sweat it, she will resign again tomorrow.:flipoff2:
 
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...lice-officers/

durkan says council should fuck off to ****sville

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, after vetoing Friday the revised 2020 budget approved last week by the City Council, called for new collaboration with council members, with whom she’s often been at odds.

“The people of Seattle expect us to work together,” Durkan said during a Friday afternoon news conference, adding that she had spoken to Council President M. Lorena González on how to “make changes in a more thoughtful, deliberate way.”

The council’s adjustments to the budget would have cut up to 100 police officers, slashed the salaries of police command staff and also scrapped the city’s Navigation Team, which performs outreach to people experiencing homelessness and clears encampments. Durkan strongly opposed those measures. Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best retired in objection to them.

Durkan described the council’s cuts to police as imprudent, saying they had “no plan for how the city will bridge gaps in the police response that will be caused if we lose 100 police officers” and “no plans for how the city will address encampments or RVs that pose a public safety risk.”

She also objected to cutting the salaries of SPD’s command staff.

The mayoral veto will also stop some $14 million in additional funding the council had intended for community organizations.

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“Look, it’s a loan I’m not sure we can repay,” Durkan said, adding that she did not think the city could get money out of the door by year’s end and that the city faced a challenging budget shortfall.

The money would have been loaned between city departments and could have been accounted for in future budget cuts to the police department or elsewhere. Durkan said she is concerned about funding and continuing core city services during the next budget cycle.

Best’s resignation from the top post at SPD, for the moment, seems to have forced a detente in the frosty relationship openly acknowledged by both the mayor and many city council members.

Council members will have 30 days to reconsider the vetoed legislation, negotiate and then vote again. The council needs a two-thirds vote to override the mayor’s veto.

González said she disagreed with Durkan’s veto, but promised to work with the mayor on a path forward.

“While I disagree with Mayor Durkan’s decision to veto the Council’s budget legislation, I hope that the public knows that their elected leaders are committed to working together on achieving a long-overdue transformation of our law enforcement and criminal justice systems that have for far too long perpetuated trauma and harm on our black, brown and indigenous neighbors,” González said in a news release.


Council member Andrew Lewis said it was a “shame” to lose Best and that he’s seen a “shift in rhetoric” among his colleagues on the council after her abrupt retirement.

“The mayor and council aren’t that far apart on a lot of things,” Lewis said. “If the rhetoric can dial down a bit and we can come to the table, between the council and mayor, we should be able to work something out here.”

Lewis said much attention has been directed at council’s decision to reduce the police force by up to 100 officers by year’s end. But some of those reductions would have been happened anyhow as officers left due to attrition and because the mayor has implemented a hiring freeze, he said.

As the council and mayor negotiate, Lewis said it would be important to better understand the effects of the hiring freeze, how a reduced force would impact police response times and how alternative first responder programs — such as the Seattle Fire Department’s Health One program, which responds to social, behavioral non-emergency calls — could scale up to meet demand.

Council member Tammy Morales said the mayor’s veto felt like a turn toward the “status quo” and said it could reduce trust between city politicians and the community groups as the Black Lives Matter movement demands structural change and equality.

“That wasn’t easy for our community members, when you’re talking about some Black-led organizations who already have a distrust for government because it hasn’t served them well, to come to council and ask for support and investment in their community. I think it was risky for them,” Morales said. “It just felt like the mayor was pointedly turning her back on community members who demand to end over-policing.”


Morales said she hoped the council would use its time intentionally to find points of agreement and that the mayor would negotiate and communicate what changes she would be willing to make. Morales said communities in her district — which includes the Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, Chinatown/International District, SODO and Georgetown neighborhoods — should not be asked to wait for equity and resources.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say it hasn’t been frustrating and painful to be caught in the gears of a government system that is really structured to uphold racial inequity,” Morales said.
“… City Council put forth modest changes to the police budget in response to the uprising in defense of Black lives and the economic shortfall created by COVID-19,” the statement said. “While publicly touting support and care for Black people, the Mayor vetoed and blocked a Black-led community response plan to gun violence—while providing no immediate alternative or justification.”

During her news conference, Durkan and Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz, who will lead SPD on an interim basis when Best officially steps down next month, made a case for the agency’s work and importance.


“We have seen an increase in shots fired,” Diaz said, adding that the number of shots-fired incidences was up by some 55% since June 1 of this year. “These have resulted in 33 injuries and six deaths. They cannot continue.”

Diaz said police were still trying to understand what might be attributed to the rise in violent crimes.

Decriminalize Seattle & King County Equity Now said the mayor was vetoing a council budget that would have helped stem violence before police could respond to it.

“… Mayor Durkan highlighted the ‘recent increase in gun violence’ while vetoing the exact investment needed to prevent it — all in the same breath,” the organizers wrote, adding that some of that money would have gone to “Black-led organizations leading effective community responses to gun violence” that the mayor’s office “frequently touts.”
 
This should be a reality TV show on HBO or something. You could probably get 6-7 compelling seasons from it

The aftermath alone would be gold.

So who interviews and hires the new honcho? The mayor or city council? Does the new Chief get the salary that Best got, or the 40% less salary I wonder? Never find anyone to walk into that shitstorm worth a shit, and especially at 40% less than the going rate.
 
meh, when Biden gets in we will all be going to a "Centralized Police Force". Standby to standby...
 
“We have seen an increase in shots fired,” Diaz said, adding that the number of shots-fired incidences was up by some 55% since June 1 of this year. “These have resulted in 33 injuries and six deaths. They cannot continue.”

Diaz said police were still trying to understand what might be attributed to the rise in violent crimes.





New neighbors aren't the friendly,fun loving folks you thought they were,maybe?
 
“We have seen an increase in shots fired,” Diaz said, adding that the number of shots-fired incidences was up by some 55% since June 1 of this year. “These have resulted in 33 injuries and six deaths. They cannot continue.”

Diaz said police were still trying to understand what might be attributed to the rise in violent crimes.





New neighbors aren't the friendly,fun loving folks you thought they were,maybe?

Professional thugs imported by Soros back organisations might hqve something to do with it
 
Seattle has been fucked for 30+ years

Nah, it wasn't that bad when I lived there in '08. Had a big ass studio just across the canal from Fremont for $550 a month. Traffic wasn't that bad in town, only getting into and out on the freeway. There were a few bums but not terrible, and they largely knew their place.

Fast forward to 2018 when I lived there again, best deal on an apartment I could get was $1700 a month for 300 sq ft:eek:. The fucking bums.had taken over the city, traffic was insane everywhere, the city went from traditional liberal to full on progressive socialist and prices on food we're crazy.

My assessment of the next ten years is that it will get even worse there. Industry (tech workers and companies) will start to pull out for other cities in the area. Taxes will go up even more on whoever is left to make up for the budget shortfall. The bums will be given even more rights and also the BLM Antifa crowd will be given free reign over the city.

Glad I'm out of that shithole! :stirthepot:
 
“… Mayor Durkan highlighted the ‘recent increase in gun violence’ while vetoing the exact investment needed to prevent it — all in the same breath,” the organizers wrote, adding that some of that money would have gone to “Black-led organizations leading effective community responses to gun violence” that the mayor’s office “frequently touts.”

What are the “Black-led organizations leading effective community responses to gun violence” that won't get their cut?

The irony is that before Best left that quote accurately described the Portland PD! :laughing:
 
This is like watching a bunch of 10yo kids make up the rules for their clubhouse- and then see a million people try to live by them.

Aren't there any adults there?
 
While I'm in no way in favor of the recent riots, BLM, democrats, etc... I do like the scrutiny imposed upon all levels or government for accountability and budgets. It's all for the wrong reasons, but silver lining and all.
 
Nah, it wasn't that bad when I lived there in '08. Had a big ass studio just across the canal from Fremont for $550 a month. Traffic wasn't that bad in town, only getting into and out on the freeway. There were a few bums but not terrible, and they largely knew their place.

Fast forward to 2018 when I lived there again, best deal on an apartment I could get was $1700 a month for 300 sq ft:eek:. The fucking bums.had taken over the city, traffic was insane everywhere, the city went from traditional liberal to full on progressive socialist and prices on food we're crazy.

My assessment of the next ten years is that it will get even worse there. Industry (tech workers and companies) will start to pull out for other cities in the area. Taxes will go up even more on whoever is left to make up for the budget shortfall. The bums will be given even more rights and also the BLM Antifa crowd will be given free reign over the city.

Glad I'm out of that shithole! :stirthepot:

I grew up here. Seattle is unrecognizable from even the 80’s. We had seahawks season tickets. You would get Street parking and Not worry about walking back to your car at night. Now there is a decent chance a predator will check if your eyes are on the side of your head of front of your head. The WTO riots were also a game changer as all tge paid protesters realized Seattle had a great welfare program and stayed along with invited their friends.
 
Yup, quitting always solves the problems.:homer:

Well when the city council prevents your officers from using less than lethal force they are left with 3 real decisions. Shoot and kill them, don't shoot and get overrun by sheer numbers, or don't show up to work. Quitting was probably the easiest choice because that abdicated her of the responsibility of telling her officers to go ahead and start shooting protesters or telling them to stay home. Ordering them to stand the line with no means of defense is a suicide order and not a real option.

I am for hooking pepper spray in to a firehose and just start hosing the entire streets down. Or completely pulling out and letting the citizens have what they voted for. The hens always come home to roost. Always
 
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