Here’s Why Seattle’s Chief-Of-Police Just Resigned As City Embraces Lawlessness

(Tea Party 247) – Two years ago, Carmen Best made history as the first black police chief in the history of the Seattle Police Department.

This week, Best issued her resignation.

Not because she was embroiled in a scandal or had done her job poorly.

But because Seattle’s City Council has deemed her job and the men and women she leave as literally disposable to the city.

Best’s notice to the department came late on Monday after the council moved earlier in the day to pass sweeping proposals that would cut roughly 100 officers and savage the budget from the SPD.

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

Best told her officers that most of the people in Seattle supported the efforts of the department, also thanking Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for “her continuous support.”

“I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times,” she said. “You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.”

Best said she looked forward to “the process of re-envisioning public safety” which the city has set out for itself.

“After more than 28 years, I am so thankful for the time I spent at SPD. You are my family. You will always be in my heart. We have had tough times before and come out better on the other side. I am glad I pushed through each of those tough times with you,” Best said.

For her part, Mayor Durkan said of Best’s resignation in a statement:

Know that while I understand the Chief’s reasons, I accepted her decision with a very heavy heart. I have had the privilege to be with Chief Carmen Best in so many situations: with her family, at roll calls, in community meetings, and in nearly weekly meetings addressing public safety in Seattle. Her grit, grace and integrity have inspired me and made our city better. These last months, I knew Chief Best was the person to lead our city through this challenging time, to reimagine policing and community safety. Her leadership is unmatched nationwide, which is why it is a sad day for our City to lose her.

“Carmen Best is still devoted to this department and our city. I regret deeply that she 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, of course, praised the violent Antifa terrorists who took over a six-block radius of her city as a “block party” and “summer of love.”

Two black men, including a 16-year-old, were shot and killed in the “autonomous zone,” where “protesters” refused to let law enforcement or even first responders into the area as it was stricken with widespread crime and violence.

BizPac Review reports:

On Monday, in a 7-1 vote, the city council approved a budget package to cut spending for the police department, KING-TV reported.

The measures cut about $3 million of the department’s $400 million annual budget this year and could result in a reduction of up to 100 police officers, according to the NBC affiliate — Black Lives Matter activists in the city were reportedly demanding a 50% cut to the department.

Best’s salary was also cut from $294,000 to $275,000 in the coming year, and that appeared to factor into her decision.

The lone dissenting vote came from councilmember Kshama Sawant — who wanted a greater cut.

“This budget fails to address the systemic racism of policing, trimming only $3 million from the bloated department’s remaining 2020 budget of $170 million just weeks after 6 of the 8 other Councilmembers publicly declared they would support defunding SPD by 50 percent, as our Peoples Budget and the Justice for George Floyd movement have demanded,” the radical Marxist politician said in a statement.

(She’s a member of Socialist Alternative, a Trotskyist political party that describes itself as a Marxist organization, a revolutionary party fighting for a socialist world.)

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  10. Portland is doing the rest of the country a great service. If the rest of the country is smart they will sit up and take notice. We no longer have to wonder what life will be like when the lefties get control. Resolve not to follow.
    Meanwhile, back in Portland, let the good people there decide when enough is enough. Good luck.

    • So when am I going to see a group (large group), of white people called “The Whities” ,meet these Black Lives Matter tough people head to head and kick there asses ? The Whities arrive as the rioting gets started tell the Police “we got this one”. The Whities throw frozen water bottles, bricks, nice size rocks that fit your hand so you can really wing-em and do damage to the enemy, sling shots, ball barrings, LARGE motor rounds, fire bombs etc, Another words go have some fun and KICK ASS. Please young white people do this for your free country..

  11. Not unexpected. City leadership has not supported police department. Why would the chief stick around for more abuse.

  12. This is what happens when Michael Jackson’s music isn’t cool anymore.

    The reality of the matter is that it’s an urban problem. Rural areas will not tolerate it. There’s not enough police to save them in the country. 🤣

    It actually shows the underlying function of what police officers actually do & the people they really protect. I

    t’s not the law abiding they’re concerned with, it’s protecting the misfits from law abiding citizens.

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    • No. They never do. Everyone is too busy trying to get bills paid with low paying jobs to be involved in what they do.

  14. This will NOT LOOK GOOD on the Democrats . . . especially when they are VOTED out of office (recall or regular elections). Durkan needs to be sent to FEDERAL PRISON for DERELICTION of Duty for a STIFF PRISON sentence. One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  15. I was born in Seattle way back when crime was not tolerated. Then Californians discovered cheap real estate in Washington State. It was then that morality fell apart and the criminals were voted into office. I moved to the central part of the country where people who love our constitution and the whole USA live. Far safer here and the farmers are great folks.

    • Yeah, Joe picked a vice from CA. So hopefully there’s no chance in Hell Democrats will win.

      Looks like they’re setting up for Hollywood queer money to flood into their campaign. Being foreign investors now can’t be hid in some fake charity, they’d go to the reprobates for their support.

      🖕🏿This is for you fat ass Rosy!

  16. Chief Best thank you for your principled service … And principled stand and support for law and order and your support to your officers..
    Shame on the cowards that let you down..

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  17. Black or White it makes absolutely NO Friggin Difference!!! It’s the Individuals moral and life ethics that mater. BLM is a Terrorist organization just as Antifa is.
    In fact BLM has $1.3B in their coffers and they have not reached out to any Black people in need of housing, food, clothing, business start ups…NOTHING other than supporting VIOLENCE!

  18. Mayor Durkan, you will reap what you sow. God help you and your pathetic city.
    Thank you Chief Best for your service. respectfully,I do not agree with what you said about your officers in Seattle being the “best police department in the country.” IF they were they would have remembered their oath, pulled rank and immediately put an end to the cancer that has infected their city. Instead they stood back and allowed politics to dictate the madness that took over.

  19. New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle have made their collective mark in the annals of urban warfare for the ages! Never been to Chicago or Minneapolis, and was only in New York, Portland, and Seattle between 42-50 years ago just passing through, THANK GOD! I wasn’t impressed then, and I DAMN SURE ain’t impressed now!

  20. I pray for Carmen Best and her family that God lead her path. I know there’s something way better for her. The decent folks in Seattle and all the officers will miss her terribly. BLM, proof AGAIN that Black Lives DON’T Matter (BLDM)! Leaders of Seattle are LOSERS! May God’s mercy be on the great people of Seattle!🙏🏽

  21. 40,000,000 visitors spend 8 billion dollars and create over 5% of Seattle’s jobs each year. Are they aware that they have thrown ALL of that out the window? Who are these idiots? No matter WHAT they do now even throwing out the Council it will take years to recover. These idiot think our Federal government will give them the money. Nope. Trump will win.

    • Best said lesbian mayor Durkan supported her ,BS if that’s the case why is she resigning. Durkan proved she doesn’t give a damn about no body but BLM and ANTIFA . if people are smart, they would move out and let Seattle go too s**t . Let’s see how long Seattle survives on the summer of love .

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