(ConservativePeak.com)- Thanks to Black Lives Matter, Seattle’s first black police chief Carmen Best is out of a job. Following the decision made by Seattle City Council on Monday to strip millions of dollars from their city’s police budget, Best announced that she was resigning.
Best is understood to have handed in her resignation letter to the Seattle Police Department at 9:30 p.m.PST.
In a letter addressed to the women and men of the Seattle Police Department, Best announced that she would be “retiring from the Seattle Police Department, effective September 2nd, 2020.”
“I wanted you to hear this from me, but some media have reached this conclusion on their own,” she continued. “This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time.”
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020
Best didn’t directly blame the decision to slash the police budget, but she was extremely vocal over the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone incident whereby six blocks of Seattle were controlled by violent leftists for a period of weeks earlier this year. Best was unable to send in her officers to help people who were reporting serious crimes as a result of Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists getting in the way of police routes.
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.”
— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) August 11, 2020
Brandi Kruse, a reporter from Q13 Fox, reported how Carmen Best has been “vocal in her opposition” to the incoming police cuts, and told her in an interview that she felt targeted by the “punitive” proposal that would have cut her pay by 40%.
The incoming cuts will see 32 officers taken off patrol, saving over half a million dollars. It will save a quarter of a million dollars by reducing specialized units, and more than $200,000 by removing officers from the Navigation Team. Staff budget will be slashed by half a million, and recruitment and retention will lose $800,000.
It suddenly got even more dangerous to live in Seattle.