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Report: Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is Resigning

Report: Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is Resigning

Good job, BLM.

According to local news reporters, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will resign Tuesday morning.

Chief Best has been abandoned by local leadership, including the Seattle City Council in her efforts to tame riots raging under the guise of racial equality.

A resignation letter from Best was published on Twitter:

Seattle’s City Council voted to cut police funding by 14% in addition to major cuts to special units. From local news:

After several hours of debate Monday and in previous days, Seattle City Council’s approved its controversial spending plan which reduced funding to the Seattle Police Department by 14 percent, far below the 50 percent reduction that some members had lobbied for.

Approval of the measure first came with an 7-1 vote on several amendments introduced by the council that included cutting the pay of top police officers and eliminating the Navigation Team and SWAT unit.

“Why on Earth – for the people who’ve worked so very hard – would we ever consider not having the best of the best and compensating them fairly?” Best said in a press conference in response to the cuts. “I find that absolutely shocking and quite frankly – I think it’s punitive and not well thought out. And that’s exactly how I feel about it.”

The budget reduction could affect as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but strongly opposed by the mayor and police chief.

Seattle currently has about 1,400 police officers and the reductions up for a final vote fall far short of the 50% cut to the department that many Black Lives Matter protesters are seeking.

The City Council had been ready to cut Police Chief Carmen Best’s roughly $285,000 annual salary as well as the pay of other top police leaders. The council settled for a more modest six percent cut to Best’s salary but did allow a bigger pay cut for other top brass in the department.

Best was the first black woman to serve as police chief and had been with the department for 28 years.


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She may as well and the Portland PC too. The city governments as well as voters are backing the BLM party and not the cops. Liberalism becomes mental illness after a while.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Whitewall. | August 11, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Carmen Best made the right choice. She and her family should get the hell out of cities. It will be good for her and even more important, here children.

    Maybe we can start putting large steel or cement walls around the nasty parts of cities? Like a forest, they can be renewed with fire, starting over.

    Every police officer needs to pack up and go to greener pastures.

    The truth is that most cities are doomed, in that there is no longer an economic purpose capable of supporting most of them.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 11, 2020 at 7:20 am

Chief Brown of Chicago, formerly of Dallas, may want to consider taking the vacancy…

    Brown had a mixed performance here in Dallas. He did improve community relations especially with the inner city crowd. The majority of complaints with brown during his time in Dallas dealt with adminstrative issues instead of policy issues. He was not an affirmative action promotion. Dallas did learn its lesson from the Affirmative action promotion of Terrell Bolton,

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Joe-dallas. | August 11, 2020 at 8:57 am

      I mention Brown because I am sure he is shopping around. Lori Lightfoot is NOT giving him any support at all. Then, come to thinkl of it, Seattle would likely be far worse.

        Brown is interesting. Virtually all the complaints I heard from dallas police officers were of an internal management and/or administrative problems. He seemed to be getting above average marks for enforcement policy issues. He did cut down arrest for the chicken little shit/ harassment type arrests which improved community relations.

        Frying pan, fire?

    Brown also had high marks for his handling of the july 2016 sniper attack that killed 5 police officers in downtown dallas.

    Seattle aint going to hire someone like brown.

    What sane person would even consider that position? Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland and the rest will not only have to straighten out their political corruption problems first but also be ready to kneel and beg for anyone to even think of taking the job. Police Chief falls into the category of “you couldn’t pay me enough to do it. Not worth it.”

      I mostly agree. But if you held to a “you have to give me support, and it has to be in writing and ordinance” negotiating position, it might be worth trying.

She was in an untenable position since the city council wouldn’t let her do her job. The woman had to be asking herself, “Is this sh*t worth it for $285,000 per year?”

    Squires in reply to snopercod. | August 11, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Obvious headline: “Best to Go Galt”

    Blackgriffin in reply to snopercod. | August 11, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Not even that. They just cut her pay by $100,000. I think that’s why she really resigned. This craziness has been going on for awhile, but she didn’t resign until they took HER money.

    Council is obviously racist and sexist. They should all resign for more forward thinking people who aren’t democrat racists or sexists.

Does she need a little more bling on her costume?

If Venezuela won’t have him, maybe Sean Penn could step in and rescue Seattle.

This is how the contemptible Dhimmi-crats make public policy — based on “feelings” and symbolism, not facts and real-world consequences. And, while evincing total and callous indifference to the predictably destructive and harmful consequences that will inevitably flow from those policies.

So, these idiots will implement a reduction in the Seattle police budget, which will only harm law-abiding citizens, businesses and hard-working cops, while enabling and empowering goose-stepping Dhimmi-crat brownshirts and their criminal-sociopath allies.

    Virginia42 in reply to guyjones. | August 11, 2020 at 9:33 am

    This will also facilitate replacing the police department with a Peoples’ Militia. That’s really what the idiot pols there have in mind. And the idiot voters just keep reelecting them.

Judging by the background in that picture of Chief Best, I need to be investing in companies that produce cans of spray paint. ?

legacyrepublican | August 11, 2020 at 8:38 am

Chief Best said it very well at the end of the email to her officers.

Remember to take care of one another.

It is a kind way of saying that the police aren’t being taken care of by the city of Seattle. And it is a prophecy about the future of Seattle as anarchy descends upon the city.

So sad!

Chief Best has been abandoned by local leadership
Everyone is making this out to be some sort of betrayal of the woman, but it isn’t. She’s just the first metaphorical ally up against the wall. She’s been beating the liberal drum right along with the rest of them in Seattle for 28 years. She’s simply getting what she’s supported, but good and hard.

Unless you can show me wrong, I have ZERO sympathy for her. NONE.

This woman should of quit, effective immediately.

Why help the city that hates you?

Black lives matter to Marxists/Democrats only in a utilitarian sense. Black lives are to be exploited as cover for the destruction of the US. The beachhead is Democrat run cities where Democrats are cooperative or even supportive of the criminal insurrection. Black lives are sacrificed professionally and literally by the Democrats in their war against freedom.

Do not the Black voters see that they are being used as disposable tools by the Marxists of all races? Do not Democrat voters of all races see that their votes are being used to march the voters into Marxist slavery? The Demomocrats have always been the Party of Slavery and they still are.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to TX-rifraph. | August 11, 2020 at 10:26 am

    There is no doubt that blacks are being used, as far as I am concerned, them allowing is for the opportunity to loot. is still their fault and they should be held accountable.

Black, female Police Chief is not woke enough. Telling. Prime example of results of anarchists taking over. Criminals celebrate, with everyone’s stuff.

They cut her salary when she got all uppity.

    Cutting her salary is a huge message to resign. That is because her pension for the rest of her life gets cut. They wanted her out.

Great movie plot, disgruntled former police chief (happens to be black) leaves the force and moves to a smaller community only to discover the local college is breeding more cockroaches.

What does she do? Join the radicals? Start cracking down on the college? join an underground pro-police squad?

    henrybowman in reply to Cogsys. | August 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    A movie today? She puts on a mask, takes a lesbian lover, and fights evil white capitalists with arrows and a quarterstaff.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 11, 2020 at 10:10 am

I’d like to see half the officers of the Seattle police force quit en masse upon her official resignation.

Who knows, maybe the left is correct and the criminals will decide to stop engaging in crime. Or maybe they will see the massive number of resignations as an opportunity to do what criminals do best – commit crime.

So, the next time she blows a Golden Retriever’s brains out, she could ACTUALLY GO TO JAIL?!?

maybe Oberlin College has an opening

Get ready for the “Seattle Miracle”.

Communist leaders in Seattle will waste no time in replacing Best with a new police force. This new force will be modeled after the Stasi and be primarily concerned with “fighting hate” (read: targeting anyone whom the Communists are annoyed with). Crimes like murder, rape, robbery, burglary, assault, etc. will not interest the Stasi unless there is a racial component that can be exploited for political gain.

One key feature of this new arrangement will be the lack of recorded crime. Crime will still go on – and almost certainly increase – but the Seattle Stasi and the Joseph Goebbels media will have a vested interest in NOT keeping track of it. In the eyes of the Communists the only real crimes are disagreeing with them, or telling “racist” jokes, or “microaggressions”, or other wacky “crimes“ they can think up. Thus crime will seemingly cease to exist in Seattle (hence the “miracle”).

Eventually the denizens of Seattle will get the message. Why bother reporting the fact your daughter was assaulted and raped when the first thing the Seattle Stasi will do is search your family’s social media accounts looking for “hate”? For a preview of what is to come look to Great Britain and the so-called grooming gangs that operated openly for over a decade while law enforcement looked the other way and instead concentrated on fighting “anti-immigrant hate”.

    They have a plan. I think you just summarized it. The only hurdle is they must have the residents surrender their weapons. Maybe a BIG buyback program to “reduce” the “gun violence” which will be “reduced” in the reporting.

    They will refer to it as “gun violence” rather than violence by criminals. I have never seen a gun turn violent. I have seen people who are violent and some use guns.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 11, 2020 at 10:52 am

This resignation is a couple of months too late to mean anything. And to throw in “plus refusal to denounce marches to her house” makes it really pathetic.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 11, 2020 at 11:49 am

I just looked up Carmen Best’s salary and she seems to have clocked in at $289,000. Not bad, but some regular cops outearned her! In Forbes they wrote this:

In consideration of the current debate, our auditors at dug into Seattle’s pay and pension records for 2019 to figure out how the city is actually spending taxpayer money.

We found tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.

Her letter says she is “RETIRING” not “resigning”. Second, per the KOMO news videos HERE the pay cuts are “for the rest of the year”, specifically, from 9/2/2020 through 12/31/2020.

If her retirement pay is keyed to salary, retiring now preserves what she’s earned AND sticks it to Seattle as much as she can on her way out. Her letter is conciliatory, her actions say “shove it”. She said “it feels personal to me” and she’s looking out for herself because her bosses in the CC haven’t.

Good for her. Now move somewhere red and vote to keep it that way. And write a tell all.

    Per KOMO, the pay cuts will only save $500k over the rest of the year and will be earmarked for “black and brown” communities per the council member who was interviewed.

    Funny that the cuts only go through the election and the Dems hope of a regime change. Sounds like a TOKEN effort to me. Dems gotta buy black votes. Wonder what $500k works out to be per black in Seattle? Wiki says there’s 48,316 in the city … so the salary cuts amount to $10.35 each. That’s inflation for you … Dems used to buy votes for $1 and a few cigarettes.

      ThePrimordialOrderedPair in reply to MrE. | August 11, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      It’s more than $10 for a pack of cigarettes in Seattle so things haven’t changed all that much … except that you’re not allowed to smoke your cigarettes pretty much anywhere in Seattle.

    Lastly, from the video clip, it sounds like the cuts are to the lowest allowed by the bargaining agreement (union) pay scale.

    Not only TOKEN, but SPINELESS.

Best is retiring only because she is losing her department and has become a target of the lunatic left. She carried out the stupid wishes of the city council for months. There is no integrity here. Integrity would have been telling the council to shove it and upholding the law to protect the citizens she worked for.

We spent the week in Eastern Wa… driving home I thought how awesome it would be if the Eastern half of Wa, Or, and Idaho ceded and made their own 3 states. This would rock the senate and the electoral college. I’d move to the other side of the mountains in a heartbeat.

BierceAmbrose | August 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm

In black, female law enforcement leadership, the screaming D’s have now swapped out this chief for Kamala Extract.

Well, it’s clear what their priorities are.

Where I was from, we had three black police chiefs in a row: all chosen solely based on race. Naturally, all three of them sucked.

Merit should be color blind. Unless, of course, you’re a black racist. Or a white racist. Or an Asian racist. Or any racist.

So, despite more than two months and protests and riots, black Lives really don’t matter in Seattle.