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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