Thanks to the Seattle City Council’s Monday vote to cut her salary and gut the police department, Police Chief Carmen Best is resigning, effective September 2nd.
In the resignation letter she emailed her colleagues on the force, Best told her fellow officers that “this was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time.” She also stated she was “confident the department will make it through these difficult times. 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.”
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is resigning. Here's the message she just sent to officers, hours after the Seattle City Council voted on cuts to the police department budget. pic.twitter.com/FxUj3UiL9P— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) August 11, 2020
"I do feel like it's ... animus toward me specifically": The Seattle Council is expected to pass a massive pay cut for @SeattlePD Chief @CarmenBest today. She would be making less than she made as deputy chief, and less than the white woman who held the job before her. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/BKpPAtljXX— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) August 10, 2020
Without the support of a city council & mayor, there is not much leading a police chief can actually do.— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 11, 2020
Even darker times are ahead for those in Seattle. #antifa #SeattleRiots https://t.co/miJn1qt1BR
This vote comes after the Seattle City Council voted to gut the SPD, which specifically targeted Best’s command staff and will lay off 100 officers, most of whom are officers of color.— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020
This news can't be overstated: a black female police chief in a profession dominated by white men is essentially being driven out by "woke" Seattle politicians.— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020
It seems surreal the @SeattleCouncil, which met via ZOOM, on a remote basis...— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) August 11, 2020
...could chase off a Police Chief, a Seattle veteran, & a woman of color, who was *in* the streets on near daily basis.
Debate funding. Debate tactics.
You can't debate how surreal that seems.
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
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. (END THREAD) pic.twitter.com/ivvHlwLYWz— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) August 11, 2020
Carmen Best was the first black police chief in Seattle history.— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) August 11, 2020
This is what the “Defund The Police” crowd did. https://t.co/nAGIupO4N8
BREAKING: Police Chief Carmen Best announced her retirement from the department in the wake of Seattle City Council voting Monday to defund her department by 14 percent.— KOMO News (@komonews) August 11, 2020
"This was a difficult decision for me, but when it's time, it's time."https://t.co/r8wDQAfcAM