Carmen Best, the first Black police chief in Seattle's history, left her post Wednesday, saying on her way out that the city council's police budget cuts had put her in a "position destined to fail," according to a report.
H/T: Fox News
Best, 55, announced her resignation Aug 10, after the council made good on its promise to approve sweeping proposals that would slash the police department budget by $4 million and cut as many as 100 officers from the force.
"I believe 100% that they were putting me in a position destined to fail. Cutting a police department that already had low staffing numbers, that was already struggling to keep up with the demand," Best said in an interview with NPR's All Things Considered on Wednesday. "How are we going to provide for adequate public safety in that environment?"
Carmen Best, Seattle's first Black woman police chief, says she was excluded from conversations around reimagining the future of policing, which made it "very difficult to move forward and make the changes needed." https://t.co/ZevzkjRu6g— NPR (@NPR) September 3, 2020
Seattle PD Chief Carmen Best greets every officer in the last workday. She resigned after she was forced to fire cops due to defunding pic.twitter.com/vDVs7B4zT4— Lasse Burholt (@lasseburholt) September 3, 2020
Happening now: dozens of @SeattlePD officers have lined 5th Ave to recognize Chief Carmen Best, who retires today after 28 years. She personally greeted each officer here, as she arrives on the final day of work pic.twitter.com/zxFpjxj2ED— Ryan Simms (@RyanKIRO7) September 2, 2020
Started the morning with a socially distanced interview to say thank you and farewell to the community and to the hard-working men and women of the @SeattlePD . I am honored. I am blessed. pic.twitter.com/qEfTaKLwG3— Chief Carmen Best (@carmenbest) September 2, 2020
My original security detail took me to a swanky breakfast for my last day 😋. I feel fortunate to have had such dedicated public servant‘s by my side. pic.twitter.com/T7Ov5Tf30H— Chief Carmen Best (@carmenbest) September 2, 2020