She was totally professional about it. But when Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best resigned on Tuesday, a single day after her department’s budget was stripped of funding, everybody knew it was meant to flip a symbolic middle finger – as she walked out the door- at the liberal anarchists mismanaging the city.
Seattle has no need for law enforcement
The anarchist paradise of Seattle, Washington, has declared law and order a thing of the past so the city’s Chief of Police decided to take her badge to another city, where they do enforce the laws. On Tuesday, Chief Carmen Best handed in her resignation. All police are good for, liberals insist, is racial bias and violence.
It came as a surprise, so Best’s exodus “marked one of the most notable big-city police department shakeups,” Reuters reports. Since the May 25 alleged death of George Floyd, riots and looting have been rampant in liberal run cities, including Seattle. All across the country, George Soros inspired and funded radicals are screaming to “defund” the police. They think that social workers are better prepared to deal with the situation – when a 350 pound schizophrenic gets hold of some “spice,” rips off their clothes and starts terrorizing a neighborhood with long sharp cutlery.
Laws are a thing of the past in Seattle, so Chief Best is stepping aside to keep from preventing progress. “Out of this challenge will spring new hope for a better future for all,” she declared in her parting news conference. “I trust everyone will find a way to work together and put aside personal conflicts, political grandstanding, and power plays.”
She wasn’t even in the loop
One of the biggest reasons that the top Seattle cop went walking is because they wouldn’t even keep her in the loop or seek her input on critical administrative decisions, even ones affecting her department. The 55-year-old Chief Best, according to Reuters, “cited the council’s decision not to consult her more thoroughly ahead of the cuts, which will force the layoff of about 100 officers, as a major factor in her decision.” Representatives of the Black Lives Matter now hold the keys to the city.
By a vote of 7-1 on Monday, the Seattle City Council decided to purge $3.5 million from the police departments budget, “while investing $17 million in community safety programs.” As an extra insult, “Monday’s city council action reduced Best’s annual salary by $10,000.” By the time they get done training social workers to do the job of police, they’ll have police. They don’t see it that way though. They need social workers, not police, to deal with the “addiction, mental illness and homelessness.” those are the reasons the police are putting people behind bars. Their citizens of color aren’t criminals just because they steal or murder.
Council President Lorena González called Monday’s vote a “down-payment for future potential reductions” to the department’s budget. They’ll just give guns to Seattle child welfare workers and daycare inspectors. Anything, liberals insist, to stop the “growing militarization of law enforcement” is a good thing. They forget that it’s the police who are called when the anarchists get out of control and start setting things on fire or holding shootouts in the street. Attorney General William Barr weighed in on the issue and called Best’s resignation a “lesson to state and local leaders about the real costs of irresponsible proposals to defund the police.”