In a lengthy statement and a series of Twitter messages Thursday night, a Seattle councilor tore into the city’s soon-to-be departed Chief of Police Carmen Best, claiming it was “no accident” that “right-wing” figures like President Trump and Attorney General William Barr were upset of that Best planned to resign.
“They recognize the service [Best] has given the capitalist class a push back against the Black Lives Matter movement at the height of its power, ”wrote Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant according to Seattle’s KIRO-TV.
Best, who has been Seattle’s chief of police since August 2018, revealed in an email Monday that she was planning to retire, effective September 2nd. Her announcement came after Seattle City Council voted to cut police department budgets, including Best̵
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“I hate to see her go,” Sawant quoted Trump as saying of Best. The president made the remark on a news broadcast on Tuesday, according to a transcript from the White House.
“In light of the violence, she drew the line in the sand,” Sawant Barr was quoted as saying of the resigning boss. Barr also made the comment Tuesday, according to the Justice Department’s website.
The council’s Monday action came as supporters of the “Defund the police” movement across the United States are trying to reduce or even eliminate funding for the country’s police departments and point out what they say is a history of police abuse of African Americans and other minority groups. .
In his statement on Thursday, Sawant claimed that the council’s $ 3 million cut from the city’s police budget – expected to result in the loss of 100 officers through layoffs and exhaustion – represented a 2% reduction, but was far from the 50% slash that some Democrats in the council had promised protesters weeks earlier.
But that 2% cut “was too much for the Best,” Sawant wrote.
“Best also shouted ugly at the city council, which brought an inflated salary in the police chief to let the funds instead be used for the needs of the Black and Brown community, saying that the 7 percent were cut to her over a salary of a quarter of a million dollars ($ 294,000). , ‘felt fair and punitive,’ ”Sawant wrote.
Prior to the proposed cut, Best’s salary was 45% above the national average for police chiefs, while nine of the city’s top police chiefs were paid higher salaries than all 50 U.S. governors, Sawant claimed, according to KIRO.
‘Earthquake in American Politics’
Councilwoman claimed that Best and other police chiefs around the United States have resigned in recent weeks because the Black Lives Matter movement “has been nothing short of an earthquake in American politics that exposed endemic racism and police violence from American capitalism and put mayors , police chiefs and political companies across the country on the defensive. “
Sawant, 46, is a resident of India and a former software engineer who has served on Seattle City Council since 2014 and represented the Socialist Alternative Party.
In early July, Sawant called for overthrowing capitalism, including the seizure of Fortune 500 companies.
On Tuesday, Best Council described the budget section as a betrayal of the city’s police department, which had worked to get out of federal oversight after the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012 discovered a pattern of unconstitutional use of force.
“The council gave us $ 1.6 million to make sure we hire the best and brightest and most diverse and brought them forward,” Best said Tuesday. “And less than a year later, we just want to turn them all away. It feels very questionable. I have my beliefs. I can not do that.”
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Seattle has been among the largest cities for frequent protests and riots since George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody.
In late July, Best lashed out at perpetrators after an explosive device left an eight-inch hole in a wall of an urban political building.
“What we saw today was not peaceful,” Best said at the time, according to the Seattle Times. “The rebels saw no regard for the safety of the public, the safety of the officers or for the businesses and property they destroyed.”