Not only are citizens reaching the brink. After a large group of aggressive protesters targeted her home, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sent a letter to the Seattle City Council pleading with them to “stand up for what is right” and put an end to these tactics.
The letter came as the city council members were to begin a new round of discussions for cutting the SPD budget.
Letter Sent to Council
Written by Chief Carmen Best on August 2, 2020 8:33 pm
August 3rd, 2020
Lorena González, President and Lisa Herbold, Public Safety Chair
Seattle City Council, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Re: Intimidation of Public Officials and Employees
Dear President González, Chairwoman Herbold, and Seattle City Council Members:
I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last night.
A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night.
My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so. Currently, the local sheriff (not SPD resources) is monitoring the situation.
I urge both of you, and the entire council, to stand up for what is right. These direct actions against elected officials, and especially civil servants like myself, are out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation. Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.
The events of this summer were initiated in a moment of grief and outrage over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and so many other Black and Brown people suffering at the hands of injustice. All of us must ensure that this righteous cause is not lost in the confusion of so many protestors now engaging in violence and intimidation, which many are not speaking against.
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department
Tammy Morales, Councilmember, District 2
Kshama Sawant, Councilmember, District 3
Alex Pedersen, Councilmember, District 4
Debora Juarez, Councilmember, District 5
Dan Strauss, Councilmember, District 6
Andrew Lewis, Councilmember, District 7
Teresa Mosqueda, Councilmember, District 8, At-Large
Community Police Commission, Co-Chairs
Notice how the chief says that allowing mob rule is “out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation.”
She urges action be taken so that the righteous cause of the suffering of Black and Brown people is not lost in the confusion.
But its already too late. The leftist agenda of the activists has blurred the cause with its senseless chaos and violence.