On July 24, Seattle Chief of Police, Carmen Best, published an open letter to local business owners and residents explaining that recent legislation, “gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.”
In the face of anticipated violent protests over the coming weekend, Best goes on to say the department “will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend – as I will never ask our officers to risk their personal safety to protect property without the tools to do so in a safe way.”
Best has split ranks, to a degree, from the City Council, which has radically moved to hamstring the police ability to respond to the escalating violence by protesters.
Best recognizes that these politicians are abdicating their obligation to protect law abiding citizens and choosing to support the protesters.
Later, a federal judge overseeing the Consent Decree issued a temporary order halting the implementation of the City Council’s recently passed legislation, which was referenced in the chief’s letter.