Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will be resigning on Wednesday morning, following the city council voting to defund the police amid massive unrest.
The news of Best’s resignation came one day after dozens of businesses were looted once again.
On Tuesday evening after news of her resignation leaked, Chief Best emailed Seattle police officers explaining her decision.
“It was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time,” Best wrote. “I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times. You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.”
Best said that the mayor has appointed Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz as the interim Chief of Police.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020
Q13 reports, “the council on Monday approved proposals that would reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition. Chief Best was vocal in her oppostion to the cuts, which came after councilmembers pledged to redirect money from SPD to community programs amid calls from protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.”
The budget cut will slash nearly $4 million from the department’s annual budget — and the councilmembers promised to cut even more in 2021. The 7-1 vote faced objections from the city’s police chief, mayor and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild.
As Gateway Pundit previously reported, one council member, lunatic socialist Kshama Sawant, voted no because the cuts did not go far enough.