Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best suggested she will pull back police after city officials passed a new law that bans cops from using crowd-control tools to manage the multiple violent mobs rioting in her city.
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In a statement, Chief Best (a black woman whose advice that leftist lawmakers are cavalierly ignoring) said there’s no safe way for her police officers to arrest rioters and violent thugs when the City Council has handcuffed law enforcement.
The new law goes into effect on Sunday (July 26). The law bans Seattle Police officers from using pepper spray, tear gas, blast balls and other nonlethal gear to subdue violent mobs.
Both Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle’s Democrat Mayor, Jenny Durkan, oppose the new law, saying it jeopardizes public safety and endangers the lives of police officers.
— Omari Salisbury (@Omarisal) July 20, 2020
Chief Best continued: “It will create even more dangerous circumstances for our officers to intervene using what they have left – riot shields and riot batons. For these reasons, SPD will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend.”
She added: “The Council legislation gives officers no ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd. Allowing this behavior deeply troubles me…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 pointed out that Black Lives Matter and Antifa thugs have been rioting, looting, and torching Seattle for weeks, and that their destruction will continue this weekend.
“It is a fact that there are groups and individuals who are intent on destruction in our City…This weekend we know that several events are planned across the city that will foreseeably involve many of the same violent actors from recent days.
There is no reason not to assume we will continue to experience property destruction, arson, looting, and attempts to injure additional officers throughout the weekend and beyond.”
Yesterday at 9 p.m., federal judge James Robart temporarily blocked Seattle’s new law banning police from using pepper spray, blast balls and similar tools to curb violent mobs.
Judge Robart issued a temporary restraining order during an emergency hearing after the U.S. Department of Justice sought to block the new law.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department warned local business owners that police will not be able to protect them from rioters and looters because of the City Council’s new law.
A local Seattle store owner tweeted: “My store was attacked today during the ICE Protest in Seattle. What the hell did my store have to do with the protest? F*ck everyone who did this. You terrified two teenage baristas who had to hide in the back while people smashed the windows in and destroyed the store.” (**Language warning)
My store was attacked today during the ICE Protest in Seattle. What the hell did my store have to do with the protest? Fuck everyone who did this, you terrified two teenage baristas who had to hide in the back while people smashed the windows in and destroyed the store. pic.twitter.com/K34RyRd0cZ
— Monica Mera (@moni_camera) July 20, 2020
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and other law-enforcement officials around the country have repeatedly underscored that the Left’s demonization of police is fueling a catastrophic surge in violent crimes.
“[Anti-police leftists] don’t have a plan to do anything to maintain public safety,” Best said. “I find this decision by seven members of our City Council to be incredibly reckless and not taking into account the public safety of the other 750,000 people who live here in Seattle. It truly is a tragic decision.”
(Source: Fox News)
A Twitter user remarked: “This exactly what we need to be doing to rioters!”
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