Senator Honeyford Takes Note Of Seattle Chief’s Resignation
Who in the world would want the job of Chief of Police in Seattle? I guess now we'll find out as Seattle's Chief Carmen Best has turned in her resignation.
It was a full-on "defund the police" but yesterday the Seattle City Council voted 7-1 to cut some funding from the city’s police department.
The plan cuts 3-million from the Seattle Police Department’s $400 million budget including axing the city's Navigation Team and SWAT unit. The Patriot Post reports "the plan also cuts the pay of the city’s top police officers, including slashing the salary of Police Chief Carmen Best by a whopping 40%. The irony here is that a city council made up almost entirely of white leftists docked the pay of a black woman in order to advance the Marxist “black lives matter” agenda."
A lack of ideological support, the loss of officers and the substantial pay cut was apparently too much to swallow and Chief Best submitted her resignation.
Trending Politics says, "Chief Best has been an outspoken critic of the council’s plans to cut SPD’s budget, citing concerns over public safety in a scenario where the department is forced to lose personnel...”
Best's own home was targeted by protesters and in a letter to the City Council Best wrote." 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....I urge ...the entire council, to stand up for what is right....Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle...elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.”
The efforts and frustrations of Chief Best have not gone unnoticed by 15th District State Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside. Senator Honeyford spent some time wearing a badge in his past and he thinks Best is due some recognition and appreciation that she likely won't get from Seattle.
In a news release, Honeyford didn't mince any words in his response to how the Seattle City Council has mishandled the situation, saying, "My Senate Republican colleagues and I thank Chief Best for her 28 years of dedication and service to the City of Seattle, As a former police officer I am truly saddened, and quite frankly disgusted, by the way the supposedly progressive Seattle City Council treated the city’s first female African-American police chief. "
Honeyford says he has never seen another police chief treated in such a disrespectful and spiteful manner and he plans to introduce a resolution to formally honor and thank Chief Best when the Legislature reconvenes in January.