Progress? Seattle City Council Successfully Ousts City’s First Black Police Chief

As President Obama was so fond of quoting: “The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice.” But sometimes, when we look at the things the modern social justice left considers “justice,” you have to wonder where that arc is actually leading. Is it progress to force Seattle’s first black police chief in history to resign from the force? If so, we suppose the Seattle City Council took a big step towards the future with their vote on Monday night.

Police Chief Carmen Best announced Monday that she would be stepping down from her position atop the Seattle Police Department after the city council voted to strip the police force of $5 million, slash up to 100 sworn officers from the department, and cut Best’s salary.

“This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time,” Best said in a statement announcing her retirement. “I want to thank Mayor Durkan for her continuous support through good times and tough times. 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.”

That the vast majority of Seattle residents support the police is a fact that was not necessarily in evidence on Monday as the city council passed their measures. The only member of the council to vote against the cuts was extremist Kshama Sawant, who said they didn’t go far enough in defunding the police.

“Today I voted against what is euphemistically called the City Council’s ‘Balancing Package’ to the 2020 budget, because the only balancing that is happening is on the backs of working people, especially in Black and Brown communities,” Sawant said. “This budget fails working people.”

Well, it certainly fails working police officers – particularly those officers who are new to the force and thus most likely to lose their jobs under the cuts mandated by the council. It is also worth noting that the rest of the city council – far from being prudent about the measures – is promising that this week’s cuts only represent a “down payment” on the defunding to come.

“Instead of buying bullets, violence and intimidation, we are choosing — the city council is choosing — to invest in peace and restoration in a community that has been ravaged by generations of racism,” City Council President Lorena Gonzales said.

Good luck with that, Seattle. If the first casualty of your investment is the resignation of the black police chief, however, we’d say there are quite a few unintended consequences coming your way.


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