As we’ve covered previously here at RedState, Seattle’s Police Chief, Carmen Best, opted to resign her position in the face of the department being gutted and her salary being slashed. In what appears to have been a retaliatory move in response to Best’s unwavering leadership during the weeks of unrest this spring and summer, the Seattle City Council cut off their proverbial nose to spite their face.
As my colleague, Sister Toldjah observed:
The irony here cannot be overstated. In an effort to appease radical “Black Lives Matter” activists, the City Council chose to show their support for diverse black voices by punishing one for expressing her disagreement.
Throughout the unrest in Seattle, Best has demonstrated her dedication to the department and city she has served for nearly three decades. Her resignation letter exemplified her devotion to both:
“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.”
Following her resignation, Attorney General William Barr issued a statement via the DOJ regarding Best and her service.
Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on the Resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best https://t.co/dYZQvpfy6F
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) August 11, 2020
It’s clear from the statement that Barr holds Best in high regard:
“I was disheartened to learn of the resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. Her leadership and demonstrated commitment to her oath of office reflected all that is good about America’s law enforcement. In the face of mob violence, she drew the line in the sand and said, “Enough!”, working tirelessly to save lives, protect her officers, and restore stability to Seattle. Her example should be an inspiration to all who respect the rule of law and cherish safety and security in their communities. This experience should be a lesson to state and local leaders about the real costs of irresponsible proposals to defund the police.”
Politics being what they are, Barr’s praise will undoubtedly be viewed by some as damning but he is right. This isn’t progress for Seattle — it’s most certainly their loss.