Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her resignation on Tuesday, saying that she was not leaving her post because of pay cuts to her department. Instead, it was the complete “lack of respect” that is being given to her fellow police officers that caused Chief Best to throw in the towel.
Best’s resignation comes after the Seattle City Council voted to reduce the city’s police department by 100 officers through layoffs and attrition, according to Fox News. During a press conference on Tuesday, Best was asked if this decision as well as radical leftwing protesters appearing at her home earlier this month played any role in her decision to resign.
Best, however, was not having any of it. She fired back at the reporter who asked this question by saying it “is not about the money, and it certainly isn’t about the demonstrators.”
“I mean, be real, I have a lot thicker skin than that,” Best chided. “It really is about the overarching lack of respect for the officers, the men and women who work so hard, day in and day out.”
“The idea that we’ve worked so incredibly hard to make sure our department was diverse, that [it] reflects the community that we serve, to just turn that all on a dime and hack it off, without having a plan in place to move forward, is highly distressful for me,” she added.
Best, who was the first black police chief of the Washington city, announced in a letter to her department that her resignation would be effective on September 2.
“I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times,” she wrote in the letter. “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.”
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020
Anti-police sentiments have been at an all-time high all over the United States over the past few months in the wake of the death of George Floyd. If liberal leaders don’t step up soon and start giving their officers the respect that they deserve, they can expect plenty more resignations like Best’s to pour in, leaving Seattle residents and merchants in the lurch.