Seattle police chief sends letter to city council after protesters target her home

by Peter Heck · Aug 4th, 2020 8:29 am

Last Updated Aug 4th, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sent a sharply worded letter to the city council about its failure to respond effectively to the lawlessness plaguing the region after a group of agitators descended upon her home Saturday night.

Best gained national notoriety after leading her department in tearing down the "autonomous zone" in Seattle at the end of June.

"I urge both of you, and the entire council, to stand up for what is right," Best wrote. "These direct actions against elected officials, and especially civil servants like myself, are out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation. Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics."

Best drew a clear distinction between those peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd and what has been occurring in Seattle.

"All of us must ensure that this righteous cause is not lost in the confusion of so many protesters now engaging in violence and intimidation, which many are not speaking against," she said.

Local media reported that a group of nearly 200 mostly white men and women dressed in dark clothing, hoods, and carrying bags and Black Lives Matter signs were targeting Best's home in Snohomish County. Neighbors prevented the agitators from being able to trespass onto her property despite their multiple efforts to do so.

Seattle's City Council has toyed with the idea of serious cuts to the police department's budget. According to KOMO News, some of the councilmembers' homes have also been targeted by agitators and protesters.


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