Seattle Police Chief to City Council, Residents, and Business Owners: ‘We Can’t Protect the City… So We Won’t’

Seattle made it official last week, the town is now available for whatever protesters want to do, and the police can’t intervene.

The Seattle City Council passed an ordinance banning the use of several non-lethal tools, such as pepper spray, by the Seattle police department. The ban on pepper spray allowed the use in very targeted instances against specific individuals, but that made the exception useless. In the middle of a riot, you can’t guarantee pepper spray will reach just one person. It’s an aerosol.

With her hands effectively tied by the Council, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sent the Council a letter explaining that she can’t protect the city and will not put her officers in harm’s way without the tools necessary to protect themselves.

Best wrote:

“With this Council ordinance, we hear loudly and clearly that the use of these less-lethal tools by SPD officers to disperse crowds that have turned violent have been completely banned by City Council.

Under these circumstances, as created by Council, we cannot manage demonstrations as we have in the past. If I am not allowed to lawfully equip officers with the tools they have been trained to use to protect the community and themselves, it would be reckless to have them confront this level of violence under the current legal restrictions imposed by Council.”

“The Council legislation gives officers no ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd. Allowing this behavior deeply troubles me, but I am duty-bound to follow the Council legislation once it is in effect. If the Council is prepared to suggest a different response or interpretation of the legislation, I stand ready to receive it.”

After sending this letter, Best wrote one to Seattle business owners and residents in which she said:

“Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.”

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  1. Submariner in TX
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    The mind boggles; reason totters! The inmates are truly in charge of the asylum.

  2. John T Mattison Jr
    Reply

    Praise God! Wake up voters. Is this how you really want to live?

  3. William C Hosch
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    The very first responsibility of government is the protection of its citizens and their property. Because the lawful government of Seattle has resigned it’s primary reason for existence, it can safely be said that there is now no legal government in Seattle. The governor of the state of Washington should now step in to take full charge of the city and restore order. Failure to do that defaults to President Trump to see that the citizens and their property are protected. If the President fails to do that, the responsibility then falls back to the people of Washington through the state militia to restore order. Someone in authority must recognize that the riots in Seattle are a Marxist revolution and can only be shut down with the application of force. The communist dictum is that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”. Use their own philosophy to stop the rioters, or our nation will fall.

    • Chaplain Rodger De Ramus
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      If riots and protest are what the Seattle city council want, then why not gather a large Conservative Political Entity and travel to the city and engage the Communist rioters and protesters, those not protesting peacefully, and take back the city for the United States Government.

      I would like to add this also; if Biden is elected as president of this country, basically the only democratically controlled country, the demonstrations and riots in Washington and Oregon will be the situation in all of our cities. The Demonstrations for George Floyd are over, now there are riots and protest that are aimed at tearing down the United States of America. This cannot happen. If the cities will not protect it’s citizens, then it is up to the citizens to protect ourselves and that may become armed conflict. I am not calling total destruction of the states that are involved in these riots, but someone somehow, has got to protect those that are innocent citizens, not involved in any way for these marxist demonstrations.
      There are many veterans that have fought for the freedom of this nation from the onslaught of communism and other government take over all across the world and I speak for them all, I am sure they will be willing to join forces to stop this destruction of our cities and towns across the country/ That’s it.

  4. cr
    Reply

    Although truly truly sad 😢 it’s the best you can do… My family sends you and your department regards and prayer 🙏

  5. carmine stoffo
    Reply

    Kudos to the Chief of Police of the city of Seattle for standing strong in support of her officers. When the City Council wakes from their idiotic slumber, maybe they will have regained any semblance of intelligence, and restore the ability of the police force to once again maintain law and order in the city.
    God help any law-abiding citizens of that city.

    • CeeDee
      Reply

      Recall the people from their positions who have made these stupid decisions and that includes the mayor and anyone else who makes these ridiculous decisions.

  6. Brenda Pfaff
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    Good for the Chief, I would tell my officers to stay home until such time as they can do their job without the added risk. Their job is hard enough without their hands being tied. How can they effectively do their job to serve and protect under these conditions. Support the Police or get out of office.

  7. Brenda Pfaff
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    Notice how are these cities that have Rioters not protest are Democrats. Vote Trump and the GOP to restore Law and Order. Citizens of Washington State need to revolt NOW and take back your cities and your state. We of America support you and your Police Department.

  8. Larry!
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    I bet they would change their minds real quick if the citizens showed up at their resident with tar and feathers and started targeting their property, spray paint, throwing all kinds of crap at their homes starting fires. Would they expect 911 to work for them, would the police come to help?

  9. Tommy Gunn
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    I’d bet the farm that if exactly the same kind of damage and chaos was being done by “protesters” that were in fact foreign troops, the Democrat Governors, mayors, and council members, who are now so “understanding and tolerant” of our home grown thugs, would be screaming for Trump to send in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Customs Enforcement, Boy Scouts and even the hated NRA to quell this BS! The people of the United States are now seeing first hand just what to expect should, God forbid, Biden and his equally demented cohorts gain control. During the Obama regime, the GOP had control of the House and Senate. But they were too unwilling to wield the power they had. Instead wanted to be nice and “bipartisan” with the Democrats. Now we are all paying the price for their lack of backbone. This Country has one foot on a banana peel, and the other hanging over the edge of a cliff. November will tell if we survive as a nation, or slide into total anarchy and Civil War II.

    • James K Sloan
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      I agree. Someone must demonstrate to the rabble that enough is enough. Next, how can the “normal everyday citizen” tolerate the action of the city leaders? All the citizens must realize that they are the ones that will be paying for all the damage that the marxist, communist, and what ever other weirdos are causing. How many business leaders are going to decide that their money for facilities would be better and safer spent elsewhere?

  10. Michael Graham
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    This Chief of Police is 100% correct!!! Yes, she knows the motto “TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE”, however, she also knows her responsibility to her officers. In this case that loyalty and love takes presidence. I hope the the loyalty run up as well as down the chain of command. When you have people who are clueless making tactical and equipment decisions you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t!!! If the citizens of Seattle are willing to go along with that crap then they deserve the end product!!! All this Chief and her officers desire is to be allowed to do the job that they know needs to be done and that they really are uniquely equipped to do…me, I’m more then happy with helmet, face shield, and riot baton. The rioters would pay a heavy price IF THE OFFICERS ARE PROPERLY TRAINED AND WILLING!!! MAXIMUM FORCE MAXIMUM VIOLENCE!!!

  11. COLIN NICOLS
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    A very classic example of elected and non elected city “officials” who are only concerned about their jobs and careers and not the people they have been hired to support and protect. How absolutely pathetic this is. God help us all!

  12. BRUCE W. GARSHAW
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    REDICULUS, SEND IN THE MARINES AND GET THE JOB DONE. ADVISE EVERYONE THAT THERE WILL BE A COMPLETE CLEARANCE OF DISRUPTERS, RIOTERS AND ANARCTIST AFTER A DEFINITE TIME. ANY ON THE STREETS AFTER THAT TIME WILL BE ARRESTED WITH ANY MEANS NECESSARY. ANYONE ARRESTED WILL NOT GET ANY GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE INCLUDING MONEY FOR STIMULUS OR WELFARE/MEDICADE
    WANT THE JOB DONE—–SEND THE MARINES WITH ORDERS TO CLEAR OUT THE HODLEMS.

  13. Gene Pache
    Reply

    This is a very tragic situation for the Seattle Police Department and the people of Seattle. I salute Ms Carmen Best for her courage and for protecting her officers. The city council will be responsible for injuries to people and property their policies will cause.

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