Seattle police chief to residents and business owners: You’re on your own against violent protesters

Seattle’s Chief of Police Carmen Best has penned a letter to the city’s residents and business owners, informing them that they’re on their own against this Sunday’s anticipate violent protests because her hands are tied by the City Council.

Dated yesterday, July 24, 2020, the letter reads as follows (source: The Magazine):

July 24, 2020

Dear Business Owner and/or Resident:

Please know that the Seattle Police Department is committed to addressing life safety incidents and calls for service, and responding to ongoing demonstrations and unrest in the city.

Please also know that the City Council Ordinance 119805 Crowd Control Tool goes into effect this weekend on Sunday, July 26, 2020. This ordinance bans Seattle police officers the use of less lethal tools, including pepper spray that is commonly used to disperse crowds that have turned violent. Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.

It is important to bring to your attention that yesterday, I sent the City Council a letter ensuring them as the Chief of Police, I have done my due diligence of informing them numerous times of the foreseeable impact of this ordinance on upcoming events. The letter is attached for your reference.

For these reasons, Seattle Police will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstration this weekend — as I will never ask our officers to risk their personal safety to protect property without the tools to do so in a safe way.

Sincerely,

Carmen Best
Chief of Police

Here’s a screenshot of the letter.

And here’s Police Chief Best’s July 23 letter to the Seattle City Council (source: Seattle.gov):

Letter to City Council Regarding Council Ordinance 119805 – Crowd Control Tools

July 23, 2020
Lorena González, President and Lisa Herbold, Public Safety Chair
Seattle City Council, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Re: City Council Ordinance 119805 – Crowd Control Tools

Dear President González, Chairwoman Herbold, and Seattle City Council Members:

SPD has confirmed with the City Attorney’s Office that the City Council ordinance banning the use of less lethal tools – including pepper spray – commonly used to disperse crowds that have turned violent, will go into effect this weekend as written.

I am sending this notification for the purpose of ensuring I have done my due diligence of informing Council of the foreseeable impact of this ordinance on upcoming events.

It is a fact that there are groups and individuals who are intent on destruction in our City. Yes, we also have seen weeks of peaceful demonstrations, but two recent events (Sunday, July 19th and Wednesday, July 22nd) have included wide-scale property destruction and attacks on officers, injuring more than a dozen, some significantly.

This weekend we know that several events are planned across the city that will foreseeably involve many of the same violent actors from recent days. There is no reason not to assume we will continue to experience property destruction, arson, looting, and attempts to injure additional officers throughout the weekend and beyond.

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.

Some have asked why officers are not arresting those engaging in criminal behavior, as officers do every day, and as they have in recent protests. If it is safe to do so, and even when it places their lives in danger, our officers always directly address criminal behavior. They do this, however, when they know they have the tools shown to allow the safe use of their policing powers. This Council ordinance denies them access to these tools that have been an essential part of their court-approved tactics.

We have clear, court-mandated procedures for arresting individuals, grounded in the principles of deescalation. SPD’s de-escalation principles are premised on the expectation, consistent with policy and best practices, that officers have the full array of approved tools. In large crowds, there is no safe way for officers to effect arrests when their colleagues do not have the tools necessary to protect them.

As City Council’s legislation goes into effect, it will create even more dangerous circumstances for our officers to intervene using what they have left – riot shields and riot batons.

For these reasons, SPD will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend. 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.

Additionally, while the Ordinance by title suggests a limitation to crowd management purposes, the language of the Ordinance, in its blanket prohibition on the procurement and ownership of such tools, effectively eliminates these tools as available less-lethal options across the board. The bill clearly bans OC spray at any rally, demonstration or other event, despite if it turns violent.

Further, while we recognize a limited exception for the targeted use of OC spray, the exception does not realistically allow for deployment in such a manner that ensures the aerosol does not disperse onto anyone other than the intended subject. For these reasons, officers who typically deploy with OC as one of their standard less-lethal options will no longer be carrying this tool.

We continue to assess the impact of the prohibition on the procurement, ownership, and use of these tools on SWAT operations.

I believe Council can lead on de-escalation at each of these events through their voice and presence encouraging peaceful demonstrations. It remains my deep hope that once OPA and the OIG have had the opportunity to complete the analysis tasked to them, Council will engage productively with SPD and
its accountability partners to forge a meaningful path forward that provides for public safety in these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,

Carmen Best

Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department

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Tammy Morales, Councilmember, District 2
Kshama Sawant, Councilmember, District 3
Alex Pedersen, Councilmember, District 4
Debora Juarez, Councilmember, District 5
Dan Strauss, Councilmember, District 6
Andrew Lewis, Councilmember, District 7
Teresa Mosqueda, Councilmember, District 8, At-Large

You may find Ordinance 119805 and other documentation here: https://seattle.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4564636&GUID=90EDF5B4-7607-43BB-A99C-514C0B51CB56

Seattle’s businesses are boarding up in preparation for Sunday’s “protest”:

If I were a resident or business owner in Seattle, I would inform the City Council that I will no longer pay my property taxes, which fund the Seattle Police Department and pay the salaries of Seattle’s CRIMINAL City Council.

Just as BLM thugs vandalized the home of radical-Left Oakland, CA mayor Libby Schaaf last Tuesday, July 21, 2020, resulting in Schaaf now calling the protesters “terrorists,” Seattle protesters really should go to the homes of the Seattle City Council members to give them a taste of what the residents and business owners have to endure.

Update (July 26, 2020):

In response to a request for an injunction by the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal judge issued a ruling late Friday night blocking the implementation of a law passed by the Seattle City Council last month that was set to go in force this weekend that prohibits police from using most non-lethal crowd control tools. (Gateway Pundit)

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG
13 days ago

I hope, HOPE, that Seattle residents are realizing that elections have consequences. Maybe???????

PS: A liberal friend of my mine in the Seattle area asked me last week what kind of gun they should buy. Yesterday they searched and not ONE gun nor ANY ammo available in that town (heck, no ammo of any kind to be found in my small OK town right now either). And dealers said they can’t even get any in stock through orders. Antifa/BLM have been the best gun salesmen…

Nolan Parker
Nolan Parker
13 days ago

Well,, I guess Im confused, again,, Seems to me the Less than Lethal stuff was created to allow the cops to protect innocent people from situations without having to club someone over the head or shoot them,, If the geniuses at the top have decided that the people whose job it is to maintain a safe environment for the innocent people have decided to make it impossible for them to do so WITHOUT clubbing people over the head or shooting them,, the answer from the cops isnt, Youre on your own,, NOW its You start trouble and NO,, YOu wont… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Dr Eowyn, you are so correct. It is not fair to expect police officers to put their lives on the line–with nothing available to protect themselves. I just read yesterday that three of the Federal agents currently here in Portland, OR were assaulted with lasers–and they are permanently blind! Any fool who thinks that these anarchists are just playing games or peacefully protesting should be put at the forefront of our police officers.

DCG
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DCG
13 days ago
Reply to  Nolan Parker

You’re missing the overall picture of what has been happening in Seattle for MONTHS. The progressives in charge are siding with Antifa/BLM/thugs. They are defunding police. The are demoralizing the police. They are allowing lawlessness, including murders. Residents ARE on their own. “The City of Seattle about to cut the police budget by 50%, laying off over 700 cops. Concurrently, Seattle is closing their jail.” https://twitter.com/jasonrantz/status/1285781425917026304 The mayor ALLOWED thugs to take over one of their precincts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uLRRbuB2t8 “Nineteen 911 Calls Get Zero Response After Burglary, Arson Suspect Held”https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/06/16/chaz-effect-911-calls-go-unanswered-burglary-arson-suspect-held/ See a pattern here? It’s an organized, dereliction of duty motivated… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago
Reply to  DCG

As far as I am concerned, ALL police or other protection should be pulled from City officials. Let them bare the same degree of terror that they are willing to heap on other citizens.

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
13 days ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

ditto that

james mcfarland
james mcfarland
13 days ago
Reply to  DCG

7/25/20 … a federal judge has knocked down the councils ruling out these tools … anyone seeking guns or ammo in the city of seattle is nuts, as they have taxed the gun stores out of the city … Federal Way gun shops have guns and while ammo is limited it is available … going north and east the same, and they are loving it … however, some of the ammo types across the county are out of stock … reason, I have heard is a lot of the communists/libbers are waking up and becoming first time gun buyers, hopefully… Read more »

DCG
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DCG
13 days ago
Reply to  Nolan Parker

Think about it this way: If you are a Seattle resident and you see that police won’t protect their OWN house (precinct), how much confidence do you have that they’ll show up to protect YOUR HOUSE?

Nathan
Nathan
13 days ago
Reply to  DCG

100% agree

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
13 days ago
Reply to  Nolan Parker

or both clubbed, shot, and clubbed again. Then hang ’em on a fence with a sign say what they did, as a warning to others.

Maryaha
Maryaha
13 days ago

Can the justice department send in federal agents like in Portland?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago
Reply to  Maryaha

They certainly need to. I am 100% behind our President for sending in these officers to attempt to quell what is going on here in Portland. It is beyond gross.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
13 days ago
Reply to  Maryaha

They can and likely will if federal law is broken or federal property or lives are at stake. DHS Acting Director Wolf tonight said (Huckabee show) his team didn’t need “to be invited” into a conflict by the locals; they go and do what needs done regardless. But it could be setting the nation up for that civil war between states led by marxist insurrectionists and the rest of us. We’ve already seen western state AGs and Governors (and maybe an arrogant mayor or two) threaten lawsuits against the feds for stepping on their toes, but that won’t get them… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago

Absolutely correct . . . why should decent law abiding citizens pay their property taxes, or the salaries of the dumb-asses on the City Council when they cannot get any help with these Anarchists. It feels as though we have drifted into a “twilight zone.” Who would ever think this would happen in the United States of America?

chemtrailssuck
13 days ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

Many people who were taken over by communists probably thought the same thing.

Grif
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13 days ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

While not paying property taxes seems like a good idea, it wouldn’t help the property owner in the least. All the city government would do is put a tax lien on your property, which would make it impossible for you to sell your house until the back taxes, plus usurious interest, were paid in full.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago
Reply to  Grif

Grif . . . I know what you are saying is 100% correct. The only hope is to recall those supposedly serving on city and county commissions.

chemtrailssuck
13 days ago

I wonder if this is how it started in Russia with the Bolsheviks. Are there any good books about what really happened in Stalinst Russia, not the edited/censored/dusted/sanitized US versions of “history”.

chemtrailssuck
9 days ago
Reply to  Charles

Thank you Charles! 🙂 I’ll have to buy it while I still can. 🙂

Darth Skippy
Darth Skippy
13 days ago

Praetors trained for civilian disarmament in the foreign theater.

They do not pick sides in your disputes.

What is self-defence, to you, is gang warfare, to them.

Grif
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13 days ago

The only law-abiding citizens in Seattle’s city government are the police, who are constrained from discharging their sworn duty to enforce the law, by a pack of purposeful snowflakes who seem to think that if the police just go away, then everyone will stop terrorizing the civilian population. There can be no peace when the restraints of viscious lawlessness are removed. Unchecked criminality only breeds more unchecked criminality. I would be interested in seeing what the reaction of the Marxist Mayor and City Councillors would be if someone doxxed them all and then have the police stand back and say… Read more »

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago
Reply to  Grif

I cannot remember whether this pertains to Seattle or Chicago, but perhaps it was Chicago . . . there is a huge increase in the numbers of those who are putting in to take their pensions, or just quitting. The governments response was to put a stop to that . . . in other words, don’t give these officers any means to protect themselves, and when they say they’ve “had enough” and want out, you just pass an edict that says . . . “not on your life!” I would not blame any officer for going to their doctor asking… Read more »

DCG
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DCG
13 days ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

The police retiring/wanting to quit is happening in all these demorat-run cities: Minneapolis, Chiraq, Seattle, Portland, etc. From Andy Ngo: “A source in the Portland Police: “Some are thinking we just need to give the vocal minority and the politicians what they want: We go away and let the city burn.”

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1286836104688054272

No clue
No clue
13 days ago
Reply to  DCG

I would close up my busines stop paying these clown politicians who are not upholding up there end to serve the people that elected them, but as soon as one protester gets shot by some one defending there business they will at fault , what a joke

james mcfarland
james mcfarland
13 days ago
Reply to  DCG

What has not been addressed here is the duty of the Sheriff … the highest and elected LEO of the land …

Tim Neumayer
Tim Neumayer
12 days ago

James, good point I was wondering the same thing. He is the boss of law inforcement in the county. Is he a big lib also????

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
13 days ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

retirement papers are flooding into PD’s across the country. Especially in the Blue run cities and states.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
13 days ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

NYC stopped the escape to retirement. That would likely be compliments of Mayor DiBlabio.

Jeanne
Jeanne
13 days ago
Reply to  Grif

I notice that 5 of 9 of board members are NOT white. Interesting if they are not concerned with safety of their HOMES and FAMILY lives ?

Alberticus
Alberticus
13 days ago

Are your cities set ablaze by Illiterate barbarians? THANK A TEACHER. DEFUND?! YES, It is time to DEFUND ……………….. Public “Schools”  SUE the schools, unions & teachers for FRAUD and taking money under false pretences. We are getting a full on display of the Liberal Educator concept of “DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, and TOLERANCE” Burning cities are their vision of the future.  For decades the Nation’s teachers have been infusing false concepts of entitlement, oppression, as we see in Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland today. Teachers have been attacking the self-image, self-esteem of their White pupils with the Racist Hate message of mythical White privilege”. Teachers have… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
13 days ago
Reply to  Alberticus

Your comment is absolutely spot on. The public schools are nothing but a money/pension generating operation for teachers. It is abysmal at best.

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
13 days ago
Reply to  Alberticus

I my town they want to make sure kids can read by the 5th grade. HUH? 5th Grade. What happened to pre-k k and1st grade?

Blather
Blather
13 days ago

Look at that city council. All women and phags. Terrible. NONE of them belong up there.

NONE! That is why you are losing your country. All brainwa…. er, educated at leftist Colleges.

Turning them into sissies, crybabies, and leftist dupes.

Gonna Gitcha
Gonna Gitcha
13 days ago

It’s all fun and games until the shooting starts. Best of luck Seattle.

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
13 days ago

I hope ALL of the cops stay home (not really) and that as many people that have weapons are allowed to use them to protect their homes, property, and lives. Just suspend ALL laws in the city over the weekend. Won’t be many protestors left.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
13 days ago

Unfortunately for Mr. Best of the Police force, although city council *could* “lead on de-escalation” of the RIOTERS… they choose NOT to. Because their choice is the overthrow of their city and eventually, the entire country. Look at them… are any of them over 40? How many are homo? How many consider themselves “hyphenated” Americans? HOW were they elected? “Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.” Um how about when lives are at stake? Will they intercede with appropriate measures then? To hell with the… Read more »

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
11 days ago

Mia culpa, Carmen Best is female. Apologies to her…

Northwdsnh
Northwdsnh
13 days ago

There is nothing more dangerous to the survival of the USA than a White-Liberal-Democrat.

Jackie Puppet
13 days ago

Carmen, if you really believe your hands are tied by the Seattle City Council & Mayor, RESIGN!!!

Immediately!

And outline the reasons why in your resignation.

Nathan
Nathan
13 days ago

Democrats have a lot to answer for. The only solution thst comes to mind for these people is DEATH. What are these crazies going to do when Trump is reelected in a landslide, The Republicans will run a campaign of Law and Order. What is the Democrats platform to run on other then 65 Genders.
This is Trump’s election to lose.
So far so good.

Thrn Trump will finish the Job.
My tip.
Lock and load x2

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
12 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

Yeah, I think when Trump gets re-elected and the Senate remains RED, heads are gonna explode on the coasts. And (hopefully limited to those urban areas) “civil war” truly will break out.

So long as there are hundreds of thousands of SJWs out of school and work due to the whole Covid narrative, they have been freed up to attack the country in full force.

Reuben G.
Reuben G.
13 days ago

the fault lies in the hands of the ignoramuses (who fancy themselves enlightened geniuses) that live in Seattle. This is the world they want, they expressed with their votes, and they got it.

Jay
Jay
13 days ago
Reply to  Reuben G.

Someone might want to take that picture of the city council and write racists slave owners on it and then post the addresses of the city council members. From there just pass them out as fliers to the BLM protesters. Who says you can’t beat city hall?

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
13 days ago

Two more thoughts:
As per the leftists buying up ammo, I doubt if it’s to use it themselves (except for the anarchists); rather, they’re merely trying to dry up the supply so that the Right has nothing to shoot them with. At least that would be my bet.

And this just in: Louisville, KY police have been informed they can NOT go in to quell the “NFAC” riots there (promised for this weekend) wearing riot gear. They must instead try to interact peacefully with “demonstrators”. Are you kidding me?

DCG
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DCG
13 days ago

My bet is that us on the right ALWAYS buy ammo (after all, you can never have too much) and when the BLM riots stared, smart ones stocked up even more. The supply may be dry but what side do YOU think has the majority stock of ammo in their stash? It’s the side with more than enough to shoot with.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
11 days ago
Reply to  DCG

Save some for me…

DCG
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DCG
11 days ago

Always, for fellow patriots!

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison
12 days ago

When you understand that this is a Freemason Agenda, and that all parties involved are Freemasons, it becomes clear how all sides are working together to destroy America.
All Freemasons perish on Judgment Day, just ask Satan.

TrailDust
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9 days ago

Elections have consequences.