Carmen Best — the otherwise well paid police chief in Seattle Washington says now that she doesn’t support the Council ‘s reported move to slash the police department in half. In half — meaning that budgets; officers, and most things in between would see pretty drastic reductions amid calls for less police and more community action.
Best, however, revealed this week that she doesn’t support such a move and has written a desperate letter to the City Council hoping they overturn their proposed decision. In typical cop fashion, Best argues that reductions in police won’t do anything other than increase violence.
First and foremost, it’s worth pointing out that Seattle has one of the worst police departments on the west coast.
The council wants to formally defund the police department by at least 50 percent. In that proposal, officials want to redirect police funds to other places in the city that could drastically alter the landscape of Seattle as we know it. I’ve been to Seattle enough times to know that with as many officers they have in that city — there is no reason drugs and the like should be so prevalent on their streets. Police officers should not be sitting cushy on a good salary while their cities go underappreciated. If they’re not going to act right — they don’t need to be paid with public money.