Seattle’s police chief issued a memo to businesses and homeowners over the weekend warning them that they were on their own.
Chief Carmen Best’s letter states that the actions of Seattle PD were vastly restricted by a radical left city council. Best warned that police officers would not be able to “safely intercede” in the event that homes and businesses were targeted during protests after the city’s council passed a measure barring cops from using non-lethal crowd control methods.
The new measure “bans Seattle Police officers the use of less-lethal tools, including pepper spray that is commonly used to disperse crowds that have turned violent,” according to the letter.
“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,” the chief’s memo reads.
“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.”
“For these reasons,” Best continued, “Seattle Police will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations 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.”
Best also said, in the letter, that she’s taken her concerns with the new law to city officials who refuse to acknowledge them.
Best, the Washington Examiner notes, says that she has “done my due diligence of informing them numerous times of the foreseeable impact of this ordinance on upcoming events.”
Last week, Best appeared before the council to plead her case, knowing that demonstrations were planned for last weekend.
“It is a fact that there are groups and individuals who are intent on destruction in our City,” she told Seattle lawmakers. “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.”
Best’s concerns were certainly realized over the weekend as much of Seattle was destroyed at the hands of Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters who have become increasingly boldened in their violent attacks thanks to left wing leaders who have enabled such behavior.
“At least 47 people were arrested on charges of assaulting officers, obstruction, and failure to disperse,” CNN reported Sunday. “Police said 59 officers were injured from having projectiles thrown at them, according to police. The injuries included abrasions, bruising, burns, and a torn meniscus, according to a Sunday press release. Most officers were able to return to duty, the department’s Twitter said. One officer was hospitalized with a leg injury caused by an explosive.”
Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan, meanwhile, was bashing President Trump for sending federal forces in to help restore law and order to the city.
Durkan made an appearance on CNN where one of the favorite talking heads of the left, Chris Cuomo, failed to ask her how she planned to contain the violence in the city and instead prompted her to attack the president for trying to do exactly that.
CNN host Chris Cuomo began the segment by complaining about the federal forces on the ground in Seattle, “They were not asked to come. That’s how it’s supposed to work. The State leaders are supposed to ask for Federal help.”
Cuomo welcomed Durkan by referencing her much-criticized comment. “So much for the ‘Summer of Love,’ I mean, this just keeps getting worse and worse,” he said.
Durkan stated that Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf “believes he did not have all the information when he spoke to me” about sending troops to Seattle.
“So, he’s a cover guy, Wolf,” Cuomo replied. “Well, look, it all depends. One thing you can — that’s consistent about this President is inconsistency.”
Durkan then ignorantly said to Cuomo that the president “has also said that he’s targeting cities led by Democratic Mayors, and I think that’s absolutely true.”
Perhaps Durkan should take a look at the cities experiences mass unrest – they are all Democrat run.
Durkan then contradicted herself saying, “I was a Federal Prosecutor,” she asserted. “I know how important it is for Federal Law Enforcement to work with Local Law Enforcement. As the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer, as U.S. Attorney, I know that that’s an important relationship.”
Durkan admitted that the federal agents were on standby.
CNN’s Cuomo then concluded the conversation with a promotion of violence as he hoped the rioters were “enough to fight back.”
“This is the stuff of autocrats, and we’re going to have to see if the institutions of this society and the will of people in these jurisdictions is enough to fight it back. We’ll see.”