Attorney General Bill Barr just made clear where he stands on the resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.
After Best announced Monday that she would soon be stepping down from her role, Barr said state and local leaders who supported what he called “irresponsible proposals to defund the police” were to blame for her decision, according to The Daily Wire.
The city of Seattle’s Democrat-controlled council had voted earlier Monday to cut millions of dollars from the police department’s budget, as The Daily Wire reported separately.
Seattle abandons its cops
According to Breitbart, Best said she will retire effective Sept. 2. “This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time,” she wrote in an email to her department, Breitbart reported.
She went on: “I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times. You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.”
According to The Daily Wire, Barr put out a statement of his own on Tuesday wherein he said he was “disheartened to learn of” Best’s resignation.
“This experience should be a lesson to state and local leaders about the real costs of irresponsible proposals to defund the police,” Barr wrote.
“In the face of mob violence, she drew the line in the sand and said, ‘Enough!’, working tirelessly to save lives, protect her officers, and restore stability to Seattle,” the AG added of Best, according to The Daily Wire. “Her example should be an inspiration to all who respect the rule of law and cherish safety and security in their communities.”
“Can’t do it”
Best’s resignation will likely have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the city’s police department. With a slashed budget comes reduced capabilities — and that means the citizens of Seattle will be less safe.
Indeed, everything from cop salaries to recruitment funds to retention efforts is going to be cut under Seattle’s new budget. For the officers still working in Seattle, it paints a bleak picture for the future: according to The New York Times, roughly 100 cops will be cut from the force under the new budget.
Among them is a Black rookie officer who, according to the Times, told Best that he “will most likely lose his job.”
“That, for me, I’m done — can’t do it,” Best said Tuesday, the Times reported. And as Barr himself intimated, who could blame her?