Seattle riots: A city in chaos and complete disarray.
July 27, 2020
Ongoing protests in the streets of Seattle have intensified over the weekend. On Saturday, Seattle police declared a riot in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where 59 officers were injured and 47 people were arrested.
Protesters returned to the streets the following day demanding that Seattle Police Department be defunded in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The weekend mayhem in Seattle comes right after Seattle’s Police Chief, Carmen Best, sent a letter to City Council on Thursday, explaining that their June 15 decision to ban police use of chokeholds, tear gas and pepper spay have left her department unable to “manage demonstrations.”
In her letter to City Council, Best wrote:
“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 widescale property destruction and attacks on officers, injuring more than a dozen, some significantly…
“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,” best wrote, making it clear this was a problem that was “created by Council.”
The next day, Best issued another letter. This time addressed to business owners and residents of Seattle, where she stated that the City Council’s legislation “gives officers NO ability to safety interceded to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.”
The Seattle police chief informs business owners that they are on their own against rioters. The city council has tied her hands. The police do not have the tools to combat mob violence. pic.twitter.com/iLV0ne9Z2i
— Mike (@Doranimated) July 25, 2020
The police Chief wrote that she had done her part in “informing [City Council] numerous times of the foreseeable impact” of their decision to strip her department of necessary tools to protect people’s property.
Later that evening, a George W. Bush appointed federal Judge, James Robart, overruled Seattle’s ban on police use of less-lethal crowd control tools, which gave back the police department the tools they needed.
Rejection of Federal Agents in Seattle
President Trump followed up on his promise to send federal agents to Seattle. However, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, including police Chief Carmen Best, have all opposed the president’s offer claiming their presence could further escalate the situation.
Their move is widely seen by conservatives as politically motivated.
For now, the feds – or more specifically – a team of tactical border officers, are on standby in Seattle while the city’s leaders struggle to formulate a working plan.