WATCH: Seattle’s Chief Of Police Says, Leaving The East Precinct ‘Was Not My Decision’–Blasts City Officials

Written by K. Walker on June 12, 2020

Police Chief Carmen Best is finally speaking out about the situation regarding the East Precinct in Seattle.

The Seattle blocks that have been divided by protesters and labeled the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” occurred because the East Precinct was boarded up and abandoned by police.

In a 3 1/2-minute video posted to YouTube, Chief Best addresses officers telling them that she understands that they feel underappreciated right now and wanted to set the record straight that it was not her decision to abandon the East Precinct.

She says that she is angry about how the situation came about and that the city “had other plans for the building and relented to severe public pressure.”

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“You fought for days to protect [the precinct]. I asked you to stand on that line. Day in and day out, to be pelted with projectiles, to be screamed at, threatened and in some cases hurt,” Best told the force.

“Then to have a change of course nearly two weeks in, it seems like an insult to you and our community.”

“Ultimately the city had other plans for the building and relented to severe public pressure,” she added. “I’m angry about how this all came about.”

Her comments came a day after the department said it would try to reopen the East Precinct.

Source: New York POst

Watch her address:

Mayor Jenny Durkan posted a lengthy thread on Twitter defending the “peaceful protesters” in the CHAZ comparing it to a “block party.” She said that they’re not terrorists–they’re patriots. She’s also willing to cave listen to their demands.

Medium has published the list of 30 demands from the protesters in the autonomous zone. They include:

  • complete abolition of the police department including defunding pension funds
  • use of armed force banned entirely–no guns, no batons, no riot shields, no chemical weapons
  • abolition of youth jails
  • the retrial of all people of color currently in prison for violent crime
  • the abolition of prisons
  • the replacement of the current criminal justice system
  • de-gentrification and rent control
  • free college
  • prohibit evictions
  • black doctors and nurses to treat black patients (so…segregation, then?)

Clearly, this isn’t about ensuring racial equality.

These people are making all sorts of outrageous demands.

Here’s the Mayor’s entire thread about how reasonable these folks really are:

 

ClashDaily has covered some of the things going on in CHAZ here:

It seems the person in a position of leadership that is concerned about CHAZ is Police Chief Best.

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