Seattle, Police Chief Carmen Best urged city authorities to support established legal order, rather than accede to the demands of the violent protesters who have been harassing the city’s residents since the death of George Floyd on May 25.
A group of rioters showed up at the police chief’s house last weekend but was rebuffed by neighbors who prevented them from causing any damage, so Best issued a statement encouraging officials to support compliance with the law, according to the Washington Examiner Aug. 3.
“I urge both of you, and the entire council, to stand up for what is right,” Best wrote in a letter to the city council, which also asked that negotiations be avoided because of the attacks on the officials.
“These direct actions against elected officials, and especially civil servants like myself, are out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation,” she said in her letter.
“Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics,” Best said.
Despite the fact that the demonstrations have been characterized by destructive violence in many cities, local authorities have chosen to limit the range of police action, and in extreme cases have cut their budget.
In Settle’s case, a municipal ordinance prohibited officers from using nonlethal weapons, including pepper spray, preventing effective police action to contain crowds and prevent looting, arson, and other acts of vandalism.
“Simply put, the legislation gives officers no ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd,” Best said in the letter to the City Council.
Mayor Jenny Durkan supports “peaceful demonstrations” as she and the mainstream media call them. However, she criticized some of the riots after her residence was also attacked.
Security for Americans has been complicated by all these circumstances.
In Minneapolis, for example, police advised citizens to surrender their belongings and obey criminals if they were attacked, according to WCCO.
In that city, common robberies, vehicle thefts, and assaults have increased significantly over the past year because of violent protesters, the media reported.