Seattle Police Chief Begs City Council To 'Stand Up for What Is Right' After BLM Storms Her Neighborhood
By C. Douglas Golden
Published August 5, 2020 at 10:51am
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has been the rare voice of reason in a city that seems to believe maintaining the rule of law is a privileged, bourgeois concept.
She pointed out, before multiple murders occurred, that allowing a no cop co-op like CHAZ/CHOP to persist may not be the wisest idea.
She told the Seattle City Council, as officials tried to ban crowd- control measures like pepper spray, that it would mean police would either have to disengage from violent mobs or use more violent methods i.e., batons and worse to retain control of the situation.
She called a proposal to cut the police budget in half, particularly as crime ticks up in the Pacific Northwest city, rash and reckless.
So naturally, protesters targeted her house.
Roughly 200 individuals, some carrying Black Lives Matter signs, descended Saturday evening on Bests home in Snohomish County, north of Seattle and they werent just demanding Best resign or anything anodyne.
On what the Lynnwood Times described as the road of a small, quiet, and quaint residential community, demonstrators decided it was time to try to intimidate Best and the residents.
And no, thats not just a conservative engaging in hyperbole, trying to cast aspersions on peaceful protesters. Peaceful protesters dont, for instance, yell profanity at Bests neighbors.
Nor do they write down the license plate numbers of vehicles in the neighborhood. Or take pictures of the homes. Or ask kids in the neighborhood what school they go to.
According to firsthand witnesses, thats exactly what the Black Lives Matter demonstrators were doing.
The crowd was described by the Lynnwood Times as mostly white men and women in their twenties, [who] were dressed in black with masks and black hoods.
Id venture a guess the masks had less to do with flattening the curve and more to do with the fact they only wanted the collection of personal information to work one way.
They were very organized. They had radios, talking to each other, one resident said.
They had numbers they used to decal all their cars for who knows what. So, they were identifying all their vehicles individually by number. They came with a mission.
They were out here intimidating us.
There was a confrontation when protesters with duffel bags reportedly attempted to approach Chief Bests residence. When challenged by residents to show the contents of the duffel bags, they demurred.
According to KING-TV, Best wasnt home at the time.
If this was about intimidation, the tactics worked.
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