Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County calls Chief Best’s retirement a loss
Those budget cuts include slashing Best’s salary.
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County released the following statement after Best’s memo sent to her staff:
Today’s news of the retirement of Chief Carmen Best is a loss.
It does nothing to further our fight for authentic police accountability and the safety of Black lives, that the first Black woman to hold the position of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department has been forced out of her job by the Seattle City Council.
Racism is racism.
We demand the Seattle City Council stop prioritizing performative action that solely suggests the appearance of change. We demand transparency and accountability for the series of actions and inactions that led to Chief Best’s resignation. And we demand a successor that serves Black Lives.
Best and Mayor Durkan are holding a 11 a.m. news conference on Tuesday.
Ron Sims, former King County Executive and former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, tweeted late Monday night about his disappointment: