Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told her fellow officers that it was “not my decision” to abandon the city’s Third Precinct to activists and that the decision has prevented the department from responding to emergency calls inside the “autonomous zone.”
You should know, leaving the precinct was not my decision. You fought for days to protect it. I asked you to stand on that line,” Best told officers via video. “Day in and day out, to be pelted with projectiles, to be screamed at, threatened and in some cases hurt. Then to have a change of course nearly two weeks in, it seems like an insult to you and our community.”
Best, who was able to visit the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, on Thursday, said “calls for service have more than tripled” since law enforcement abandoned the East Precinct.
“These are responses to emergency calls — rapes, robberies, and all sorts of violent acts that have been occurring in the area that we’re not able to get to,” Best told reporters on Wednesday.
Seattle Police Union Chief Michael Solan expressed his disgust with the decision to leave the precinct, telling Fox News host Tucker Carlson “it’s the closest I’ve seen to our country becoming a lawless state.”
“Where is the safety of the reasonable community of the city of Seattle? To me, that is absolutely appalling, and I am embarrassed being a Seattle resident to even talk about this,” Solan said.