Seattle’s chief of police, Carmen Best, informed Seattle business owners that they are on their own after the Seattle City Council’s ordinance 119805 goes into effect on Sunday, July 26. The Seattle City Council, in a unanimous decision, banned the use of pepper spray, a non-lethal tool police use to disperse dangerous crowds.
Best and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan opposed the ordinance and filed a motion in the U.S. District court. However, Judge James Robart ruled that the ordinance could be implemented.
Best then sent out a letter informing businesses of their fate:
Please also know that the City Council Ordinance 119805 Crowd Control Tool goes into effect this weekend on Sunday, July 26, 2020. This ordinance bans Seattle Police officers the use of less lethal tools, including pepper spray that is commonly used to disperse crowds that have turned violent.
Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.
Best also ordered all the police precincts boarded up as the new ordinance makes it impossible for the police to protect their own buildings.
Best was having a difficult time keeping her officers safe before the ordinance went into effect. Twelve Seattle police officers were injured the week before the ordinance took effect. Best informed the City Council that she would alter the police response to incidents and put them on notice that she would not deploy her police officers into dangerous situations without the proper tools to defend themselves.
For these reasons, Seattle Police will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend – as I will never ask our officers to risk their personal safety to protect property without the tools to do so in a safe way.
The City Council is planning to defund the police by 50% and they are in negotiations to close down the city jail which houses 60% of the city’s prison population.
No doubt, Antifa and BLM will have freer reign in Seattle to do their destructive work without the police in their way. Will the people of Seattle rise up and defend their city? Will they get rid of the elected officials that are destroying their city?