May 20, 2022

Seattle police chief says businesses are on their own after city blocks law enforcement action

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?

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Larry Gaines (@guest_1028528)
1 year ago

Seattle Police should arrest the entire City Council for being Communists and terrorist supporters

Karen (@guest_1028625)
Reply to  Larry Gaines
1 year ago

I wholeheartedly agree! The leaders up there have no common sense. I lived in Wa. for many years but have no desire to visit Seattle now. The gestapo runs the city!!!!!

Mary K. (@guest_1028827)
Reply to  Larry Gaines
1 year ago

Yep, you’re right. I totally agree.

Harold Goss (@guest_1028536)
1 year ago

Whenever they have a protest that turns into a riot, spray the bastards with blue dye (like Korea) then you can identify and arrest later.

Richard (@guest_1028544)
Reply to  Harold Goss
1 year ago

Those political idiots need to be arrested for putting lives in danger.

Sylvia (@guest_1028563)
Reply to  Richard
1 year ago

Richard. Question? Ordinance says ‘LESS lethal tools’ cannot be used;
What about the use of ‘MORE lethal tools’ . Remember, ‘words matter’???
The opposite of less IS more so I wonder if MORE lethal tools’ can still be used??? Or am I not interpreting this incorrectly?
How about calling in the Fire Dept. and hosing the thugs down (and out), considering how HOT it is, you’d think they’d welcome getting ‘cooled off’?
To stymie the police from doing anything during the criminal acts being taken by these so called ‘humans’ is outrageous to say the least IMHO!

Annette (@guest_1029286)
Reply to  Sylvia
1 year ago

That’s what I have always said! Let the Fire Department cool them down. There isn’t an ordinance against them!

Mary (@guest_1028583)
Reply to  Harold Goss
1 year ago

Love it!!!! I would help pay for the blue paint or any other color chosen!

Richard Milton Wise (@guest_1028541)
1 year ago

Is the city council going to give business and private citizens weapons to defend themselves?

Art Oliva (@guest_1028576)
Reply to  Richard Milton Wise
1 year ago


Lise Archambault (@guest_1028549)
1 year ago

No words can be said to how stupid these city officials really are. They have lost their minds.

Robert Cooney (@guest_1028550)
1 year ago

I believe the Seattle City Council is elected by the citizens of the city. I would think they can be recalled by petition signed by these same citizens. Someone needs to start a petition for the Councils recall to stop their lunatic actions. The citizens need to take back control of their city or surrender to the anarchists, which appears to have already happened. God help the city of Seattle. You reap what you sow.

Beverly (@guest_1028555)
1 year ago

Sounds like it is time for the troops to come in, with weapons! These rioters and terrorists are using weapons on our police and citizens who have no protection. Thanks to the mayor and governor! Any and all protection has been removed for them to do what they want with no one stopping them or holding them accountable. Troops in with weapons being used to stop them. This is America! They can be Americans or they can leave! America is not a country of killing, looting, rioting, burning the flag, setting fires to homes and businesses, destroying historical statues. Citizens are living in panick!
Force used against them is the only thing they will understand! When the pain and loss is theirs, they may stop! If not, they must be stopped for all the citizens and for America!
BTW I hope the mayor and governor do not continue use of police to protect personal property/homes , or lives of politicians that are not protecting us! And no private security paid by us!

ROLANDO TABLAZON (@guest_1028559)
1 year ago



Patricia Reinhart (@guest_1028573)
1 year ago

I believe that the right to sue should be available to the citizens and business owners to recoup what is lost by the ones in the position making these dangerous ordinances. Maybe then they will not be so quick to do something so unintelligent

Bella (@guest_1028603)
1 year ago

Do what they did in the 70’s when they protest the Vetnam War,they hose them down using the fire trucks hoses.That blew. Them away special the pressure from the water.

GW (@guest_1028617)
1 year ago

I think the Police should back away and let all of them destroy the city, it is not worth the Officers getting hurt because of the Council and any one else that does not back them

Robert Darrow (@guest_1028647)
1 year ago

It is time for the citizens there to get some balls and go back the police up. Stand with them on the line bats in hand and start bringing order. Use bear spray. Use what ever means are needed if attacked. Bring this BS to an end.

ILoveEzell (@guest_1028658)
1 year ago

Send in Army Rangers. Those Rangers ain’t right in the head. Just seeing those guys should scare the rioters into submission. Soldiers don’t use pepper spray anyway.

Steve (@guest_1028663)
1 year ago

Chief Best and all of her officers need to walk out and leave it to the city council. If I was an officer there, I’d already be gone.



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