OPINION: Seattle Police Say Hands Are Tied Trying to Fight Bad Guys
OPINION: Carmen Best, the Seattle police chief, sent a letter to city residents and businesses that essentially told them that when it comes to social unrest, they are on their own.
Best, who has reportedly maintained a strained relationship with the city’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, sent the letter in response to the city council’s new ordinance that went into effect last weekend that bans city police from even using “less lethal tools” when dealing with protesters.
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“Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd,” Best wrote. “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.”
Although the city was able to take down the CHOP protest site after deadly shootings, the city is still in the grips of violent protests. On Saturday, the city police department reported that 59 cops were wounded during a riot that included explosives, bottles and rocks, according to the Washington Times. The report said that 47 people were arrested.
“Throughout the day officers were moving protesters away from the East Precinct after they threw an explosive at the building causing structural damage,” police said.
Second Amendment activists took to social media to stress the importance of gun rights during the recent unrest in the country and how essential gun ownership is in keeping Americans safe.
One Twitter user posted Best’s letter and wrote, “There are many reasons the Second Amendment isn’t just fully justified, but absolutely essential. This is but one of them.”
Benjamin Weingarten, an author and senior contributor to the Federalist, tweeted the Seattle police alert and wrote, “This is what it looks like when a society commits suicide—and also an illustration of the Second Amendment’s criticality.”