Monday, the Seattle City Council defied thousands of citizens who turned out Sunday to back the police (so much for listening to protesters) and voted to slash the budget of the Police Department. All but one voted in favor, and that’s only because she didn’t think they cut the police budget enough. It was a decision so idiotic and destructive that even Mayor Jenny “The CHOP zone is a new ‘summer of love’” Durkan urged them not to do it.

Within hours of the vote, Police Chief Carmen Best emailed them her resignation. For the record, she’s black, and the City Council cares so much about black people that they’d already slashed her salary and sided with protesters who threatened her home (neighbors turned out and defended it.) Now, as Best pointed out, their cuts will mean layoffs of about 100 cops, likely the most recent hires, who are largely minority officers protecting black neighborhoods. Thanks, “progressives!” Although I expect there will be no need to lay off police since so many of them will also likely be handing in their resignations and getting the heck out of town, just like business owners and law-abiding taxpayers.

Best ended her resignation with a message to her fellow police officers that she looks forward to “seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.” Translation: “Goodbye, good luck, and may God have mercy on your souls.”

For some reason, this vote reminds me of something George Burns once said. When he worked with his wife Gracie Allen, they did what was usually called a “Dumb Dora” act. But he had to explain to new writers that normal “dumb” jokes didn’t work for Gracie. She had to say things that weren’t simply dumb, but they had to be SO dumb in such a cockeyed way that they’d sort of make sense to somebody who was totally coo-coo. Watching the Seattle City Council react to violence in the streets and a 525% leap in crime by voting to slash the police budget (because if there are no police to arrest criminals the crime numbers will plummet) makes me wish George and Gracie were still around so that the Seattle City Council could go work as their writing staff and stop destroying a once-great city.

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  • Daryl Raines

    08/13/2020 12:01 PM

    In the early 80's my neighbor was a Seattle Police Officer. His partner retired. The Department assigned him to one of the few One-Man units in the Department. It covered the Queen Ann Hill District, a VERY Low Crime area.
    Jim, being one of those Officers that possessed a real GUT Feeling towards what was going on, began doing more time on FOOT Patrol and Cruising the back alley and quiet neighborhood than the Business areas.
    He made more arrests, Car Prowl and Garage area thefts, in his first month, than the total of ALL arrests in the previous Six months. His skills were appreciated by the Victims, who had little faith in the Policing in the past.

    Mid way through his second month, he was pulled off the assignment and and actually told by his Commander, that they needed to re-assign him because, his actions were giving the District a bad reputation as a High Crime Area and the Chamber was upset!

  • Michael Gossman

    08/12/2020 05:01 PM

    What kind of America is this! Is overwhelmed with grief because of this outrage every veteran who has fought for this country is struggling to find answers who are alive today that is who fought for freedom an the American way this is a travesty an this needs to be dealt with every policeman who puts his life or family members life is spit on by a corrupt government in that state needs to be kicked out of America an sent back to there own countries for they are not true Americans!!!!

  • barbara Mozingo

    08/12/2020 04:26 PM

    Such a sad state of affairs, they voted for Lawlessness, so now they will reap what they have sown. I hope those in Seattle with Businesses will move out before they are completely destroyed. I also pray that the voters of Seattle have seen enough stupidity that they choose to vote in Just and Righteous Mayor, and Councilmen and women before Seattle is completely destroyed.

  • Dale Kreider

    08/12/2020 03:45 PM

    You mean kinda like getting rid of the water so the fire can put itself out?

  • Loretta Kay Hammack

    08/12/2020 01:45 PM

    So sorry to to hear this. Seattle was a great city years ago. The mayor should have been fired