Seattle police chief: City leaders have failed, abandoning precinct ‘was not my decision’

Seattle police chief: City leaders have failed, abandoning precinct ‘was not my decision’
Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle (CHAZ) (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – Regardless of who ordered its abandonment, order must not be restored to Capitol Hill, and the ‘revolutionaries’ need to be arrested.]

In an address to officers Thursday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best spoke out about the decision to abandon the East Police Precinct and surrounding neighborhood to the Revolutionary Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and said city leadership has failed the police department. Best says it was not her decision to abandon the station and suggested law and order might return to the area soon.

“You should know, leaving the precinct was not my decision,” she told officers.

“You fought for days to protect [the East Precinct]. I asked you to stand on that line. 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,” she said. “Ultimately the city had other plans for the building and relented to public pressure.”

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