Seattle police chief retires over budget cuts

Seattle police chief retires over budget cuts

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was expected to publicly announce her resignation after the city council approved a reduction in the budget of the city’s police department of less than one percent after months of protests demanding that it defund the force.

The council approved a revised 2020 budget that reduced the department’s budget by $3.5 million for the remainder of the year and invested $17 million in community public safety programs.

The protesters had demanded a 50% cut to the department’s annual budget following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in police custody on May 25.

According to a report in the New York Times, Carmen Best said in a message to the Police Department that she would retire next month and was “confident the department will make it through these difficult times.”

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