Let me say first that I'll give her a lot of credit for her class and grace. I know myself well enough to know that, if it were me, I would have verbally annihilated the mayor and city council as a parting gift. So I give her a lot of credit.I read that Seth, Whats your take on the reduction in officers there and her getting out, you think she left because she wanted to or pushed out ?
My guess is that her retirement was on her own accord. I don't think the white mayor of Seattle and mostly white city council could have seriously considered firing her. Such a move would reek of racism, and so I think she was pretty much "bullet proof". Among many other things, she is on the executive board of the NAACP. The optics of firing her would have been unpalatable for the mayor and city council.
Privately, I think she had had enough. She did not support the "defund the police" movement, and she was not going to preside over the layoff of 100 police officers she hired, many of whom are people of color and much diversity. She was also deeply offended by the lack of respect for her command staff who the city council voted to cut their pay. She was willing to say this much ...
“This is not about the money, and it certainly isn’t about the demonstrators,'' said Best, whose retirement will be effective Sept. 2. “I have a lot thicker skin than that. It really is about the overarching lack of respect for the officers. … Targeting my command staff and their pay, it just felt very vindictive and very punitive, and I don’t want them to be affected by that type of animus.’’
"animus" - strong dislike or enmity; hostile attitude
All police chiefs walk a tightrope between supporting the elected officials who hired them and their support for their officers and staff. With the city council cutting her staff and cutting the pay of others and yielding to the mob, she could no longer walk that tightrope in good conscience.
The mayor appointed a Deputy Chief, Adrian Diaz, a man of hispanic descent, as the acting Chief. If I were him, I would have told them to go fuck themselves.
I think the mayor and council have lost their ever-loving minds, and they are asking for trouble. So be it.
People on this board can't understand how I could possibly vote for Trump. Well, here is a good example. I am not going to vote for the Seattle model or the Portland model, which is what I would be doing if I voted for Biden. These are also good examples of why policy matters more than personality.