Following a recent vote by the Seattle, Washington, city council to slash funding for the police department, Chief Carmen Best announced her resignation this week.
In a subsequent statement, U.S. Attorney General William Barr praised Best while using the development to point out what he considers a worrying trend throughout American police forces.
“All that is good about America’s law enforcement”
“I was disheartened to learn of the resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best,” Barr wrote. “Her leadership and demonstrated commitment to her oath of office reflected all that is good about America’s law enforcement.”
He went on to cite Best’s ability to draw “the line in the sand” when protesters turned destructive and violent on the streets of the city over recent months.
Best worked “tirelessly to save lives, protect her officers, and restore stability to Seattle,” he wrote.
In his statement, Barr said the outgoing chief’s “example should be an inspiration to all who respect the rule of law and cherish safety and security in their communities.”
Despite the praise of Barr and others, Best received rampant criticism from leftwing politicians and reportedly even saw her home targeted by militants.
“A lesson to state and local leaders”
When black-clad demonstrators made their way into her neighborhood earlier this month, they were reportedly forced back by locals — including some who were armed.
In a letter recounting the incident, Best wrote that “a large group” of protesters showed up near her home in Snohomish County.
“My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so,” the chief added.
Barr also reacted to societal pressure behind the suggested cuts that resulted in Best’s resignation, calling it “a lesson to state and local leaders about the real costs of irresponsible proposals to defund the police.”
Of course, other cities — including New York City — are also diverting funds away from police even as violent crime rates rise. As voters count down the days until Election Day, many might just decide that President Donald Trump’s law-and-order message makes them feel more secure than constant efforts to cut police resources.