Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best posted this open letter to the city council on August third, writing:
“Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.”
In response, Seattle Council Member Kshama Swant said, “Today I am unveiling our budget proposal to defund Seattle Police Department by 50% right now, for the rest of the year 2020 and to take that money and invest in black and brown communities.”
Best then announced she’s stepping down. She made her decision public on the same day the city council approved cutting the police department by nearly $4 million and 100 officers.
Her announcement comes as law enforcement organizations across the country are experiencing serious budget cuts amid the push to defund the police. That’s happening despite an increase in crime in many major cities.
What we see unfolding is exactly what Jesus said would be the chaotic, godless state of nations just before He returns to this earth to rule with a rod of iron.
“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:12-13
You might not hear it from media outlets, but in Portland more than 270 federal officers have been injured protecting buildings since May. In Seattle, one day of recent rioting led to 59 officers getting wounded by rocks, bottles and improvised explosives. Business owners board up stores for protection from groups like Antifa. Still, even though nightly violence and skyrocketing crime rock American cities, some politicians are echoing the call to defund or even abolish the police.
The impact of this war on cops can be devastating, according to Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins. And as the only US representative still certified as a law enforcement officer, Higgins has front line experience.
Higgins believes up to a third of all cops in some districts could resign in the coming year, leading to dire consequences.
“You’ve got maybe a million certified cops across the country. No matter what happens now, if we flip the switch in the other direction, they’ve already come under so much fire…unrighteous fire…cops…their families are being eaten alive by the communities that they serve, by politicians and corrupt media. They’re gonna leave,” he warned.