• November 27, 2022

Seattle Police Chief Warns City that Cops Are Unable to Protect Property From Antifa and BLM Riots Thanks to City Council Barring Crowd Control Tools

 Seattle Police Chief Warns City that Cops Are Unable to Protect Property From Antifa and BLM Riots Thanks to City Council Barring Crowd Control Tools

Businesses and police precincts in Seattle boarded and barricaded their properties in preparation for expected violent Antifa and Black Lives Matters protests this weekend. The protective measures were taken as Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sent a letter to Seattle businesses and residents that police, having been stripped by the City Council of standard non-lethal riot control tools, will not be able to defend property from rioters.

A bill unanimously passed last month by the City Council that goes into effect this weekend (after Mayor Durkan declined to veto it and a federal judge declined to stop it) bans police from the “ownership, purchase, rent, storage, or use of crowd control weapons” including “kinetic impact projectiles, chemical irritants, acoustic weapons, directed energy weapons, water cannons, disorientation devices, ultrasonic cannons, or any other device that is designed to be used on multiple individuals for crowd control and has the potential to cause pain or discomfort.”

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, file screen image.

Katie Daviscourt posted videos of the riot prep:

Downtown Seattle Businesses are boarding up in anticipation for tomorrow’s “peaceful” protests.#seattleprotests#seattleriotspic.twitter.com/OYANNFEyzT

— Katie Daviscourt
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(@KatieDaviscourt) July 25, 2020

@SeattlePD West Precinct, also SPD HQ, has boarded up their windows and brought in cement barriers to keep “peaceful” protesters from vandalizing and breaking-in. pic.twitter.com/WhMgKhYcpz

— Katie Daviscourt
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(@KatieDaviscourt) July 25, 2020

@SeattlePD East Precinct, the Precinct that Antifa and BLM protesters previously overtook to create CHAZ/CHOP, is boarded up and fenced off.

The “peaceful” protest kicks off here tomorrow. #SeattleRiots#seattleprotestspic.twitter.com/2EPrv0Bygx

— Katie Daviscourt
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(@KatieDaviscourt) July 25, 2020

Chief Best’s letter was posted by Seattle talk radio host Jason Rantz:

The Chief of Seattle police basically concedes if you or your property is attacked by the mob, you won’t get much assistance. It’s not her fault. pic.twitter.com/GspibGqfYD

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 25, 2020

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