I’m Done: Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best Resigns Amid Budget Cut

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Seattle. Best, the first Black woman to lead Seattle's police department, announced she will be stepping down in September following cuts to her budget that would reduce the department by as many as 100 officers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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After the Seattle City Council followed calls by community groups to “defund” the police department, the city’s first Black female police chief, Carmen Best, l resigned. The department’s budget was slashed by 14 percent, much lower than what groups had asked for in their calls to cut funding of the police department budget.

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Seattle. Best, the first Black woman to lead Seattle’s police department, announced she will be stepping down in September following cuts to her budget that would reduce the department by as many as 100 officers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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