On July 24, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best wrote to residents that a city ordinance prohibiting police from using "crowd control weapons" would mean her officers would have "no ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd."
Best did not utter or write the words falsely attributed to her as a direct quotation. Her statements, in the July 24 letter, were much more narrowly focused and specific than, "We cannot enforce the law," and her letter directly contradicted claims that she had, in effect, told Seattle residents, "You are on your own."
portland is lost. now Seattle is lost
Seattle is now lost