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Seattle Police Chief Quits After Council Defunds Police, Couldn’t Bring Herself To Fire Officers

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her resignation on Tuesday, citing a “lack of respect for officers” and the inevitable firings that will take place of colored police officers as a result of the Seattle City Council’s decision to defund the police. Best squashed theories that she was retiring because of a pay cut or protestors — but because she couldn’t see the officers let go, saying “I really couldn’t do it.”

The Seattle City Council’s decision to reduce the police force by laying off up to 100 officers meant Best would have to fire a great number of minority officers which “goes against my principles and convictions,” she said in a Tuesday press conference.

Best said she was “really reflective” about her resignation and “it’s highly distressful” for her that there wasn’t a sufficient plan in place and that officers she cares about would have to be let go.

After a reporter asked the Chief what led her to the final decision, Best said it was not about the money.

“It’s been intimated that somehow, it had something to do with the salary, but nobody joins a police department to get rich,” Best said. “I would have chosen another profession if money was a motivator.”

She cited the need for a plan and that it was “highly disappointing to not see one in place” after the council’s decision.

The now-former Chief read an email from a Black officer she recently met. The email, Best said, brought tears to her eyes — specifically because officers like this will likely lose their jobs.

“I’ve finally been hired after applying for five years and I was ecstatic that it was under your command,” the email from a officer read. “Being an African American male with you as my Chief, made the fact that I had served my country under the honorable Barack Obama, that much sweeter.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan took to Twitter last night to express her feelings about the resignation.

Perhaps Durkan and the rest of the Seattle council members who voted to defund the police will see the damage and pain their decision made in the name of “social justice” has done to the very race of people they supposedly sought to benefit.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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