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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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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China



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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.


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