January 26, 2022

Seattle police chief resigns after cuts to police budget

Seattle police chief resigns after cuts to police budgetSeattle Police Chief Carmen Best resigned on Tuesday, a day after the city council cut her department's budget as part of a reform movement following mass protests against racial bias and violence in policing. Best's surprise departure marked one of the most notable big-city police department shakeups in the aftermath of nationwide demonstrations spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man, who was pinned under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. Graphic video footage of the fatal encounter stirred a public outcry against heavy-handed police tactics and racism within the U.S. criminal justice system, triggering months of street protests in cities across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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