Seattle Police Chief, Carmen Best, speaks out against protesters in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, known as the CHAZ. Best stated that her police force is struggling to respond to reports of a violent crime because of the protesters who have set up their own "police-free" environment.

Best mentioned "r-pes, robberies, and all sorts of violent acts" taking place in the East Precinct that is now abandoned thanks to the activists and protesters.

She's trying to figure out a way to get the precinct open again. Best claims calls to the police are now taking three times longer to respond to since the protests within the CHAZ have started.

The chief stated, "if that is your mother, your sister, your cousin, your neighbor’s kid that is being raped, robbed assaulted (or) otherwise victimized, you’re not going to want to have to report that it took the police three times longer to get there to provide services to them. It was never an option to have residents of the precinct, many of whom are members of our most marginalized communities by the way, waiting for an extra length of time for an officer to arrive to a violent crime in progress."



Best also spoke to her "East Precinct officers, emphasized it was not her decision to abandon the precinct. Rather, it was the city that “relinquished to severe public pressure,” resulting in protesters — including Antifa members and self-described anarchists — setting up a six-block perimeter, CHAZ, around the area and deeming it a police-free, “autonomous” zone. “I asked you to stand on that line. Day in and day out. To be pelted with projectiles. To be screamed at. Threatened, and in some cases hurt. Then to have a change of course nearly two weeks in. It seems like an insult to you and our community,” Best said, adding “ultimately, the city had other plans for the building” and caved to public pressure." (Breitbart)