- The Washington Times - Monday, August 3, 2020

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sent a letter to the city council asking members to “stand up for what is right” after hundreds of protesters descended on her home over the weekend.

“A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night,” Chief Best wrote in a letter to the city council made public Monday. “My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so.”

On Saturday night, a group of about 200 protesters and dozens of vehicles descended on the quiet street in Snohomish County where Chief Best lives, though she was not home at the time of the demonstration, according to reports. Neighbors told Q13 FOX that several residents used their own vehicles to block the protesters from moving further down the street where Chief Best’s home is located.

“It was not peaceful,” resident Jamie Roulstone told the outlet. “They were here to intimidate. Scare people. Scare children. There were children out there and they were asking them what schools they went to. They were yelling the most horrible things you’ve ever heard in your entire life.”

Chief Best warned that protesters who engage in “violence and intimidation” are detracting from the racial justice message sparked by the death of George Floyd.



“These direct actions against elected officials, and especially civil servants like myself, are out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation,” she wrote in her letter. “Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.”

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney issued a statement Sunday saying he would deploy “whatever resources” necessary to protect Chief Best and her family and that people who have a bone to pick with local government should demonstrate at government-owned buildings instead of private residences.

“The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has been supportive and accommodating to all peaceful protests that have occurred in our jurisdiction,” Sheriff Fortney wrote. “With that said, protestors targeting one individual’s house is a bullying tactic that will certainly require an extra patrol response to ensure every resident in Snohomish County can feel safe in their own home, with their loved ones, no matter what they choose to do to make a living. If this group or any other group wants to protest the government, we would ask they do so at a government building and not at any individual’s private residence.”

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