Black Lives Matter protests have had great effect at holding police accountable, of having cops defunded and defanged. But not everyone is happy. Those who like the status quo of white racist cops defending the ruling class won’t let that happen without a fight.
I didn’t believe this story on the first site I read it, but if an establishment lapdog like Newsweek is willing to publish it, well….
he Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced that many of their newly hired, non-white officers would be the first let go should the city continue with drastic, politically motivated talks of budget cuts.
Seattle Police told residents Friday that current City Council discussions about cutting the department’s budget by 50 percent would be “catastrophic for public safety.” Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best warned activist groups and council members alike that the department’s “newest, most broadly diverse officers on patrol” would be the first employees they are “forced to terminate” under the proposed budget cuts. Best wrote a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan Friday cautioning that at least 50 percent of BIPOC officers would be the first people fired.
Translation: “If we’re going to be held accountable for the racism of white cops, then we’re going to have a whites-only police force.”
The all-white old boys’ club of policing was the cause of the violence and corruption. How is eliminating diversity, eliminating newer and younger (and likely less corrupt) cops going to make the city safer for anyone except white people who lick boots?
Just remember not to call it racism. The layoff of only non-white cops has nothing to do with the colour of their skin. It has to do with the skin of those making the decision.