Black activists and faith leaders in Seattle criticized Black Lives Matter protesters for violence in their city and voiced their support for police chief Carmen Best.
“Being a black woman, she has the perspective of some of the groups that have the most troubled relationships with law enforcement,” Leslie Braxton, a local reverend, said in a Thursday press conference.
Best, Seattle’s first black police chief, announced on Aug. 10 she would step down after the city council approved sweeping police reform legislation that would cut millions in funding and nearly 100 officers from the city’s police force. Best said the city council’s move was “reckless” and provides “no practical plan for community safety.”
Police reform activist Andre Taylor, whose brother was shot and killed by Seattle police, criticized protesters marching in the name of Black Lives Matter.
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