Instead, the council approved proposals to reduce the force's 1,400 officers by up to 100 positions through layoffs and attrition, the Times reported, and to trim about $3 million from the force's $409 million budget for 2020.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, whose tune on the riots changed after her home was targeted, offered a tepid rebuke of the council's decision: "It is unfortunate [that the] Council has refused to engage in a collaborative process to work with the Mayor, Chief Best, and community members to develop a budget and policies that respond to community needs while accounting for - not just acknowledging - the significant labor and legal implications involved in transforming the Seattle Police Department". She also stated that she looks forward to seeing "how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety".
Evidently, since Best's statement did not comport with the Left's fallacious narrative of "mostly peaceful protesters" standing against "systemically racist" police departments, council members chose to stick their heads in the sand and virtue signal their anti-police "wokeness". Best said she was "confident the department will make it through these hard times" once she leaves her post on September 2, per CNN.
"I regret deeply that she concluded that the best way to serve the city and help the department was a change in leadership", Durkan said.
The outlet reported that Best's resignation was "due to council actions, including a proposed massive pay cut, plus the council's refusal to denounce marches to her house".
The Seattle City Council on Monday passed a spending plan that would reduce funding for the city police department as part of a revised 2020 budget.
KING-TV reports that Best and Durkan will further explain the chief's decision to resign in a press conference Tuesday morning.
The mayor picked Best in July of 2018 to lead the department.
Seattle now has about 1,400 police officers. Seattle has around 1,400 police officers, and the current proposal would include cutting about 100 cops. City councils in Washington D.C. and Oakland, California have also cut police funding.
The Downtown Seattle Association also condemned the cuts, saying: "In defunding SPD, the council moved with speed and pettiness rather than with precision and thoughtfulness".
Council member Dan Strauss said the council will keep working toward providing public safety that works for everyone in Seattle, providing "the right response to 911 calls right away", which he said in the future may not always include an armed officer.
"While we can't do everything in this summer rebalancing package, we have set the path forward for tremendous work in front of us as a council and as a city", Mosqueda said, as quoted by Fox News. They also say any layoffs would disproportionately target newer officers, often hired from minority communities, and would inevitably lead to lawsuits.