Seattle police chief stunned at push to fire cops based upon race: ‘It’s illegal’

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best appeared stunned this week when confronted with City Council member Lisa Herbold’s suggestion that laying off police officers due to a defunding of the department could be done by a race basis rather than seniority.

“It is illegal to make layoffs based on race,” Ms. Best promptly told a local CBS affiliate on Wednesday. “I’m not sure where she is getting her legal advice from, but the persons who are advising us are making sure we understand that it’s illegal to do that.”

Ms. Herbold’s idea comes in conjunction with efforts to defund SPD and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.

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