Transcript for Seattle police chief talks city's response to violent protests
dismantled its capitol hill organized protest zone, a police-free gathering point for protesters following the death of George Floyd. They shut it down. Weighing in on that is chief Carmen best. Chief best, thank you for joining us. Your mayor ordered Seattle police to shut down the police protest zone, there were weeks of violent outbreaks including shootings and the deaths of two teenagers, was this action overdo? At the time when we went in, it was time for us to go in and to remove the capitol hill organized protest zone. As you noted, it started as a relatively innocuous event. But it devolve into a number of crimes being committed, including two murders. So it was time to shut it down. We should mention protests still continuing in Seattle. How are you encouraging people to move the black lives matter movement forward but at the same time keep your community safe? Yeah, that's a good question, we're always trying to make sure that we protect people's first amendment rights to free speech. We're also taking care of the public safety needs of the community. We'll make sure that we are available, helping people to protest, but also making sure that there are no other issues that are affecting communities safety. We always operate in that vein. You're in a unique position, you're the first black female police chief in Seattle, that said, what steps are you taking to help combat police brutality and at the same time protect the rights of black residents in your city? We're making sure we're looking for -- we're inviting community to work with us. We want to have a community-led re-envisioning of policing and how it works. The amount of work they want to. Nothing gets done unless we're all in this together. We're looking to work with community and have the community lead the discussions. I think we all recognize the systemic issues of racism that affects so many areas of this country and so many different genres, so we want to be a part of the solution. Well, I think that was perfectly put. You put in so much hard work and you'll continue to do. Thank you, chief Carmen best, thank you for joining us. Thank you.
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