Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has been at the Major Cities Chiefs Association for the last week, but while there she decided to take a shot at city leaders about the lack of tough laws to stop repeat offenders.
Chief Best tweeted out about a recent case that started after a business owner reported a theft. A Seattle police officer tracked down the suspect and arrested him. Within a few hours that same officer had to arrest the same suspect for a new crime.
Chief Best pointed out that incidents like these hurt the community and her officers’ morale.
KOMO News confronted Mayor Jenny Durkan about the tweet and she was unable to provide any sort of tangible response.
Mayor Durkan said she would look into the case and added, “I mean, we have seen that there are. We had to do as everyone knows our criminal justice system is pretty complicated in Seattle because we have two separate systems and also people who have significant behavioral health issues often can’t stand trial so we have to let them go and they often re-commit offenses, but we can’t get them the help they need and we need to change that.”
Shortly after Chief Best sent her tweet, the Seattle Police Officers Guild retweeted it, thanking her and calling out City Attorney Pete Holmes.
KOMO News has reported that one man, identified as Francisco Calderon, has been convicted of 72 crimes and continues to hit the streets.
A business owner reported a property crime, and @SeattlePD arrested the suspect. Within hours, the suspect was released from jail and returned to commit a new crime. The same officer re-arrested the suspect. This not only hurts our community, but officer morale as well. #MCCA2019 pic.twitter.com/l6cXkBm6Wv
— Chief Carmen Best (@carmenbest) October 25, 2019
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