Seattle votes to defund police

    Photo credit to Seattle Police.

    Seattle, Washington (ABC) - Seattle's police chief Carmen Best retired after the City Council voted to cut the department budget by $3 million, leaving 100 officers out of work.

    The council voted 7-1 to cut the budget on Monday.

    Activists had asked for a 50 percent reduction in the department budget.

    Mayor Jenny Durkan denounced the move.  However, the budget cut will become law since the council has a veto-proof majority.

    Best is expected to retire on September 2.

    KIRO in Seattle reported Best released an email to announce her retirement.

    "I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times.You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.  I look forward to seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you."

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