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Police Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to residents and business owners earlier Friday warning that officers may not intervene to stop rioters from destroying private property. Officers would scale back their approach to protecting private property and may let it be destroyed entirely before putting an officer at risk of a violent mob. The city council’s restrictions on officers’ tools such as tear gas and pepper spray would leave them largely unable to disperse crowds. “Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd,” Best wrote. “Seattle police will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend – as I will never ask our officers to risk their personal safety to protect property without the tools to do so in a safe way.”
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