Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best
 - Photo: Seattle Police Department

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best

Photo: Seattle Police Department

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best says that a string of violent incidents over the weekend highlighted the fact that the agency has "some critical staffing issues."

According to the Seattle Times, there was a fatal stabbing bracketed by two shootings in a very short time span early Sunday morning that had officers scrambling to cover the scenes. The department even issued a citywide callout of officers to one of the incidents, which took place at Seattle Center.

Chief Best called that incident a "melee."

She said that the staffing issues are in part a consequence of officer sentiment that political leaders in the community do not support law enforcement.

Chief Best said, "We really need the support of our public officials and the public … We are losing good people and we know it’s because they don’t feel supported by public officials.

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