Top cop urges citizens to call 9-1-1 if they’re INSULTED amid pandemic

By WND Staff


Federal, state and local law-enforcement personnel have been stretched to the limit in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Seattle’s police chief, nevertheless, is expanding the scope of her department.

Amid the coronavirus shutdown, she’s urging citizens to report insults to police.

In an “update” video, Carmen Best promised: “We will document and investigate every reported hate crime. Even racist name-calling should be reported to police. If you aren’t sure if a hate crime occurred, call 911. We are here to help.”

Best recruited former Seattle TV news anchor Lori Matsukawa to help with her campaign.

“Hate crimes have no place in our community. We are all trying to deal with the COVID-19 public health crisis together. If you are a victim of a hate crime or hate-based harassment, please call 911,” Matsukawa said.

The video was spotlight by the Geller Report blog, which asked: “Does this include all the Trump hate spewed in this sorry blue state? Yeah, I didn’t think so.”

The report quoted Robby Soave of Reason, who said: “Seattle’s top cop may want to get her priorities straightened out. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Police Chief Carmen Best used her most recent ‘chief’s brief’ update on the coronavirus crisis to urge residents to dial 911 if they are the victims of racist name-calling.”

The Geller Report commented that the “unhelpful guidance that conflates two completely different things.”

“A hate crime takes place when a person, motivated by animus, engages in criminal activity against a protected class,” the report said. “Importantly, the underlying action has to be criminal in nature: vandalism, assault, etc. Mere speech is not generally criminal, except in a few special cases (true threats of violence, for instance). Racist speech could be an element of a hate crime conviction, but engaging in racist speech is not itself a criminal action. In fact, hateful speech is clearly protected under the First Amendment, according to Supreme Court precedent.”

Reporting name-calling to police wastes officers’ time and can snowball, the Geller Report argued.

“Inviting the police to intervene in speech-based disputes between people is a recipe for disaster. Teachers, counselors, and parents, for instance, could reasonably interpret Best’s remarks as an obligation for them to call the cops on kids who use derogatory language. Over-criminalization of teenage misbehavior in schools is one result of the mindset that people—even kids—causing each other offense ought to be a matter for the police to handle.”

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