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Hundreds of BLM supporters storm Snohomish County neighborhood to protest at Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best’s home

Protest at Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best’s home
By Mario Lotmore | Lynnwood Times

Article Updates

  • In the early morning of August 3, the Lynnwood Times reached out to all Snohomish County Councilmembers and the Mayor of Seattle to provide statements. Their statements will be posted in the order received.
  • [2:00 p.m., August 3, 2020] Added Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low’s statement about incident.
  • [1:30 p.m., August 3, 2020] Added Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s statement about incident and included pictures provided by her spokeswoman of intimidation at her home.
  • [1:30 p.m., August 3, 2020] Added Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehrings statement about incident.

Roughly 40 vehicles lined the road of a small, quiet, and quaint residential community in unincorporated Snohomish County to protest at the private residence of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.  According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, this is the first occurrence of protestors targeting an official in the county.  The incident took place at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, August 1.

Firsthand witnesses told the Lynnwood Times that a neighbor tipped off residents to dozens of vehicles traversing the street of the private residence of Best.  Neighbors aware of Best’s physical home location, established a perimeter to protect her home from possible mischief.  Best was not home at the time of the incident.

A crowd of about 200 persons, mostly white men and women in their twenties, were dressed in black with masks and black hoods and carried signs that read “Black Lives Matter.” Black Lives Matter protestors shouted profanity and insults at neighbors, took license plate information on vehicles, took pictures of homes, and asked little kids who lived in the neighborhood what schools they attended. 

Other BLM protesters carrying large duffle bags attempted to make their way to Chief Best’s private residence. When confronted by neighbors to show the content of the large duffle bags, protesters refused to cooperate. There were no reports of any physical altercations.

Carmen Best
Snohomish County Sheriff vehicle protecting neighborhood of Carmen Best after BLM protest at her residence on August 1, 2020. Lynnwood Times photo by Mario Lotmore.

In a statement to the Lynnwood Times, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney wrote, “I assured her [Best] that the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office would deploy whatever resources were necessary to protect her, her family, and her property.”

Neighbors told the Lynnwood Times that some of their private information has been publicly disclosed on social media and they are afraid for their safety.  Because of this, the Lynnwood Times is respecting the confidentiality of those that provided statements and not disclosing the home address of Chief Best.

Because of the proactive response by neighbors, the crowd dispersed by 7:45 p.m. that evening.  Neighbors shared that a yellow GMC Vandura van and a motorcycle was seen several times throughout the evening driving through the neighborhood.

“I feel incredibly unsafe,” said one neighbor. “We think it will happen again… Their objective was not completed; they never made it to her house, we stopped them… so we think they will be back.”

All of the neighbors interviewed by the Lynnwood Times were thankful to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for providing an around the clock law enforcement presence.


In his statement Sheriff Fortney wrote, “The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has been supportive and accommodating to all peaceful protests that have occurred in our jurisdiction.  With that said, protestors targeting one individual’s house is a bullying tactic that will certainly require an extra patrol response to ensure every resident in Snohomish County can feel safe in their own home, with their loved ones, no matter what they choose to do to make a living.”

A community resident and witness to the protest shared some of the tactics used by BLM protestors.

“They were very organized. They had radios, talking to each other. They had numbers they used to decal all their cars for who knows what. So, they were identifying all their vehicles individually by number. They came with a mission…They were out here intimidating us.”

Many of the residents have lived in the neighborhood for well over ten years.

“It is an awesome neighborhood.  It is quiet and we know most of the neighbors. There are a lot of families with kids who ride their bikes and play with their skateboards.”

Chief Best personally thanked each of her neighbors for their support and apologized to them for the incident. However, neighbors responded with sympathy to Best for the ordeal she and her staff are going through.

“She [Best] thanked us all for banding together,” one neighbor told the Lynnwood Times. “It made us feel awesome.  She felt she had to apologize to all of us, that this was happening to us and we said no. We apologized to her that this is happening to her.”

When asked to comment on the incident, one neighbor said, “At the end of the day, the biggest thing we aren’t getting anymore is discourse. As a country, as a nation, as a people, we had always done a good job, whether or not you are right, left or indifferent. When things came about there was conversation…a meeting of minds…people talked.”

He continued, “At the end of the day, whether or not the protest would have been peaceful all day long is the fact that there is one bad apple…could that one bad apple light a house on fire or do something destructive.”

Official statement from SPD Chief Best

Below is an official statement and letter from Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best urging the Seattle City Council to act and denounce the current trend in the intimidation of public officials and civil servants before it devolves into “mob rule.”

August 3rd, 2020
Lorena González, President and Lisa Herbold, Public Safety Chair
Seattle City Council, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Re: Intimidation of Public Officials and Employees

Dear President González, Chairwoman Herbold, and Seattle City Council Members:

I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last night.

A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night. My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so. Currently, the local sheriff (not SPD resources) is monitoring the situation.

I urge both of you, and the entire council, to stand up for what is right. These direct actions against elected officials, and especially civil servants like myself, are out of line with and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation. Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle, and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.

The events of this summer were initiated in a moment of grief and outrage over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and so many other Black and Brown people suffering at the hands of injustice. All of us must ensure that this righteous cause is not lost in the confusion of so many protestors now engaging in violence and intimidation, which many are not speaking against.

Carmen Best
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department

Tammy Morales, Councilmember, District 2
Kshama Sawant, Councilmember, District 3
Alex Pedersen, Councilmember, District 4
Debora Juarez, Councilmember, District 5
Dan Strauss, Councilmember, District 6
Andrew Lewis, Councilmember, District 7
Teresa Mosqueda, Councilmember, District 8, At-Large
Community Police Commission, Co-Chairs

Carmen Best
Snohomish County Sheriff vehicle protecting neighborhood of Carmen Best after BLM protest at her residence on August 1, 2020. Lynnwood Times photo by Mario Lotmore.

Statements from elected officials

Best was appointed Seattle Police Chief by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on August 13, 2018.  Best, a native of Tacoma, Washington, became the first African American woman to serve as Seattle’s chief of police and one of a handful of female African American police chiefs in the United States. 

Snohomish Mayor John Kartak

Snohomish Mayor John Kartak shared with the Lynnwood Times his concern to the recent trend to dox and protest at the private residents of both elected and law enforcement officials.

“Although this took place outside city limits, it is well within my Snohomish community. As the Mayor of Snohomish, I find this deeply troubling… I condemn the doxing tactics used against fellow officials and law enforcement. I have never doxed anyone and I have never supported doxing anyone.”

Doxing is the practice of publishing private or identifying information about an individual on the internet, typically with malicious intent.  According to the New York Post article, “Personal information of high-ranking cops leaked online, feds say,” law enforcement officials had their personal information posted online amid nationwide unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.

Kartak continued, “We are in times when a few voices are loudly crying out to defund our police. I would like to challenge every citizen and every voter to consider that they need to decide what they value.  I know my community values their police and their sheriffs.”

The Lynnwood Times reached out to former Snohomish County Sheriff and current 44th Legislative District Representative John Lovick for comment about the incident and tactics used by the BLM protesters, but he did not return any of our calls.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Kelsey Nyland, provided the following statement to the Lynnwood Times on behalf of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan:

“There is no one better positioned to transform the Seattle Police Department than Chief Best. She has nearly 30 years in the department, and she knows it better than anyone.”

“Peaceful protests push elected officials and governments to be better. They are a core tenet of our democracy, and the City remains committed to supporting our communities’ right to peacefully protest. But we cannot keep engaging in hateful language and destruction. Those acts undermine the push for systemic change, and they are unsustainable. In order to truly make the change communities are asking for, we must be in conversation and in partnership with each other.”

Nyland shared with the Lynnwood Times that Mayor Durkan has had five demonstrations at her house in recent weeks. As U.S. Attorney, Mayor Durkan has prosecuted cartels, Russian cybercrimes (a son of a oligarch), and right wing militias.

Durkan and her family are part of the 4,500 people statewide who are part of a state program for individuals who have been targets of stalking and domestic violence.

Below are photos provided to the Lynnwood Times by Nyland of outside the home of Durkan after recent demonstrations.

Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring

“I am very disappointed to learn that protestors attempted to visit the home of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. There are several forms in which civil discussion around policy can occur in our society, including public meetings, emails, and peaceful demonstrations in the public square. Harassing the Seattle Police Chief at her personal home is completely unacceptable and these sorts of intimidation tactics require strong condemnation. I call on Seattle’s elected leaders to join me in denouncing this inappropriate behavior.”

Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low

“I applaud and respect those who have peacefully protested in my Council District, which includes Lake Stevens, Monroe, and Snohomish over the past 2 months. With that said, all people in Snohomish County need to feel safe and secure in their neighborhood and on their property. Organized groups of individuals trying to intimidate, bully, harass, and trespass against individuals in their neighborhood and on their property is disgraceful.”

Current local trends by BLM to intimidate elected officials

Seattle Police Chief Best is the latest official to have been targeted by BLM groups.  In June, 50 BLM supporters vandalized the home of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. Joined by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, hundreds of BLM protestors demonstrated in front of the home of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Only two weeks ago, protestors marched at the homes of Seattle councilmembers Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez demanding their vote to defund the Seattle police department.

On Friday, July 31, Seattle City Council members offered a proposal to cut 100 full-time officers from the department’s budget and create alternative systems to prevent violence and provide community safety.

The latest Crosscut-Elway scientific poll of 402 registered voters in WA conducted July 11-15, found that majority of Washingtonians oppose defunding law enforcement agencies.  When asked about changing the current policing model, 62% of those surveyed oppose dismantling and starting over with a new model and 73% oppose reducing law enforcement funding by 50%. 

The Crosscut-Elway Poll is a quarterly survey of voters in Washington state.  It has been providing an independent nonpartisan analysis of public opinion trends in Washington and the Northwest since 1975.

128 Responses

  1. Funny how she cant do her job and lets a whole police station be taken over plus a few city blocks but when it comes to her own residence she gets protected. What about those she is paid to protect yet failed?

    1. If you were paying attention it was not her choice to let the police station be taken over. She even made a very public statement about this exact issue.

    2. The people entrusted to protect her area did their job. Even the neighbors stepped in to protect their neighbor. I see that you want to conflate Capitol Hill and the Best home. I will say there is one common denominator in both scenarios, BLM. You can draw what you want from that comparison. I hold the blame squarely on BLM and the hands that tied SPD against the rioting.

    3. She was ORDERED to stand down by Mayor Jenny. She “can’t” do her job because the SPD was NOT ALLOWED to do their job by Seattle’s leaders. Shame on Seattle. Deaths in CHAZ/ CHOP were due to Hoodlums, not law enforcement!
      What do you expect when you call evil good, and good evil. “Peaceful Protestors” indeed. Total lack of respect and a disregard of Common Sense!

  2. LOL, fuck that lady, she thinks she can just shoot people with rubber bullets and tear gas and return home to fucking lynnwood of all places like job well done?

      1. lol “navy sub vet” even on an anonymous comment section you feel the need to post just boot things about yourself and have the balls to call someone else a pussy. Do you wear your dungarees to sleep too?

    1. I am not from Seattle but from a smaller west coast very liberal town. The first night of so-called peaceful protests, a woman was drug from her car and beaten as protestors broke out her windows. The Starbucks was broken into and furniture burnt in the streets, the S
      print store had hundreds of phones thrown into the street and most of all businesses close by had broken windows and graffiti and or things stolen. Jenny has been threatened by protestors and she has the right to have protection. Also, there are laws that restrict large groups from meeting in neighborhoods and if you are organizing a protest you have to have a permit.

    2. Hmmm… Well, you PAntifa scumbag, show on my lawn and get shot.
      BLM/Antifa are a VIRUS.
      The CURE is 30.06 – Come get vaccinated scumbag.
      E-7 Ret.


      1. LOL E-7 Ret? you sign your shit that way? you fucking pussy. Like Al fucking bundy 7 touchdowns in one game when he was in highschool. Come get your fucking vaccine a .50 cal between the eyes you faggot.

        1. Yeah right…Anti-FAGGOT..
          You could not distinguish a .50 cal fro a BB gun and I am not impressed.
          Remember that FOOL in Austin, Texas?
          All you Pantifa scum are gonna be filling ditches very soon.
          Now, you mom is calling, time for your PB&J sandwich and Bed time.

    1. There is so much unsubstantiated horseshit in this piece I can’t believe it was published. Because of the vigilant actions of the neighbors the crowd left? This is a libelous hatchet job.

      1. Explain what’s wrong in the article. In detail.

        Did, or did not, the “protester’s” ask neighborhood kids where they went to school. Yes or no. Or, is that kind of ‘binary’ ‘objectivity’ too ‘white’ for you?


  3. How long will we let this nonsense go on? These aren’t “protestors”, they’re violent animals and should be treated as such.

    1. I do not understand how BLM protesting outside of Seattle’s Police chiefs home accomplishes anything……she may be a police officer but she is also Black. In my opinion they are saying BLM but not yours!

      1. So because she’s Black she can’t be guilty of perpetuating and upholding racism and systems of racism? You people are really something else – all the critical thinking of a five year-old, not an adult. Good grief!

        1. What system? Where is proof she is perpetrating anything? She is not guilty until proven innocent. Please provide facts.

        2. Sorry Charlie, go back to OBAMA’S LIES, maybe ” be sure to tell VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT I will be more flexible after we Steal the second election in 2012″. Ok I will tell PUTIN that you Obama will be his bottom bitch, & #Bejing Biden Joe will SELL OUT THE USA URANIUM, ALLOW CHINA TO BUILD AND WEAPONIZE ISLANDS, AND YOU OBAMA HAVE GIVE UKRAINE PILLOWS FOR THE COUP, AS WE TAKE CRIMEA WITHOUT A SINGLE WORD ABOUT IT. FROM DEMS, DNC, OBAMA &HRC CARTEL FOUNDATION, # BEJING Biden Joe the pedophile, KKK GRAND DRAGON MENTOR ROBERT BYRD 50YRS IN THE DEM SENATE..

      1. Who cares? This isn’t about “racism”, its a Machiavellian power-play. Cultural Marxists will not stop defiling and debasing Western culture until they are checked.

    2. Violent animals…nice. That phrasing is a racist dog whistle. At any rate last time I checked the 1st and 14th amendment allow Americans to express their opinions non-violently. Perhaps we should take a page from the right wing playbook and do it armed. That’s what the right wingers did in Michigan when they protested at the home of the state chief medical officer.

      1. Dog whistles are only heard by dogs. Since you’re the one that correlated that to blacks, guess what that makes you, genius?

        If you haven’t noticed, Democrats/Progressives/Liberals have *always* been racist at their core. Woodrow Wilson? Racist. LBJ, racist. Robert Byrd, a legit KKK member, was Senate Majority leader as recently as 1989. Bill Clinton? Oh, disciple of Fulbright? Look up *that* guy’s opinions on blacks. Al Gore? Are you familiar with Al Gore Sr.’s views on blacks? And, now you! Precious little you! The one that sees a bunch of *white* protesters described as ‘animals’ and, in your sick racist mind, makes them out to be black animals. A proud progressive you are in the proud progressive tradition of racism.

        1. Don’t feed their moral paradigm of race-obsession. Its enough that they’re a violent mob assaulting innocents, destroying property, and subverting institutions.

      2. Everythings racist to your ilk, as if something as subtle and subjective as “racism” was the greatest evil in the world and not, say, the genocides going on in Syria, Libya, and China. If opposing deranged leftist mobs makes me “racist” then seig goddamn heil. It will take militant rightwingers to clean you out given the weakness Seattle police have shown.

        1. “If opposing deranged leftist mobs makes me “racist” then seig goddamn heil” So in opposing the so-called leftist mobs you’ll willingly become a nazi?

    1. So, if I disagree with young white predominately male “protestors” targeting a black woman then I’m racist.

    2. Ok, what’s dishonest? Give specifics.

      I suspect you’re the type that thinks things like “belief in objectivity” are aspects of “white culture”. Prove me wrong.

  4. You had peaceful protestors walking down the street and were met with armed threats of violence by chuds and chuds with badges. This is trash reporting.

    1. Thank you! You are absolutely correct. The only violence was the neighbors who were people in trucks with guns that threatened to shoot. This article has so many untruths in it.

    2. You want to bring hundreds of people to a residential area to attack a private residence? This is the response you’re going to get.

      BLM, antifa and all of their allies have proven themselves to be anything but peaceful. The only reason they remained “peaceful” here is that they were never given a chance to throw bricks and molotovs at Best’s home.

      “Chuds” whatever you say, the real world isn’t Chapo traphouse and your buddies aren’t wanted outside of Seattle.

    3. Lol imagine being a chapo but too poor to actually live in New York. Lol even to the CTH crew you are at best the help.

    4. Awww… you pitiful, pussy-assed scumbag.
      Lucky for them they were not all ventilated by the good neighbors Carmen Best.
      Get lost loser…You Antifa clowns time is up.

      1. written by an Antifa member? more than likely. false info spreads faster than the truth
        every time – moderator be aware

  5. I hope people on both side see what is going on and realize that the BLM movement has been taken over and they are using inappropriate intimidation tactics, destroying property and harassing normal people all over the country to force policies that are incredibly unpopular. They will use shame tactics and gaslighting to get people to shut up which creates the illusion they are the majority opinion. If any of us want to have a conversation going in this country we need to reject extremists on both sides especially the modern BLM movement. They don’t care about racism they care about gaining power at all costs.

    In california right now they are voting to repeal our civil rights amendment to our state constitution so you will be allowed to discriminate based on race or sex when hiring… These new far left groups are exactly what they claim to be against.

  6. Reading the comments here and felt sick. It’s crazy to see how many people think it is even remotely reasonable to go to someone’s home as a large group. I can guarantee that those who seem to agree with the “protesters” would object if it was their own home and family. Look at Ted Wheeler in Portland – he was ok with autonomous zone until they came to his neighborhood. He shut that down pretty quickly after that, LOL.

    My family escaped the dangers of a socialist dictatorship and these are exactly the tactics that system used. It’s ironic how fascist the so-called anti-fascists really are. Also ironic is the racism of the so-called anti-racists as they go out of their way to intimidate a black woman. It would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous.

    1. The comments from these #AntifaTerrorists should provoke you to go and BUY A GUN while you still can in Librat controlled Washington State.
      How many DEVIANT, SICKO, LIBRAT and QUEER mayors need FAIL like Durkin and Ed Murray before you wake up.

      LIBERALS are a VIRUS.
      The CURE is 30.06

      1. Lynnwood times moderator know that comments like these probably written by the same group that “visited” chief best to make your outlet look bad – it’s pretty clever – diabolically so

  7. I wouldn’t wipe my ass with the Lynnwood Times if it were sold as toilet paper.

    Total rubbish.

    1. Feel free to MOVE and create you “Wakanda” somewhere in AFRICA where ALL you negro scum should be forcibly relocated.

      Negros are a VIRUS. Antifa PUNKS are PUSSIES.

      George Floyd was a worthless, ghetto HOODRAT who deserved to be killed years ago.


      1. pretty sure this was written by an antifa or antifa affiliated group so they can try to get the comments section shut down .. No one believes their BS anymore- don’t believe their counter propaganda either

  8. These idiots are completely out of control. Thugs wearing MASKS to HIDE their identities caught carrying duffel bags that they REFUSED to open and show “what” was inside. Claiming they were there to protest the Police Chief, but taking pictures of OTHER peoples homes. And worst of all, going after KIDS. What kind of “peaceful protestors” ask children “where they go to school” unless you’re planning something more nefarious — in fact, the Cops and Feds should seriously be pursuing those thugs most of all, trying to ID them as genuine potential threats.

    Everyone now sees this was NEVER about George Floyd, but is a violent anarchist movement. However, the good news is that polls show the mood of the country is completely changing and that good, hard working people have had enough of the BLM bull crap. Which is why we can all take comfort in knowing that every time a BLM protestor gets taken down by Cops or civilians defending their rights & property, an Angel gets their wings.

  9. seattle resident for 29 years but left in 2016 thank god. seattlites for the most part are unhinged leftists so blm and all their ilk are justified in burning that city down, but they should start in magnolia first.

  10. Best’s neighbor ensured that the protestors didn’t do anything ‘illegal.’
    Nonviolent protests at the homes of elected officials are protected free speech and pointed out that historically these acts of protests are used when citizens feel they can’t access their elected officials through council meetings or town halls. The strategy was used repeatedly during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
    Really disappointed in the explicit bias baked into this article. Miserable excuse for journalism. And conservative types whine about media bias

    1. As an expert on history and explicit bias, please enlighten us with some specific examples where Civil Rights activists went to the personal homes of officials to protest and exercise their protected free speech.

  11. BLM/Antifa a SCUM and Domestic Terrorists.
    Someday very soon, someone will empty and entire 30 round magazine of 5.56 into these scumbags and this BS will end.
    Hope it happens TODAY.

    1. stfu you god damn pussy, You aren’t going to do shit except ride your fucking mobility scooter around and tell young whipper snappers how awesome you were back in the day. For fucks sake you retards and your dreams of being some kind of rambo or die hard motherfucker. Let me spell it out for you clearly, you aren’t going to do a fucking god damn thing because you are a fucking LARPing cocksucking pussy.

      1. Really..
        Well little TWERPNICK TWAT, I guess we will see. Won’t we.
        You scummy, lice-infested, unemployed, diksucking, commie faggots will be filling ditches nationwide if little LYNNWOOD, Washington is any example.

        I bet on us “boomers” with JOBS, GUNS, HOMES and MONEY over unemployed, uneducated, scumbag, millennial, pussy fucks like YOU any day.

        Come for a visit, get vaccinated.

        #ShootCommies for fun

      2. Just keep it up you scummy punks.
        You will make it very easy for even the average American to start shooting you scumbags on sight.
        Personally, I can’t wait till one of you dopehead pieces of shit wander on to my property.
        I hope shooting you scum becomes a national trend.
        YOU are the NAZIS and America HATES Nazis.

      3. Shut your filthy mouth. So many nasty words came out I don’t know what you meant to say. No need for that.

  12. Wow…, All this fuss over a career criminal hoodrat named George Floyd.
    So glad he is dead.
    Now.. On to the rest of the BLM/Antifa terrorists.


  13. They will not stop. Biden, Feinstein, Pelosi, all Dems support Antifa/BLM violent activity. They will not condemn nor denounce this behavior. They like to encourage the intoxication of being losers.

  14. I think that we are near the ‘high water mark’ for Antifa/BLM. They have consistently shown themselves WORSE than the disease that they claim to hate. I think it’s going to all be ‘downhill’ for them from this point on. They have ENSURED the re-election of Trump, it’s impossible to avoid their presence in the average voter’s mind in the voting booth. They desire power, and EVERY EFFORT should be made to ensure that they NEVER RECEIVE IT.

    1. Your point is well taken, but really why must you toss our President Trump into the statement? He has nothing to do with the issue at hand. These postings are to inform the people of the dangers that Washingtonians are facing … Trump 2020!!!!

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