Carmen Best

Retired Seattle Police Chief; Law Enforcement Analyst, MSNBC, NBC, CNBC, King5
Carmen Best Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: Protests, Police & Public Safety

11 a.m. Monday, May 3

It's been nearly a year after the George Floyd murder, and the ensuing public protests and outcry for a reexamination of how we fund police and address public safety. In this session, we’ll have a candid conversation with former Seatle Police Chief Carmen Best, who was at the center of the city's turmoil. Now a private citizen, she’ll give us her thoughts on what went wrong, what we misunderstand about policing and what she thinks should be done to make public safety work better for everyone. Crosscut News and Politics Reporter David Kroman will moderate this conversation.


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About Carmen Best

Carmen Best was the first African American woman to serve as Chief of the Seattle Police Department. She serves on multiple committees and boards, and is a contributor for MSNBC, NBC, and CNBC, and a Law Enforcement Analyst for King 5.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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Ask Carmen a question!

Your submitted questions could help shape our conversations in May. We’ll accept questions until mid-April, then pass along popular and thought-provoking topics for moderators to potentially include in their scripts.