Assertion of Police Chief Adrian Diaz
“This morning I listened to an audio recording that features feedback by an off-duty Seattle police officer. A bias/hate grievance was filed with the Workplace of Police Accountability.
I’ve taken fast steps to position the officer on administrative go away. This motion is per our values and the collective bargaining settlement between the Metropolis and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild.
Though I’ll in the end defer, as I’m required, to the result of OPA’s investigation, racist language is totally unacceptable and is inconsistent with the excessive requirements the division units for its workers. Whereas I’m grateful the grievance was filed with OPA, not understanding about this for one 12 months causes me concern. Because of this, I’ve instructed my employees to evaluation this officer’s arrest and investigation historical past.
As I’ve mentioned from the start of my tenure as Chief of Police, racist feedback and conduct by division workers won’t be tolerated.
I and all the police division deeply apologize to the one who was subjected to those offensive remarks, in addition to to the group. We clearly have extra work to do to construct belief between the division and the folks we serve.”