A female Seattle cop wrote a blunt exit letter on her retirement, in which she blamed the police chief’s “failing leadership” for letting criminals take over the city.
Lt. Jessica Taylor, who served in the Seattle Police Department for 23 years, handed in her notice – but instead of completing a mandatory exit survey, she decided to write a lengthy letter to the police chief .
In her own savage words, she explained to chef Adrian Diaz why she made the decision to retire in an “unfiltered, raw and shameless” 15-page rant.
Taylor didn’t mince words — and attacked nearly every facet of law enforcement in the city, blaming them for completely failing the general public.
She began the scathing letter with, “This will be a brutally long letter, but after more than 23 years, I have a few things to say.”
Lt. Jessica Taylor, who served in the Seattle Police Department for 23 years, gave her notice – but instead of completing a mandatory exit survey, she decided to write a lengthy letter to the police chief
Taylor also took a swipe at Seattle City Council – calling the institution “absurd”, before describing the mayor as “reckless” and denouncing “the leniency of the DA’s office”. But his main address was to the chief of police – Adrian Diaz (photo)
“Every page is initialized so that no one can do the typical SPD routine. “I don’t know what happened. It was just automatically deleted.”
Taylor said the “toxic” police department turned out to be “nothing more than a circus, with loud clowns going wild”.
She called her time in the department “exhausting.”
Taylor also took a swipe at Seattle City Council – calling the institution “absurd”, before describing the mayor as “reckless” and denouncing “the leniency of the DA’s office”.
On top of that, she hit on the police chief’s “failed leadership” which “has accelerated this town’s descent to the bottom.”
She told Diaz: ‘You willingly became a puppet, a spineless ‘yes-man’, perfectly willing to throw the whole department under the bus to get your coveted spot as chief, complete with a swanky corner desk .
“Your approach reeks of a desperate lust for control rather than a genuine understanding and respect for the autonomy of our officers.”
“Your controlling, bullying, and gaslighting tendencies have taken their toll on this department, driving out talented and dedicated officers.”
She added, “You are a vindictive, power-hungry person, and I wouldn’t trust you as much as I could throw at you.
“You gave me the opportunity for an honest exit interview, and here it is. I will always stand up for what is right and what I believe in……even if I am alone.
Lt. Jessica Taylor didn’t mince words in her 15-page release letter
She said of Adrian Diaz: ‘Your controlling, bullying and gaslighting tendencies have taken their toll on this department, driving out talented and dedicated officers’
Turning her attention to Seattle, she said the city is “a playground for anarchists and criminals” who have invaded the city – and officials “seem completely unconcerned about the devastating consequences of their actions”.
Seattle, in Taylor’s words, has become the laughingstock of the world.
She added: “People are being hurt and killed in this city, left and right.
“I bet most people in Seattle wish they could walk outside at night or get to downtown Seattle without fear.
“But they can’t, and it’s your fault.” You disappointed them. You let us down.
Calling for an investigation, Taylor said: ‘I hope with every fiber of my being that an outside agency will thoroughly investigate you.
“Your character is questionable at best, and the citizens of this once great city deserve to know the truth – all of it.”
Speaking to Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, the former lieutenant said, “I wanted to come out with the truth.
Taylor (left) is pictured during her 23 years at the department
“Street officers are the backbone of this department.
“And they will do everything they can and fight tooth and nail to make sure the public is taken care of.
She ended the letter with: ‘Did you seriously flag your way to the Taylor Swift gig and go to the front where people paid $1000 to be there?
“And dare not say it was work-related because you haven’t done police work in years… if ever.
“If so, please review SPD Handbook sections 5.001(12) and 5.020 and report to the OPA immediately.”
A Seattle Police Department spokesperson responded, “While we are not resolving staffing issues, the Seattle Police Department is working alongside our city partners to restore the department to over 1,400 officers.
“We want our officers to feel valued and respected for their hard work every day. We are committed to highlighting this work on a regular basis.