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Former Seattle police chief dismisses accusations from female officers, comes out as gay

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The former interim police chief of the Seattle Police Department says the accusations that led to his dismissal are false and that he couldn’t commit those actions because he’s a gay man.

According to NBC News, Adrian Diaz is accused of discrimination, creating a hostile work environment, and harassment by four female employees. Those accusations launched an investigation, and forced the city to remove him as interim police chief and reassign him.

During a local radio interview, Diaz said: “Just because you’re a gay man doesn’t mean you can’t be a misogynist, but I know who I am, and I know what I’ve done, and I know that I’ve always been true to myself and I’ve always treated people well and respectfully.”

The four female officers named Diaz, a human resource manager, and others in leadership for unwanted physical advances, work requirements outside their job description, and undeserved criticism and callouts by name in front of others.

Another officer filed a lawsuit against Diaz for discriminatory practices and being unfairly demoted after he applied for a deputy chief position.

Diaz confirmed that he is married to a woman and was pressured to remain closeted during the radio interview.

Diaz was the interim chief for nearly four years after replacing Carmen Best in 2020 after she stepped down.

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