"I'm fully aware that command really doesn't care what I have to say, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to say the things which I know my fellow officers still at the Bureau would say if they could," former police officer Stephanie Hudson told The Post Millennial.
The retire/rehire letter featured surprising reasons that disqualify officers from the program, including those that teamed with federal agencies in Portland during the siege of the federal courthouse in July 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
The verbiage in the letter states that Portland police officers helped federal agents "attack" Portland residents, an allegation that officers find insulting because they were physically assaulted by Antifa militants and Black Lives Matter rioters for months.
"Dozens of officers were injured, and some were even set on fire... I had assumed the Bureau would know better than to send such an insulting letter to me," Hudson said.
Hudson explains that the Portland Police Bureau's lack of leadership was attributed to officers leaving the Department in droves and called out the Mayor, City Council, and the District Attorney for refusing to take action against Antifa extremists that led to the "death of Portland."
Dear PPB Chiefs,
"I can only assume that the letter regarding the retire/rehire program was sent to me in error. An officer of 26 plus years does not resign months before they are eligible to retire to go to another police agency where they take a pay cut and lose seniority unless it is pretty awful where they were at.
"Your letter states, 'You left at a time of great despair for the Bureau and the City of Portland, 2020 became a perfect storm that thrust our Bureau and the City into a very dark period.' This sounds as if you feel that those who left, abandoned the city in her time of need, but in reality, it is the officers who were abandoned. The darkness, destruction and death to Portland was a result of your failed policies and the lack of leadership. The 'perfect storm' of which you speak was the demonization of police by the Mayor's office and City Council members, and the failure of PPB leadership to stand up to them in support of their own officers."
The Portland Police Bureau has been the model agency across the country for the Democrat's popular "Defund the Police" movement. As for Hudson, she decided to part ways with the department after being unfairly punished for using the precinct's gym to alleviate stress during the city's unprecedented 2020 riots that were perpetrated by Antifa militants.