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Another do-nothing commission?

Good afternoon, Netizens...

To their good credit, the City Fathers, both past and present, have united in their efforts, and created a police use of force commission will soon be able to convene and examine how the Spokane Police Department uses force. The members of this commission are:


Earl Martin former Gonzaga Law School Dean, Executive VP, Gonzaga

Bill Hyslop Attorney and former US Attorney

Ivan Bush Spokane Public Schools’ equal opportunity officer

Susan Hammond director of outpatient and psychiatric services for Spokane Mental Health

Gerry Alexander retired Chief Justice, Washington State Supreme Court


You might think that with a roster of heavyweights such as these fine people that the Spokane Police Department will agree with whatever changes the commission feels need to be made.


Oh, I forgot the airtight grasp the Spokane Police Guild has on Spokane. The last time anyone tried to improve the SPD, such as creating the office of the Ombudsman, the Guild put the kibosh on that faster than you can get George McGrath to contribute to the Joe Shogun thank you card for all his years of service.


I wouldn't sign it either. I may be old and befuddled but I haven't started pushing mountain flowers yet.



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