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Commission: Exhibitionist Deputy Can’t Be Fired

His family and attorney flank Spokane Deputy Joseph Mastel, top center, Monday, to hear his fate from a Civil Service Commission regarding his lewd behavior while on duty/Brian Plonka, Spokesman-Review.

Issue: Deputy’s firing overruled: Spokane detective who exposed self to woman wins appeal, unpaid leave/Jonathan Brunt, Spokesman-Review

More Info: A sheriff’s detective can’t be fired solely for exposing himself at a coffee stand, Spokane County’s Civil Service Commission ruled Monday. Instead, Detective Joseph Mastel will be on unpaid leave until he’s forced to retire in July – a decision that will allow him to look for other law enforcement work in Washington. The ruling reversed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s June 22 decision to terminate Mastel after he exposed himself to a barista in Airway Heights earlier that month.

Question: Would you want this exhibitionist to continue to work in law enforcement?

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