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Tue., Feb. 10, 2009, 3:13 p.m.

Union Helps Another Bad Apple Cop

Now, the Spokane Police Department is back in the headlines. An officer gets reinstated with back pay after arbitration ruled firing was too stiff a penalty. For what? For driving his city assigned car after having been drinking and using his city issued cell phone to snap pictures of a bare breasted woman then having sex with her in her car. According to arbitration, the penalty was too stiff. He deserved punishment but not dismissal. Here's Dogwalk's take. There was no policy regarding cell phone pictures. Come on! It was city property. A Mayor was ousted for cruising gay web sites on a city computer! He was nowhere near legally intoxicated. Just when was he tested? He's a police officer for crying out loud!/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Could police officers and sheriff's deputies get away with as much as their counterparts do in Spokane County?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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