Sirens & Gavels

SPD ombudsman wants investigatory power

The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to consider allowing police Ombudsman Tim Burns to gather information on his own, separately from the Police Department’s Internal Affairs division, when Burns disagrees with the police chief’s decision that no further investigation into alleged misconduct is needed.

Last week, Burns said he now believes that the ability to gather his own information and conduct interviews would help give his office needed credibility.

Read Jonathan Brunt's story here.




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