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Arbitrator calls deputy‚Äôs force excessive

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A Spokane County Jail officer was properly fired last year for discourteous behavior and excessive force against an inmate, according to an arbitrator’s ruling. 

Any force used by Deputy Wayne S. Green, 42, (pictured) would have been excessive because there was no reason for it, arbitrator Luella Nelson ruled Thursday.

Green had requested the arbitration after a grievance filed by his union was denied, according to previous news accounts.

Nelson said a grainy, soundless surveillance video and the testimony of other officers indicated that Green turned on bar-fight suspect Daniel W. Clinger after an angry confrontation with Deputy Shawn Smith.

Read John Craig’s full story here

Past coverage:

June 5: Fired deputy faces charge

Ex-jail deputy charged with assaulting inmate

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A former Spokane County Jail deputy fighting his dismissal over use of force has been charged with misdemeanor assault in the same incident.

Wayne S. Green (right) is accused of grabbing inmate Daniel Clinger, son of a now former Spokane Fire Department captain Ron Clinger (left), by the throat and pushing him in a Nov. 4, 2008, dispute that jail officials said Green provoked because of perceived disrespect.  Green was fired last summer; an arbitrator is reviewing his dismissal.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

May 26: Jail deputy fights firing over use of force

Jail deputy fights firing over use of force

An arbitrator is reviewing the case of a Spokane County corrections deputy fired after sheriff’s officials determined the used excessive force on an inmate.

Wayne Green (right) was fired last summer after an investigation into claims that he beat an inmate inside the Spokane County Jail booking area.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Green “made a very rude comment” and provoked the situation.

“I deemed it was unnecessary force,” Knezovich said Tuesday.

Another deputy filed a report about the incident, which led to the investigation.

Green filed a grievance that was denied, then asked for an arbitrator to review his dismissal. That investigation is ongoing.

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