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Sirens & Gavels use of force archive

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014


Use of force panel holds 1st meeting 

The interim Spokane police chief and a Gonzaga University Law School professor were among the presenters Wednesday at the first meeting of Spokane's commission on police use of force. Jason Gillmer, civil liberties expert, described the need for officers to be held to an "objective...

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

A look at Spokane police use of force 

To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm was indefensible, the department’s own instructors and the city’s legal advisers have...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Ex-justice to serve on Zehm committee

Gerry Alexander, who retired last year as the chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, will serve on the city's Use of Force Commission. The commission was created last year by former Mayor Mary Verner to review the city's handling of the police confrontation...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

Police use-of-force case leaves questions 

A Spokane man's arrest last July on suspicion of reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license has led to a disagreement between the Spokane Police Department and police Ombudsman Tim Burns, who has refused to certify the department’s internal investigation into a...

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Daniel Brian Strange, shown Monday,  is suing Spokane County after being stopped by a sheriff's deputy who used a Taser stun gun on him. 
 (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Trial begins over deputy’s use of Taser

A Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday as a civil trial began by a man who claimed that he was unnecessarily shocked by a Taser during a traffic stop. Daniel B. Strange,...

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