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SPD, don’t fight oversight

I have nothing but respect for our Spokane Police Department, but I can’t understand why they continue to fight third-party oversight when complaints against department actions are lodged by individuals. This committee would have some of their own SPD represented and if they are convinced they have done no wrong they will be exonerated.

I only hope this conundrum will be solved soon, as Spokane is growing weary of this senseless debate. Surely other cities have a successful oversight program, but evidently they are able to work with their police guilds in a more timely fashion.

Come on SPD Guild, work together with Spokane citizens and continue to have the great reputation that you have built, even though crime is rising and you are shorthanded.

James A. Nelson

Spokane


 

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