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  • Spokane councilman Mike Fagan tries to halt police pact

    Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan unsuccessfully attempted to derail an employment contract agreement between the city and the police leadership union Monday night, saying “citizens still hold a grudge” against …


  • Civil suit dismissed against former officer in shooting

    Former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who was exonerated two years ago of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of a fleeing, unarmed man, now will avoid any civil responsibility …


  • Civil suit against former SPD officer dismissed

    Former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen won’t face any civil penalties for shooting a fleeing, unarmed man in the head in 2007. U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea …


  • Defense lawyers claim overkill on Hoopfest charges

    Defense attorneys told a judge today that prosecutors don’t have a legal basis for a long list of attempted murder charges levied against three of four men in connection with …


  • Doug Clark: Off-duty ruling’s a real cop-out

    They don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing. Oh, yeah. And the basketball scene is pretty nuts, too.


  • Olsen won’t face more charges

    Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said Wednesday that she decided against asking prosecutors to consider misdemeanor charges against former Officer Jay Olsen for trying to talk to a judge about …


  • No impersonation charges expected against Olsen

    Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said Wednesday that she decided against asking prosecutors to consider misdemeanor charges against former Officer Jay Olsen for trying to talk to a judge about …


  • Report clears dispatcher in Pete shooting

    An internal investigation has cleared a Spokane police dispatcher of wrongdoing after questions arose over the truthfulness of his testimony in the acquittal of an off-duty officer who shot a …


  • Olsen incidents could have led to criminal charges

    The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to …


  • Officer Olsen quits on brink of firing

    Suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen, acquitted by a jury last month for shooting a man in the head during a drunken off-duty chase through Peaceful Valley two years ago, …


  • Jay Olsen resigns from Spokane Police Department

    Suspended Spokane Police Officer Jay Olsen, acquitted by a jury last month for shooting a man in the head during a drunken off-duty chase through Peaceful Valley, resigned Monday. The …


  • Native Americans air concerns over verdict

    Native Americans confronted city officials on Tuesday evening with their frustration over the acquittal of an off-duty Spokane police officer who shot a young American Indian man. Mayor Mary Verner …


  • In Olsen case, responsibility lies with prosecutor

    Sure, the jury blew the Jay Olsen verdict. Like all of you, I’m enraged that a boozed-up, off-duty cop shot Shonto Pete in the head and got away with it.


  • Caller disputes 911 testimony

    Two people who helped a bleeding Shonto Pete after shots rang out in Peaceful Valley and called 911 at Pete’s request are challenging a police dispatcher’s testimony last week in …


  • Doug Clark: Protect your head for when cops lose theirs

    The responses I’m receiving about last Friday’s acquittal of Jay Olsen – the boozed-up off-duty cop who shot Shonto Pete in the head after a wild chase two years ago …


  • Police launch Olsen inquiry

    The Spokane Police Department has launched its internal investigation of suspended officer Jay Olsen amid public outrage over Friday’s jury verdict that acquitted Olsen of shooting a man in the …


  • Police begin probe into Shonto Pete shooting

    The Spokane Police Department has launched its internal investigation of suspended officer Jay Olsen amid widespread public outrage over Friday’s jury verdict that acquitted Olsen of shooting a man in …


  • Doug Clark: Just blame our biggest drawback

    Hear ye. Hear ye. The Column is now in session, and we have three items on today’s docket. •Item 1 – So suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted …


  • Olsen cleared in shooting

    Suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment Friday for shooting Shonto Pete in the head and firing four other bullets in Peaceful Valley …


  • Suspended officer found not guilty in shooting

    Suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment for shooting Shonto Pete in the head and firing four other bullets in Peaceful Valley on …


  • Officer Olsen’s fate rests with jurors

    The fate of suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen, charged with shooting Shonto Pete in the head and sending a volley of bullets into Peaceful Valley two years ago, is …


  • Doug Clark: Case is clear as a muddy Peaceful Valley slope

    Let’s get a few things straight. I don’t care that Jay Olsen is gay. Nor do I give a hoot that Olsen enjoyed spending some of his off-duty cop hours …


  • ‘I knew this could be my whole career,’ Olsen testifies

    After he shot Shonto Pete in the head on a February night in Peaceful Valley, suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen said, he felt his life imploding. He didn’t call …


  • Shooting justified, expert says

    The defense of suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen relies on an erased 911 tape, an expert who said Olsen was justified in shooting Shonto Pete in the head, and …


  • Olsen defense cites sexuality, erased 911 call

    The defense of suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen relies on an erased 911 tape, an expert who said Olsen was justified in shooting Shonto Pete in the head and …


  • Olsen hit with damages suit

    In the midst of his assault trial, suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen has been hit with a federal lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages for shooting Shonto Pete in the …


  • Olsen hit with lawsuit in midst of trial

    In the midst of his first-degree assault trial, suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen has been hit with a new federal lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages for shooting Shonto Pete …


  • Competing versions of police shooting emerge

    Sudden threat – or deadly pursuit? Two competing versions of the February 2007 incident that ended with Shonto Pete shot in the head and assault charges against suspended police officer …


  • Witness saw ‘look of terror’

    The young man pounding on his door at 3:30 a.m., blood streaming from a head wound, appeared “absolutely petrified,” a former Peaceful Valley resident told a Spokane jury Tuesday. Michael …


  • Resident says Pete had a ‘sheer look of terror’

    The young man pounding on his door at 3:30 a.m. with blood streaming from a head wound was “absolutely petrified,” a former Peaceful Valley resident told a Spokane jury Tuesday.


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