Stories tagged: law enforcement
FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016
Adopt new deadly force standard for police in Washington
Proving bad faith and malice is an exercise in mind-reading. Absent a confession, it’s futile.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016, 6 P.M.
Spokane woman starts petition to make killing police a hate crime
Enough is enough. It’s got to stop. That’s what Jeanette Gerber-Rockstrom thought when she woke up and learned another law enforcement officer had lost his life in the line of …
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016, 6:32 P.M.
Spokane police oversight still a concern in new round of law enforcement bargaining
Contracts with the unions representing police officers and supervisors are up for renewal at the end of the year. At the same time, the City Council is set to consider …
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 6:30 P.M.
Clown hysteria makes its way to the Inland Northwest
At about 7 p.m. Sunday, 14-year-old Brooklyn Bergquist claims she was chased by a young man wearing a light-up clown mask while she was walking home near 44th and Bowdish …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016, 8:28 P.M.
Panel on race and policing at WSU: ‘There is a cost to change’
Two academics, a former jailer from Spokane and a current police captain from Tacoma led a spirited talk in Pullman on Tuesday about the perceptions of how the public wants …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016, 7 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Police need legal leeway, but not as much as they’re given in Washington
Washington has the nation’s most lenient threshold for the use-of-force by police officers, making it virtually impossible to file a criminal charge against a cop for using deadly force. Now, …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016
A Charlotte we didn’t, but should, recognize
Charlotte is a city that perpetually tries to be better, not only in constructing uptown buildings but in working on foundational issues like diversity and equality. There’s a lot of …
TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016, 9:29 P.M.
Service, silence marks anniversary of Michael Brown’s death
Michael Brown’s death “opened the eyes of the world” to concerns about law enforcement’s treatment of black people, Brown’s father said Tuesday during a memorial service marking the two-year anniversary …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 2:11 P.M.
Waste Management trains garbage truck drivers to keep watch along routes
On Tuesday, about 60 drivers from Waste Management sat through an hour of training for a program called Waste Watch, which encourages drivers to become like a block watch on …
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016, 5 P.M.
Volunteer equine mounted patrol works to prevent crime
Spokane Sheriff’s Department volunteer mounted patrol unit takes its horses to the mall
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 8:16 P.M.
Seattle police union board votes to remove outgoing president now
The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild board of directors has voted to remove outgoing president Ron Smith before his resignation takes effect at the end of the month. Smith announced his …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 4:45 P.M.
White House briefing leaves Coeur d’Alene police chief assured of efforts
Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White went to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on community-oriented policing, and left confident his department already is doing a lot of …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, 3:32 P.M.
Spokane Valley appoints Capt. Mark Werner new police chief
Spokane Valley City officials announced Tuesday that Capt. Mark Werner will be the city’s next police chief.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016, 1:26 P.M.
Mark Werner named new Spokane Valley police chief
Spokane Valley appoints Capt. Mark Werner as new police chief.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 4:36 P.M.
Valley council discusses police service contract
If it will cost tax payers $75,000 to provide identical uniforms that read Spokane Valley Police Department, and “Police” not “Sheriff” across the back, is it worth it? What about …
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 1:27 P.M.
Washington sheriffs, police chiefs meeting in Kennewick this week
About 450 people are expected to gather this week in Kennewick for the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 3:36 P.M.
Report: Paid staff needed for civilian oversight of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Reforms needed to increase public trust and transparency in the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will require a paid staff member, according to a 13-page report.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 2:08 P.M.
Obama grants Medal of Valor to officers who put lives on line
President Barack Obama called on the nation Monday to support and listen to its law enforcement officers as he bestowed the Medal of Valor on 13 officers who risked their …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 4:21 P.M.
Spokane Valley City Council weighs citizen oversight system for law enforcement
Contract law limits Spokane Valley’s ability to provide law enforcement oversight
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016, 7 P.M.
Sheriff’s Office oversight criticized, critiqued at community forum
Community forum attendees continued their call this week for a more independent body to oversee the workings of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of several high-profile use …
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016, 7:17 P.M.
Sheriff, former Seattle civilian oversight director to hold policing forum Tuesday night
Kathryn Olson, who headed civilian oversight of the Seattle Police Department from 2007 to 2012, will hold a community forum on policing Tuesday night with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and other …
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016, 9:27 A.M.
Oregon standoff shed light on ‘constitutional’ sheriffs movement
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is a group that bills itself as “the last line of defense” against a federal government they contend overreaches on gun control and …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 8 P.M.
SPD warns of ‘possible lethal batch of drugs’ following overdoses
Three people died of apparent drug overdoses in less than three hours Wednesday morning, leading law enforcement in Spokane to warn of “a possible lethal batch of drugs.”
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 1:35 P.M.
Spokane County forms new task force directed at combating hate crimes
A new, 23-member task force made up of Spokane County religious, community and government leaders will seek to help victims of hate crimes and fight discrimination across the county.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016
Spokane County seeks volunteers for Civil Service Commission
The board responsible for reviewing applications and job performance of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees needs to fill two vacancies by the end of July.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 5:33 P.M.
Washington bill would make prosecuting police shootings easier
A bill that would make it easier to charge police officers with crimes for improper use of deadly force received its first public hearing Wednesday, drawing testimony from many who …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015
Police use-of-force cases shielded by strict Washington law
Killings by police in the line of duty have surged in Washington over the past decade, according to a Seattle Times analysis. During that period, only one police officer has …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015
Spokane County considers partnerships, sites for sheriff’s deputy training facility
Spokane County is casting a wide net for partners to help construct a permanent home to train sheriff’s deputies, including a potential deal with the Kalispel Tribe. Commissioner Todd Mielke …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Law enforcement accountability a worthy aim
The latest report posted online by the citizens board charged with reviewing the performance of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office consists of three paragraphs. It involves the case of Will …
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015, 12:20 P.M.
Spokane Valley man laments choice of getaway car
Michael W. Rosslow, 27, told Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies “that’s the last time I’m running from the police in a Honda Civic” after his arrest late Sunday at a Liberty …