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  • SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013

    Doug Clark: Ombudsman Lite still lacking in flavor

    It’s a big moment at City Hall on Monday night as members of the Spokane City Council plan to vote on Mayor David Condon’s proposed ordinance about independent police oversight. …

  • SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013

    Spokane police oversight, contract on council’s agenda

    Spokane City Council members will have a full plate of issues as they convene their last meeting of the year on Monday. Mayor David Condon’s proposal to give broader investigative …

  • FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

    Shawn Vestal: The police oversight we want, or just what we can get?

    Is it time for the good to defeat the perfect, when it comes to police oversight in Spokane? Perhaps. There is a case to be made that the package of …

  • THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

    Spokane mayor, chief rally behind ombudsman proposal

    Mayor David Condon and police Chief Frank Straub continued their pitch Wednesday for an independent oversight plan they say would make Spokane a regional model in law enforcement transparency. But …

  • TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

    Spokane City Council rejects police deal, citing inadequate officer oversight

    The Spokane City Council rejected a new labor contract with the police union that failed to give an ombudsman the power to conduct independent investigations into police wrongdoing. The 7-0 …

  • FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 2013, 11:10 A.M.

    Police Guild approves tentative contract

    The Spokane Police Guild has approved a tentative contract with the city that calls for 8 percent in salary increases over four years, plus retroactive pay dating to the expiration …

  • SATURDAY, OCT. 12, 2013

    Shawn Vestal: Spokane police oversight will only happen with pressure from you

    OK, just for the record. All seven members of the Spokane City Council have supported, in principle, the need for independent, investigatory oversight of the Police Department, and opposed any …

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2013

    Vestal: Time for patience with Police Guild has passed

    If Steve Salvatori is tilting at windmills, the whole city should join him in the tilt. Salvatori has lost patience with the quicksand of the city’s contract negotiations with the …

  • SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2012

    Bland recipe for oversight of police may be all we get

    Here’s where we stand, in terms of policing the police: One of the most hopeful signs about the latest proposal for true independent oversight is that it’s all bark and …

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

    SPD needs new tack to earn citizenry’s trust

    We’re in the “show me” phase of the city’s relationship with the police department. So it’s a problem that the interim chief seems to think we’re still in “trust us” …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

    Complaint going to mayor

    A disagreement between the interim Spokane police chief and the police ombudsman about the handling of a recent complaint is getting the mayor’s attention. Ombudsman Tim Burns is asking Mayor …

  • FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

    Body cameras considered for Spokane police officers

    Spokane’s elected leaders are ready to push for the use of body cameras on police officers to record their interactions with the public. The Spokane City Council on Feb. 6 …

  • FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

    Shawn Vestal: Police oversight one thing, accountability another

    Good news from the Spokane Police Guild: Despite appearances to the contrary, they’re not actually opposed to independent oversight of misconduct complaints. I know. I was shocked, too. Somehow, I’d …

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

    Council limits police reviews

    Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday lost the power to independently investigate misconduct allegations against the city’s law enforcement officers. The Spokane City Council voted 5-2 Monday to repeal police oversight …

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

    Council delays ombudsman vote

    The Spokane City Council isn’t giving up on stronger police oversight, at least not for two more weeks. The council voted 6-0 this week to delay a decision on whether …

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011, 1:48 P.M.

    Spokane City Council hires lawyer to look into ombudsman law

    The Spokane City Council isn’t giving up on stronger police oversight, at least not for two more weeks. The council voted 6-0 this week to delay action on the possible …

  • SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2011

    Editorial: Community demands ombudsman with clout

    Spokane City Council members are pondering several options in response to an arbitrator’s July ruling that revoked new powers for the police ombudsman because the Spokane Police Guild had not …

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

    Council debates oversight rules

    Spokane City Council members suggested they may need voters to save the stronger police oversight rules they approved last year, by working to place the concept on the ballot. Passions …

  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

    Shawn Vestal: Truth about Zehm sure took a while

    It took just five years, 20 weeks and a day. But finally we’re hearing the truth about Otto Zehm from Jim Nicks.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

    Ombudsman powers ruling challenged

    The city should not have let an arbitrator decide whether it had the right to give extra authority to its police ombudsman, three Spokane citizens groups say. The decision should …

  • THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

    Clark: Omdudsman is where Police Guild wants him

    An arbitrator decided this week to revoke the law that attempted to turn our Spokane police omdudsman into something more ominous than a pony in a petting zoo. Well, I …

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

    Police ombudsman rules downgraded

    An arbitrator this week revoked a law that strengthened Spokane’s police ombudsman powers because the city did not consult the Spokane Police Guild before it was approved last year. The …

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

    ACLU argues city denied rights

    The American Civil Liberties Union says the Spokane city attorney’s office violated the constitutional rights of a local attorney. In a letter to city officials last week, Michael Kipling, an …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010, 6:39 P.M.

    Council delays ombudsman decision

    The long debate over the power of Spokane’s new police ombudsman will last at least one more week. Early Tuesday morning, the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to delay a …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010, 6:30 A.M.

    City Council delays vote on ombudsman request

    Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan announced just after midnight today that there would not be a vote during the session about providing the ombudsman the power to conduct independent …

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010, 3:16 P.M.

    Spokane police ombudsman launches website

    Spokane’s Police Ombudsman has a new tool to make it easier for people to file complaints against officers.

  • SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2009

    Union releases deal’s terms

    City Hall’s largest union will give up half of its promised 2010 pay raise to prevent layoffs, if the Spokane City Council signs off on a new agreement. Officials last …

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 2009

    Spokane’s police ombudsman ready to listen, earn trust

    Spokane’s first police ombudsman, Tim Burns, started work late last month, nearly a year after the City Council created the position amid public outcry over police conduct. Burns, 55, moved …

  • MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009, 10:35 P.M.

    Spokane hires first police ombudsman

    After years of debate, Spokane on Monday hired its first independent police ombudsman.

  • SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009

    Protest outdraws ombudsman forum

    The warmest day of the year appeared to be enough to keep crowds from a Friday meet and greet with the three finalists vying to be Spokane’s first police ombudsman. …



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