Stories tagged: police ombudsman
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 8:42 p.m.
Logue wins job as permanent police ombudsman
Bart Logue, a former diplomat and Marine Corps provost marshal, the equivalent of a police chief, will work under a three-year contract as permanent ombudsman.
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 10:35 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: There’s hope for more independent oversight of Spokane police
The bad news regarding police reform in Spokane is that three years after voters demanded “independent investigations” of police misconduct, we’re still debating the meaning of “independent,” as if it …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 9:07 p.m.
Both Spokane police ombudsman finalists praised after public forum
The independence of Spokane’s police ombudsman dominated discussion at a Tuesday forum where community members questioned finalists for the job. Bart Logue, who’s been serving as the city’s interim ombudsman …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 5:22 p.m.
Body camera footage access extended to members of Police Ombudsman Office
The Spokane Police Guild and Interim Police Ombudsman Bart Logue have come to an agreement expanding access to officers’ body camera footage. Logue’s assistant will have access to digitally stored …
Tue., April 26, 2016, 8:39 p.m.
Interim ombudsman asks community for police oversight goals
Police ombudsman Bart Logue wants Spokane residents to give him a goal. Speaking to about 15 people at a Tuesday night forum, Logue said he wanted to hear ideas about …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 5:18 p.m.
Spokane police ombudsman search to start over after Canadian candidate’s visa denied
Spokane must start over on finding a new police ombudsman. Raheel Humayun, the Canadian citizen who was offered the job of Spokane Ombudsman in November, was denied a visa, according …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 5:01 p.m.
Breean Beggs offers new police ombudsman plan to minimize union influence
Spokane’s police ombudsman could be in a much stronger position to conduct independent investigations by the end of the year if City Councilman Breean Beggs has his way. Beggs says …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 1:35 p.m.
Condon, Stuckart urge commission to give interim ombudsman the permanent job
After fifteen months of uncertainty and turmoil in the police ombudsman office, Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart think it’s time to move on. In a letter to …
Mon., March 21, 2016, 9:32 p.m.
Visa request of man picked to be Spokane police ombudsman denied, but commission hasn’t given up
It looks like it was prudent for the Spokane police ombudsman commission to
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 5, 2015, 10:07 p.m.
Breeden turns down interim ombudsman job
Robert Breeden, the ombudsman commission’s top pick for the city’s police oversight position, has turned down an offer to do the job for four months while the city continues vetting …
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015
Negotiations begin with Spokane police ombudsman finalist
Robert Breeden, the former Florida cop offered Spokane’s top police oversight job, said Thursday he’s looking forward to discussing the details of the offer with the city.
Wed., Sept. 30, 2015
Commission offers Florida candidate Spokane police ombudsman job, but only for four months
Spokane’s police ombudsman commission on Wednesday offered a candidate from Florida the job of ombudsman but only on a temporary basis.
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Police shouldn’t get say in their own oversight
When the committee charged with picking the top candidates to be Spokane’s next ombudsman made a decision, they formalized it through a standard bit of Robert’s Rules of Order. A …
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015
Speakers favor Florida candidate for Spokane police ombudsman
Spokane residents at a public forum Tuesday expressed strong support for hiring Robert Breeden as Spokane’s new police ombudsman, but some speakers said they’d prefer the city continue the search …
Tue., Sept. 1, 2015, 8:15 p.m.
Speakers favor Florida candidate for Spokane police ombudsman
Spokane residents expressed strong support for hiring Robert Breeden as Spokane’s new police ombudsman at a public forum Tuesday, but some speakers said they’d prefer the city continue the search …
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, 3:34 p.m.
Concerns over Spokane Police ombudsman candidate’s online comments raised at forum
A community forum for police ombudsman finalists Thursday turned tense as community members questioned comments candidate Allen Huggins made online about riots in Baltimore and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tue., Aug. 25, 2015
Long wait to hire Spokane police ombudsman nears end
Three finalists for Spokane’s police ombudsman will be in town this week for community interviews, signaling an end in sight for a hiring process many say has left the position …
Sat., July 18, 2015
Spokane police ombudsman finalists named
The field of applicants wanting to be Spokane’s next police ombudsman has been narrowed to three finalists and includes a retired law enforcement whistleblower from Florida, a former Southern California …
UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2015, 7:55 p.m.
Dolezal ousted from ombudsman commission
Rachel Dolezal, the embattled former leader of Spokane’s NAACP branch, was removed this afternoon from the city’s police ombudsman commission.
Thu., June 18, 2015
Three members of police oversight panel, including Rachel Dolezal, asked to resign
Spokane’s independent police oversight panel is in turmoil. Three of its five members, including former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, likely will be removed by the City Council if they …
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015, 9:17 p.m.
Breean Beggs picked to represent ombudsman commission
A local attorney who has pushed city leaders for stronger police oversight has been selected to represent Spokane’s new ombudsman commission. Breean Beggs was selected over a former mayor and …
Mon., Jan. 5, 2015
Outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns wants Spokane to focus on the progress
In his last days in office, outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns said ongoing mistrust of Spokane police is rooted in past events, and that it’s time for the community to …
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014, 7:46 p.m.
Commission accepts ombudsman’s resignation
After formally accepting the resignation of police ombudsman Tim Burns on Wednesday, members of the Police Ombudsman Commission appointed one of their own to serve on the selection committee to …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014, 1:09 p.m.
Spokane police ombudsman announces retirement
After five and a half years on the job, Spokane’s first police ombudsman announced Friday he’ll be retiring in early 2015.
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Spokane police reform to get federal report card
The feds are getting ready to give the Spokane Police Department a report card of sorts – a wide-ranging set of recommendations arising from a two-year review of department practices. …
Sat., Aug. 2, 2014
Positions filled on new police oversight board
A five-member advisory board to give further oversight of the Spokane Police Department will include the former director of a human rights organization and a retired military official who most …
Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
Spokane officer retired following false police report
A Spokane police officer with a troubled work history was forced into retirement this month after he filed a false police report. Officer Barry O’Connell, who has been suspended three …
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
City Council approves new Spokane police contract, oversight law
Three more months of public debate, news conferences and negotiations have led to the Spokane City Council’s approval of a new police oversight law and union contract. After unanimously rejecting …
Fri., Jan. 31, 2014
Condon gives annual speech at North Central High
Spokane mayors usually give their annual State of the City addresses at a high-priced breakfast to people in business suits. On Thursday, Mayor David Condon broke tradition by giving his …
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Spokane Police Guild contract proposal being modified
Spokane Mayor David Condon is heeding the advice of Spokane City Council members who have pushed him to reopen contract negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild. The mayor and guild …