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  • Meidl steps down as assistant chief

    Spokane’s assistant police chief has stepped down from his position.


  • Chief: Department didn’t sell Stephens submachine gun

    The Spokane Police Department is denying that it sold a submachine gun to former Assistant Chief Scott Stephens, despite its own internal affairs investigation saying Stephens’ possession of the SWAT-style …


  • Police officers feared Scott Stephens’ intent

    When fellow police officers heard Assistant Chief Scott Stephens say he wanted to “go home and get a rifle” after hearing of his impending demotion last December, they feared it …


  • City settles with Stephens

    Spokane taxpayers would pay Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens $190,000 under a settlement announced Friday in which he would leave the department after he was singled out for demotion and …


  • Former police chief will get $190,000 to resign

    The city of Spokane will pay former interim Police Chief Scott Stephens $190,000 to leave the department under a deal reached this week.


  • Vestal: Stephens’ demotion puts police at crossroads again

    Will the Scott Stephens debacle take us to a new ring of hell with regard to the city and the cops? Will it carry us from the age of the …


  • Lawyer: City wrongly feared Assistant Chief Stephens posed workplace threat

    The decision to place Assistant Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens on paid administrative leave more than two months ago was based on erroneous assertions that he’d become so upset over …


  • Independent investigator hired in Stephens inquiry

    Ten weeks after placing assistant Spokane police Chief Scott Stephens on paid leave, city leaders say they will start an investigation into the “circumstances” that led to his removal from …


  • City to investigate circumstances of Scott Stephens’ administrative leave

    The city of Spokane has hired a retired federal judge to investigate why Spokane’s former interim police chief was placed on paid administrative leave. Lt. Scott Stephens was put on …


  • Ex-police chief Stephens still on paid leave

    More than a month after the city’s new police chief placed the man he replaced on paid administrative leave, the public still has not been given an explanation for the …


  • Doug Clark: Trust zapped by Operation Lips-Zipped

    For the record, I have no interest in the list of individuals whose credit card charges were on file at any of the eight supposed houses of happy endings that …


  • Former interim Spokane police chief placed on leave

    News of a Spokane Police Department shake-up surprised Spokane city leaders. Officials have yet to release much information about what led police Chief Frank Straub to place the former interim …


  • City leaders surprised by Spokane Police Department shake up

    News of a Spokane Police Department shake-up surprised Spokane city leaders.


  • Former interim police chief on administrative leave

    Spokane’s former interim police Chief Scott Stephens is on indefinite administrative leave.


  • Police face reorganization

    The Spokane Police Department, hoping to restore public confidence, will embark on a major reorganization next month designed to make existing resources more efficient at achieving the ultimate goal of …


  • Officer took gun safety class before daughter shot herself

    Two weeks before Spokane police Officer Barry O’Connell’s daughter accidently shot herself Easter Sunday with her father’s department-issued pistol, O’Connell had completed a gun safety refresher course stressing the importance …


  • Officers cleared in every case of excessive force since 2007

    Internal affairs investigators for the Spokane Police Department have sided with officers accused of brutality and excessive force in every single complaint filed by citizens over the past five years, …


  • Officer to serve three-week suspension

    The Spokane police officer whose daughter accidentally shot herself in the leg with his service weapon this spring will serve a three-week unpaid suspension following an internal investigation. Officer Barry …


  • Officer suspended for daughter’s shooting

    The Spokane police officer whose daughter accidentally shot herself in the leg with his service weapon this spring will be suspended for three weeks wihout pay following an internal investigation.


  • Condon picks four finalists for police chief

    Spokane Mayor David Condon has selected four finalists he’s considering to be the city’s next police chief.


  • Chief OKs conduct probe

    A disagreement between the interim Spokane police chief and the ombudsman about how a police misconduct allegation should be investigated has been resolved after witnesses came forward with new information. …


  • Police testing body cameras

    If city leaders want body cameras to become a standard part of the Spokane Police Department uniform, they’ll have to first work through what the city’s top cop says could …


  • 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” …


  • Mayor eyes ‘metro’ model

    Spokane Mayor David Condon said Friday that the Lilac City’s next police chief will not come from the ranks of the Spokane Police Department and indicated that he favors consolidating …


  • Mayor seeks outside candidate for next police chief

    Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today that Interim Police Chief Scott Stephens is no longer being considered a candidate for chief and that he will not accept applications from within …


  • Otto Zehm case: Police chief says ‘mistakes made’

    For the first time, a high-ranking Spokane police official has publicly acknowledged that the department made troubling mistakes while investigating the 2006 confrontation that killed Otto Zehm. Interim Chief Scott …


  • Police chief acknowleges mistakes in Zehm investigation

    For the first time, a high-ranking Spokane police official has publicly acknowledged that the department made troubling mistakes while investigating the 2006 confrontation that killed Otto Zehm. In his most …


  • Police pinpoint crime calls

    A day after Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich declared war on property crimes, the Spokane Police Department sent out a news release highlighting a previously announced initiative designed to combat …


  • Property crimes frustrate sheriff

    Flanked by a woman whose three daughters hid in the basement last week as a burglar ransacked their home, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced he’s fed up with prolific …


  • Police ‘expectations’ accentuate positive

    The five guidelines that defined the administration of former Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick are history. Interim police Chief Scott Stephens told the city’s Use of Force Commission Thursday that …

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