Stories tagged: Spokane Police Guild
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 …
THURSDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016, 4:20 P.M.
Spokane Police Guild gives chief nominee Craig Meidl their blessing
The Spokane Police Guild this week voiced its support for Craig Meidl as the chief of police. Their endorsement follows a similar show of support from the Lieutenants and Captains …
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016, 6:04 P.M.
Police ombudsman, union set to negotiate access to body camera footage
Bart Logue, Spokane’s interim police ombudsman, wants his assistant to be able to access body camera footage captured by officers in the field. But the union representing officers argue the …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 1:07 P.M.
Mistrial declared in ex-police union president John Gately’s obstruction trial
A mistrial was declared Tuesday afternoon in the week-long trial of former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately Gately was accused of obstructing an investigation into a fellow officer accused …
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016
Trial begins for former Spokane Police Guild president
The trial of former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately on a misdemeanor charge related to phone calls he made to a fellow officer accused of rape is scheduled to …
TUESDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016, 3:54 P.M.
Judge tosses charges against police union president accused of tipping off fellow officer suspected of rape
A judge threw out two criminal charges that the president of the Spokane Police Guild tipped off a fellow officer suspected of sexually assaulting another officer during a booze-fueled party …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015, 10:06 P.M.
Former Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigns for dishonesty, still accredited in state
Jeremy Jeske, 44, remains an accredited law enforcement agent in Washington state despite resigning after being confronted with lies in an investigation involving fraudulent vehicle inspections.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2015
No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim
City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. …
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
Spokane police Chief Frank Straub gets candid about cameras
Law enforcement in Spokane County is about to enter a new era in which almost all interactions between officers and citizens will be recorded. It’s an era sparked in Spokane …
SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2014
Spokane Police Guild members overwhelmingly approve contract
Members of the Spokane Police Guild voted overwhelmingly Friday to accept a five-year labor contract that includes new provisions for investigations by the police ombudsman. The contract, already approved by …
FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2014, 9:43 P.M.
Spokane Police Guild votes to approve new contract
Members of the Spokane Police Guild voted overwhelmingly Friday to accept a five-year labor contract that includes new provisions for investigations by the police ombudsman.
TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014, 12:06 P.M.
City Council praises new 5-year police labor deal
City leaders appear ready to back a new labor contract for the Spokane’s police union.
FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Police hiring is cause for sigh of relief
We need more cops. The heartening news is that we’re actually getting them.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4, 2014
Stuckart says police contract proposal needs work
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart says it’s time city leaders renegotiate the proposed labor deal it struck months ago with the Spokane Police Guild. The four-year contract with the …
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 …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Strong Spokane council blasts mayor’s weak arguments for police deal
Welcome to the strong council system of government. The Spokane City Council acted quickly and without equivocation Monday in rejecting the mayor’s failed effort at negotiating an acceptable contract with …
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 …
SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013
Spokane Police Guild approves contract with city
A tentative labor contract for the Spokane police union appears dead on arrival in City Council chambers because it fails to embrace the recent voter-approved mandate about investigating officer wrongdoing. …
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 …
SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2013
Spokane police, mayor reach contract with ombudsman deal
The Spokane mayor’s office and Police Guild last week reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract that changes the way the police ombudsman provides oversight of officer misconduct, …
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 …