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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Burns stepping down as Spokane police ombudsman

    After five and a half years on the job, Spokane’s first police ombudsman announced Friday he’ll retire in early 2015. Tim Burns announced his resignation after informal talks earlier in …


  • 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.


  • 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. …


  • Shawn Vestal: New police ombudsman commission gets to work

    Spokane’s new citizens commission charged with overseeing police complaints opened its first meeting with many of the dreadfully dull but important questions that government work is made of: scheduling meetings, …


  • Knezovich, police ombudsman Tim Burns discussing county role

    Depending on whom you ask, the timing of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s request for the Spokane police ombudsman to assume a similar role for the county may be perfect, or politically …


  • 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 …


  • Shawn Vestal: Ombudsman rule imperfect but promising

    Spokane’s new path on police oversight has been greeted by some reform proponents as a horror, a travesty, a failure. Even supporters have been lukewarm about it: Best we can …


  • 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 …


  • Spokane police force hires fraud investigator

    A fraud investigator from the federal public defender’s office has joined the Spokane Police Department to focus on improving the city’s seizures of drug assets, implementing new laws legalizing marijuana …


  • City settles lawsuit with man injured by police in 2008

    The city of Spokane has agreed to pay $49,500 to a guest of the Davenport Hotel who suffered shoulder injuries when he was tackled by police in 2008. Charles J. …


  • Spokane police ombudsman asking for inquests

    Cases where people die at the hands of police officers should be examined in a public forum, Spokane Police Ombudsman Tim Burns says in his annual report. Burns made the …


  • Ombudsman power in the mail for vote

    The Spokane City Council has tried several times over the past two decades to craft a police oversight system with teeth. Now it’s the citizens’ turn.


  • 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 …


  • More police officer oversight sought

    Advocates of greater police accountability are again pushing to give Spokane’s police ombudsman independent investigative authority. The Center for Justice presented a proposed ordinance during a news conference Thursday, noting …


  • Spokane’s first police ombudsman’s term extended

    Spokane’s first police ombudsman will keep his job for another year. Mayor David Condon decided in August against renewing Ombudsman Tim Burns’ three-year contract. The move angered some City Council …


  • Burns to stay longer as Police Ombudsman

    The city announced today that Spokane Mayor David Condon will extend the contract of Police Ombudsman Tim Burns until the end of the year. He previously was set to leave …


  • Doug Clark: Discrepancies abound in ombudsman criteria

    The bombshell caught Spokane by surprise. Mayor David Condon says he WON’T renew Tim Burns’ contract as the city’s so-called police ombudsman. The mayor is not without a heart, however.


  • Council may fight ombudsman move

    The Spokane City Council appears ready to challenge Mayor David Condon’s decision to dismiss the city’s first police ombudsman. Tim Burns, who helped pioneer Spokane’s still-fledgling police oversight program, was …


  • Police ombudsman to depart in October

    Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent replacement for several months. Mayor David Condon has decided not to …


  • Burns out as Spokane’s police ombudsman

    Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent ombudsman for several months.


  • 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. …


  • 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” …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Panel won’t overturn decision on police ombudsman’s powers

    Efforts to expand the Spokane police ombudsman’s authority to conduct independent investigations into alleged officer misconduct have suffered another blow. The state Public Employment Relations Commission has not only rejected …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Officer’s text message ruled a factor in pedestrian fatality

    A Spokane police officer who hit and killed an intoxicated pedestrian in his patrol car in January was typing a message into his onboard computer just before the crash. Officer …

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