Stories tagged: use of force
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 9:45 P.M.
Spokane patrol officer benched following combative, profanity-laced tirade caught on camera
A Spokane Police officer has been on desk duty for a year after body camera footage showed an “atrocious” encounter with a suspect in the back seat of his car, …
FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016
Adopt new deadly force standard for police in Washington
Proving bad faith and malice is an exercise in mind-reading. Absent a confession, it’s futile.
MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016, 3 A.M.
Group questions Spokane Public Schools’ use-of-force policy
A coalition of parents, advocates and local organizations petitioned Spokane Public Schools to revise the district’s use of force policy earlier this month, raising concerns that the policy was too …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 5:33 P.M.
Washington bill would make prosecuting police shootings easier
A bill that would make it easier to charge police officers with crimes for improper use of deadly force received its first public hearing Wednesday, drawing testimony from many who …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 8:55 A.M.
Portland, feds meeting on changes to police use-of-force reporting
The U.S. Department of Justice wants Portland police to require officers who use deadly force to file immediate accounts of what occurred in use of force reports.
TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2016, 4:37 P.M.
Spokane police to expand reporting of use-of-force incidents
Spokane police will now count neck restraints, pepper spray, tear gas and batons as uses of force and require a new Use of Force Review Board to review incidents monthly.
MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015, 4:20 P.M.
Spokane police making progress on Justice Department recommendations
Spokane police have completed five of 42 Department of Justice recommendations on improving training and policies related to use of force, according to a
SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
Officers get enhanced training in mental health, substance abuse issues
When Jen Wagner told her story, her last encounter with law enforcement was fresh in her mind. The 26-year-old college student is a patient at the Spokane Regional Health District …
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
Police body cameras focus of two studies
As protests over police shootings continue across the U.S., outfitting officers with body cameras has become a go-to solution for many who say the technology will provide objective evidence and …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015
Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting at hospitalized inmate
Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell ruled Tuesday that a Spokane County detention officer was justified in shooting at a fleeing jail inmate inside Deaconess Hospital in July. Detention Officer Sandy …
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015
James McDevitt: Hindsight gives insight on race, policing
Most use-of-force incidents are viewed with the clarity of 20-20 hindsight by those not involved in the incident, or those with little knowledge of the use-of-force continuum. One of the …
TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2015
Lawyer in Ferguson case to represent slain Pasco man’s family
PASCO – The high-profile attorney who represented the family of a black man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he’ll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican …
THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015
House bills seek to provide clarity on police body camera use
Spokane’s police chief says his department may not deploy the 220 police body cameras the city already has purchased until the state Legislature finalizes rules about publicly releasing footage. And …
SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2015
Spokane Use of Force Commission wraps up with praise for police progress
In its final meeting before it disbands, the city’s Use of Force Commission lauded the improvements made by the Spokane Police Department in the last two years. But members also …
FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Spokane statistics on crime, use of force are heartening
When police Chief Frank Straub steps before the Spokane Use of Force Commission for the final time today, he will have a lot to report. But if he had to …
SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2014
Lawsuit alleges assault during arrest by police
A Spokane man arrested on domestic violence charges that were later dismissed is suing the Spokane Police Department, claiming five officers assaulted him and violated his constitutional rights. But reports …
SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014
Editorial: Foundation has been established for ongoing police reforms
To appreciate how far Spokane has come with police reforms, it helps to remember where we were. In the summer of 2006, Police Department leaders were sticking with the pre-video-release …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014, 1:02 P.M.
Justice Department wants Spokane to improve how it investigates police force
On Friday, the Justice Department will release its audit of the Spokane Police Department that began in February 2013. Follow our live coverage of the report’s release, which is expected …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014
Justice Department updates Ferguson residents on rights investigation
FERGUSON, Mo. – U.S. Department of Justice officials promised a frustrated group of Ferguson residents Wednesday night that the federal government will take seriously their allegations of racial profiling and …
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014, 9:24 A.M.
DOJ: Serious problems found in Albuquerque police
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Justice Department says the embattled Albuquerque Police Department engaged in “patterns of excessive force” and believes the force violated the U.S. Constitution.
MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013, 8:57 P.M.
Spokane City Council approves police body cameras
The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to purchase body cameras for police officers, joining other cities in adopting technology that has so far proven to lessen complaints against officer …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Spokane police reform report card a mixed bag
I read it so you don’t have to. The Spokane Police Department’s Six-Month Progress Report on the city’s Use of Force Commission Recommendations, I mean.
SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Police shooting inquiries must be public, transparent
They say most police officers never fire a shot in the line of duty. So would it be unusual for an officer to have shot four people in the line …
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013
Alleged car thief shot, dies nearby
Spokane County prosecutors will have to decide whether to file charges against a homeowner who shot and killed a man allegedly stealing his vehicle Monday morning near East Mission Avenue …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2012
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, …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained
Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if …
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2012
Editorial: Settlement with Zehms would let healing start
Mediation may be the beginning of the end to claims the family of Otto Zehm has made against the city of Spokane for his death at the hands of Spokane …
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012
Panel will review police policies, procedures
To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012
Ex-chief justice joins police use of force panel
A recently retired state Supreme Court justice has agreed to serve on a city commission examining how the Spokane Police Department uses force. The membership of the city’s Use of …
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.