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Former Acting Chief Stephens…


Good afternoon, Netizens...


There is a fair hue and cry about town over the former Acting Police Chief Scott Stephens being demoted from sitting atop the throne of the Spokane Police Department, to losing that position to banishing him entirely from the upper ranks of the rank and filed. Chief Straub was brought into play purportedly on the to rebuild the public's trust in the police department, but now the best answers we can seemingly find to what happened with regard to Scott Stephens is in the words of the Public Motormouth for the Spokane Police Department are a terse no comment. Everything else is silence. Trust is not built on the basis of no-comment and the absolute lack of details about the demotion of Scott Stevens. I originally would have hoped better of Dr. Straub.


Could it just maybe be that we have a chameleon in City Hall? Which was the chameleon, one may ask. It could be Chief Straub for his lack of accountability. It could be our Mayor for his lack of transparency. Or it could be former Acting Chief Scott Stevens for his lack of taking action on the guerilla salutes to Klubber Karl by officers during his trial.


Everyone seems to be ducking and running for cover behind this is a personnel issue. My bare foot! We just have to wait and see what color the chameleon will turn up next.


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