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The city’s civilian police watchdog told elected officials last week that his office made little progress in overcoming barriers to independent oversight of the department in 2019.
In response to growing to public pressure and recent protests over police brutality, the Spokane City Council will consider a resolution calling for sweeping reforms to policing.
Midway into a new ombudsman's report on the now-infamous profanity-laced rant of a still happily employed Spokane police officer, a word appears that is crucial in considering where we’ve been, where we are, and where we going with police and accountability.Culture.
Spokane police brass should have looked more critically and with greater transparency at an officer’s use of his police dog to apprehend a fleeing suspect in a trapped truck in February 2019, a report from the department’s civilian in charge of oversight found.
The Spokane Police Department is reviewing a March arrest that reminded the woman who reported it of the arrest that resulted in George Floyd’s death: a man in distress telling officers he can’t breathe, and police on top of him.
“What I think is – right now, what I would lean toward – is the most transparency possible,” Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue said of the fact that members of the SPD’s SWAT team don’t wear body cameras. “But keeping in line with that doesn’t endanger officers and that sort of thing.”
Chief Craig Meidl and Capt. Tom Hendren said they believed that the context of the arrest led them to conclude the use of force was appropriate. They did not mention earlier conclusions that raised serious concerns about Officer Dan Lesser’s use of his K-9.
The Spokane Police Department on Wednesday released graphic body camera footage of a February incident in which an officer shouted “I will f***ing kill you” and “I’m going to put a bullet in your brain” before hoisting a police dog into the cab of a pickup truck to subdue a man.
An interactive use-of-force dashboard was launched on Tuesday on the Office of Police Ombudsman’s website.
In an escalation of its protest against an investigation into a violent February arrest, the Spokane Police Guild has filed a public records request for the communications of numerous city officials.
With glowing praise, the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday to renew Bart Logue’s contract to serve as the civilian watchdog of the Spokane Police Department for three more years.
The Police Ombudsman Commission will meet in executive session on Tuesday to discuss a possible contract extension for Police Ombudsman Bart Logue.
If Mayor David Condon doesn’t reject a Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude the police ombudsman from an investigation, he’ll render the ombudsman system meaningless
The ongoing battle to achieve independent oversight over the Spokane Police Department – a value that voters in this city have supported overwhelmingly – is again being thwarted by the police officers union and compliant city administrators.
Following the recommendation of Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue, a civilian panel voted unanimously Tuesday night for a deeper look into the actions of an officer responding to a protester near the Spokane Club for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened McMurtrey, who lost his cool and unleashed a profane tirade against the suspect. McMurtrey’s body camera captured the incident, including him stopping the car to more forcefully berate the suspect.
Spokane, unlike other municipalities, is vague in its application of less-than-lethal tactics as laid out in the police department’s Use of Force Policy, Logue said. Specifically, there’s little clarity in the department’s treatment of what Logue calls the “sanctity of life.”
Bart Logue, the city’s police ombudsman, said he was not given access to nearly a dozen Internal Affairs investigations that he participated in last year for certification. At Logue’s request, Police Chief Craig Meidl said the department will audit IA cases over the past two years to ensure compliance with city laws moving forward.
Bart Logue, a former diplomat and Marine Corps provost marshal, the equivalent of a police chief, will work under a three-year contract as permanent ombudsman.
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 is a puzzling and difficult notion. The good news is that there are signs of a re-energized push for more independence in the city’s ombudsman’s office. Part of this comes from a proposal that may be on its way toward the City Council that would attempt to untangel the ombudsman from the department’s internal affairs process. And part of it comes from the guy who is filling the ombudsman’s job right now, Bart Logue.