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The last seconds of James C. Danforth’s life, captured on Spokane police body camera footage and 911 recordings last November in Hillyard, were released to the public Wednesday morning. Danforth, one of five people fatally shot by officers last year, was the only one who fired a weapon at police before he was killed.
A Spokane attorney pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six felony charges relating signatures on court orders from Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, who later told police investigators were forged.
The Spokane City Council is asking Mayor David Condon to name a new police chief appointment by Sept. 30. The process requested by the council would place police Capt. Brad Arleth back in the running for the job.
Recent leadership shakeups in the Spokane Police Department have sidelined a department project to analyze data on the race of people stopped by police officers.
An internal investigation into a Spokane Police Department’s captain showed concerns over moving furniture from the downtown precinct came from city administrators.
Remember the great downtown panic of 2013? A sense of desperation about hooliganism and visible homelessness reigned. Business owners complained about unruly crowds. Tales of aggressive panhandlers were told in the chambers of the City Council. STA Plaza crowds and skate rats were freaking out the gentry. A bar patron was sucker-punched on a sidewalk, and it was captured on video and replayed repeatedly on the TV news, becoming a symbol of a downtown that was dirty and dangerous.
Spokane Police Capt. Brad Arleth is no longer on paid administrative leave, a police spokeswoman confirmed Thursday evening.
Spokane City Council members are calling for city and police leaders to show how two-week old move of the downtown police precinct will save the city money.
Spokane Transit Authority will no longer pay the salary for a downtown Spokane police officer following the department’s decision to move the downtown police precinct away from the STA Plaza.
Brad Arleth, the downtown precinct police captain, was placed on leave Monday after a member of the city administration filed a complaint alleging Arleth was insubordinate when he moved furniture to a new precinct location.
Interim Spokane police Chief Rick Dobrow remained tight-lipped Tuesday about his reasons for placing the leader of the downtown police precinct on leave, saying only that it was related to allegations of a “serious violation of policy.” Dobrow placed Capt. Brad Arleth on paid leave Monday after learning of an internal complaint made about Arleth last week, he said. The allegations against Arleth are not criminal, Dobrow said, and are not related to the ongoing criminal cases involving Sgt. Gordon Ennis, who is accused of raping a fellow officer at a party last fall, and Sgt. John Gately, who is accused of tipping off Ennis about the investigation.
A high-ranking Spokane police officer was placed on leave today pending an internal investigation. Capt. Brad Arleth, who runs the department’s downtown precinct, will be paid while on leave, said city spokesman Brian Coddington.
Riverfront Park might be the worst place to get high in Spokane. Data from Spokane Municipal Court shows marijuana users are far more likely to be fined for consuming pot in public by a park security guard than by a Spokane police officer, though they’re unlikely to get a ticket at all.
Officials at Riverfront Park hope to crack down on vandalism by increasing the hours security officers patrol during the summer. It’s part of a larger push to boost park security through extended staff coverage and public safety improvements during the park’s redesign, park security supervisor Justin Worthington said.
The appointment of the final member of the committee that will help select the next Spokane police ombudsman was delayed after questions arose about the NAACP's lack of support for finalists.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub this month launched his second major reorganization of the police department this year and said he may not be done making changes. “I’m not going to lock into anything,” Straub said in an interview last week. “I can’t. We have to get the right people in the right places.”
A shakeup in the Spokane Police Department has left three top jobs vacant and no uniformed officers within much of the command staff. The latest change came Wednesday when the department’s second-highest ranking officer, Assistant Chief Craig Meidl, notified Chief Frank Straub that he was stepping down from the command staff to return to a civil service position as a lieutenant.
Four of the 13 new public safety departments created by the Spokane City Council on Monday will soon have permanent leaders likely to keep the bigger paychecks most of them started getting in January. Police Chief Frank Straub said this week that he plans to ask the City Council soon to fill four of the six new departments created within the Spokane Police Department. Those four officials already are filling the roles in an acting capacity, he said.
Handcuffed and terrified, 20-year-old Heather Cassel broke free from her abductor early Monday morning and ran toward an apartment complex screaming for help when bullets ended the chase. One bullet tore through her stomach. The second bullet struck below her eye, fired from close range. Gary L. Stoddard, 45, later told police that he shot Cassel because he was afraid to go to jail.