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If the Spokane Police Department is defunded, where would leaders look to make cuts?
Anna A. Zehm never sought exposure. But her fierce crusade for justice following the unlawful arrest, beating and death of her son, Otto, became a yearslong public campaign for better police training in Spokane.
The Police Ombudsman Commission is arguing that members of the department are withholding certain information needed to perform civilian oversight of law enforcement. The complaint comes in the midst of contract talks with the union representing Spokane’s uniformed police officers, who have been working under a contract that expired in 2016.
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.
The Spokane Police Department released a final report on a years-long police reform initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice.
The Spokane Police Department has fired an officer who was arrested on domestic violence charges last year.
The daughter of a Spokane police officer was arrested on Friday, a day after her father, 18-year veteran Officer John Arredondo, was placed on administrative leave in connection to the case.
This is an encouraging sign of leadership, especially for those who worried that promoting Meidl from within would produce an overly protective police chief.
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.