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The decision to deploy Marine reservists in the push to Kuwait City meant that a company headquartered in Yakima was sent into the desert. That included Brad Hallock, an Olympia native enrolled at Washington State University in Pullman, and another reservist, 19-year-old Craig Meidl.
One of our biggest successes – guarding the majority of the community from the quantity and scope of violence we respond to on a daily basis – may also be one of our biggest failures.
Fentanly seizures in Eastern Washington have increased nearly 200% this year, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Pills are being sold on Spokane's streets with lethal dosages of the synthetic opioid that follow prescription painkillers and heroin as the next major, dangerous obstacle in the nation's effort to reduce overdose deaths.
Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs proposes prohibiting the police use of neck restraints that restrict blood flow to a person’s brain, unless it is justified as a use of deadly force.
If the Spokane Police Department is defunded, where would leaders look to make cuts?
The courts look at whether an officer acted reasonably when using force against people on the streets. Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl, and at least one other higher-up in the department, employed a different, correct standard when they fired an officer who kicked a handcuffed Black man in the groin.
Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl determined a since-fired officer broke the law when he kicked a handcuffed suspect, who is Black, in the genitals last summer then made false statements in subsequent reports and interviews about the incident.
Amid nationwide protests, less-lethal projectiles have been a favorite tool of police for dispersing demonstrators. But human rights advocates warn those weapons can be deadly and say American police have used them in ways that run afoul of international law.
In a scathing rebuke on Thursday, numerous local elected officials condemned the armed citizens who have stood guard outside businesses during Spokane’s recent protests.
In the wake of protests over police violence and the death of George Floyd last week – and ahead of continued protests planned for Sunday – Kurtis Robinson, president of Spokane’s chapter of the NAACP, and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl sat down for a one-on-one conversation on Friday with The Spokesman-Review as a fly on the wall.
Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl told The Spokesman-Review this week his department will limit when officers can employ a controversial technique for detaining suspects by kneeling on their necks, which was used in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Protesters and rioters arrested in Sunday night’s turmoil in downtown Spokane include a local man who allegedly hurled a Molotov cocktail toward police, another man accused of damaging a deputy’s vehicle and a third accused of throwing rocks at the windows of a Jack In The Box.
Law enforcement officials and leaders of Spokane’s Black community blamed Sunday night’s rioting, looting and property damage on outside agitators who “hijacked” what had been a day of mostly peaceful protests. But the scope of the involvement of organizers outside Spokane remains difficult to quantify, and police on Monday downplayed the presence of far-right agitators and militia members who roamed the downtown core with rifles and body armor.
“Even though this happened in Minneapolis and we’re in Spokane, I think what people need to understand is, for the African American communities, this was no different than as if it happened right outside their front door,” Chief Craig Meidl said Thursday.
State and local law enforcement officials will citations and penalties if education isn’t enough to close nonessential businesses under the state’s emergency order.
One after another, Spokane City Council members pleaded with police Chief Craig Meidl on Monday to publicly condemn his officers’ comments about the attractiveness of women at protests outside Planned Parenthood. He didn’t.
Spokane Police body camera footage, posted online Sunday, shows how officers interpreted the city’s laws against excessive noise as scores of protesters gathered outside Planned Parenthood last summer.
A Spokane County prosecutor wrote that a city police officer’s kick to a handcuffed suspect’s groin appeared to be retaliatory, intentional and not for the protection of himself or others in a letter declining to prosecute the officer for assault.
Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated in her campaign colors of blue and purple and pierced by the white streaks of dancing snowflakes.
“There should be nothing off the record” in an internal investigation, the police ombudsman said. “Thankfully we don’t have these kinds of cases a lot. But when we do, it seems critical to have all of these things happen aboveboard.”