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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.
Officer Dan Lesser received one day of unpaid suspension for shouting vulgar death threats and failing to immediately activate his body camera during a February arrest in which he released a police dog into a suspect’s vehicle.
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.
This moment is precisely why the ombudsman’s office exists. The police department has essentially signed off on everything in the video but Lesser’s demeanor. But we’ve got to have more than their word for it. Because it just doesn’t look right.
Two different body camera views of the Feb. 12, 2019 arrest of Lucas Ellerman, which included a police K9 being placed in the vehicle. The body camera video was released 10/30/2019.
A woman claims a police dog owned by the Spokane Police Department bit her without provocation and wouldn’t release despite being ordered to do so by Officer Dan Lesser, according to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Justice. The lawsuit was filed in federal court last week on behalf of Natasha Hernandez.
They say most police officers never fire a shot in the line of duty. So would it be unusual for an officer to have shot four people in the line of duty, as Spokane police Officer Dan Lesser has? Three of them fatally?
The shots that ended a standoff two years ago on the lower South Hill continue to create a wide chasm between how a grieving family and law enforcement investigators view the same evidence. Conflicting witness testimony and the trajectory of the bullets that killed James E. Rogers on Sept. 26, 2011, have convinced the family that Spokane police and Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators failed to fully investigate the fatal shooting, which occurred after a nearly two-hour standoff with police near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Hatch Street.
A man pulled a gun on the wrong cab driver late Friday night, police say.
A 16-year Spokane police veteran and member of the SWAT team has been identified as the officer who shot and killed an armed and suicidal man Monday. Authorities said Thursday that Officer Dan Lesser was the only officer who fired shots during the nearly two-hour standoff with James Edward Rogers, 45. Rogers died of gunshot wounds after he refused a negotiator’s commands to get out of his overturned van at East Seventh Avenue and South Hatch Street on the lower South Hill.
A 16-year Spokane police veteran and member of the SWAT team has been identified as the officer who shot and killed an armed and suicidal man Monday.
A reportedly armed and suicidal man was shot to death Monday night by Spokane police after a nearly two-hour standoff on the lower South Hill. The identity of the dead man, described as being in his mid-40s and from Spokane County, was being withheld as authorities sought to notify his relatives. He had crashed his van at Seventh Avenue and Hatch Street while fleeing police after making threats at his workplace earlier in the evening, police said. He then refused to get out of the overturned vehicle.
A Spokane police K-9 who died after surgery to remove a brain tumor was honored this week by the Washington State Police Canine Association.
Spokane Police this morning are crediting an alert neighbor in the Five Mile Prairie area for helping them catch two juveniles in connection with three home burglaries overnight.
Spokane Police Officer Dan Lesser has been cleared in the fatal shooting of car thief suspect Johnnie Longest.
A Pullman man motivated by the shooting of a Spokane police dog has given the department a German shepherd puppy. Nick Lungu breeds and trains the dogs for his business, I-Guard International. He sells the animals for as much as $2,500 each but gave the Spokane Police Department first pick of his latest litter after reading of the March shooting of Var, a longtime police dog.
Spokane City Councilman Al French will sponsor a public meeting tonight about bus bench advertising. Citing a 2001 city ordinance regulating signs, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner recently sent a letter to bus bench advertising companies demanding that bus benches with ads be removed by May 25.
This a tale of two type-A personalities, both with tails. One is entering retirement; the other is just beginning his career. The retiree could share stories of catching bad guys throughout his eight-year career. But the two are housed separately on the same property. It takes time to introduce such domineering personalities, their owner explained.