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The city of Spokane’s Human Rights Commission affirmed its recommendation that Anwar Peace, an advocate for police accountability, be appointed to a three-year term on Wednesday, despite an active restraining order against him.
City of Spokane Human Rights Commission leaders to apologize for racist and sexist comments made on Facebook aimed at seven newly hired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies
Marilyn Shuler, a longtime human rights leader and director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission for 20 years, died at a Boise hospital early Friday morning. She was 77.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year.
Special legislative committee asked to reject law allowing transgender bathroom use.
A rule on use of public restrooms drew dueling protests to the Washington Capitol.
Bill to repeal rule allowing a person to select bathroom based on gender identity passes committee, sent to full Senate.
Spokane Valley sent a letter in support of legislative efforts to repeal new state rules governing transgender people’s access to restrooms.
A federal investigation is needed following the deaths of four people at the Spokane County Jail since May 4, the Spokane Human Rights Commission says. The request was sent two months after the county won a competitive federal grant to address jail overcrowding and just before the Justice Department released a report finding that in-custody deaths nationwide increased for the third straight year in 2013.
NAACP leaders have asked the Spokane Police Department to restart investigations of who sent hate mail to the local chapter of the civil rights organization. Police announced last week that they were suspending their investigation of a claim made by the group’s former president, Rachel Dolezal, that she received a package of threatening material in the chapter’s post office box. Documents released by police last week showed that the envelope had not been date stamped and likely had not been processed by the U.S. Postal Service.
All day Saturday, Alison Collins was waiting for something to happen. For the police to stop by with follow-up questions. For the news media to report what had happened. For the community to stand up and say … something.
Two men suspected of beating a transgender woman in downtown Spokane were arrested Tuesday, eight hours after police sought the public’s help to identify the attackers. The victim of the attack, Jacina Carla Scamahorn, said she was at Boots Bakery, 20 W. Main Ave., Friday night when she was beaten by two men, who broke bones in her face.
In Spokane, SWAT is no more. The police department has rebranded the decades-old team of officers trained in tactical response as the “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden the skills of team members. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, who leads the department’s operations, said the switch reflects the increased training in medical rescue and crisis management former SWAT team members will receive in the coming months.
For Spokane’s Human Rights Commission, choosing honorees for the first of what the organization hopes will be annual diversity awards meant winnowing decades of work into snapshots. “Some of these seemed to be almost lifetime achievement awards,” Mayor David Condon said Thursday morning before a crowd of about 40 people, including 12 nominees in three categories.
Controversy over a proposed deal to rehire a Spokane police sergeant after he was fired for an off-duty drunken driving collision has focused attention on an often-misunderstood state agency involved in the settlement negotiations – the Washington Human Rights Commission. The deal called for the city of Spokane to rehire fired Sgt. Brad Thoma and purported to be mediated by the Human Rights Commission, based on a claim that the city failed to accommodate the officer’s disability of alcoholism. However, Sharon Ortiz, the commission’s executive director, said she had not signed off on the deal that had been brokered by an investigator in the commission’s Spokane office and that it would need further review.
One day Spokane Mayor David Condon declares there’s no good way out of the Brad Thoma tar pit. The City Council, he says, must vote to put Thoma back on the police force as a detective and reward the drunk-driving, hit-and-run disgrace to the badge with a quarter million-plus in back pay and lawyer bucks.