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The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file criminal charges Wednesday against Spokane police officer Kristopher Henderson in relation to an internal excessive force complaint in July.
The Spokane Police Department fired an officer Thursday after concluding an internal affairs investigation of a domestic violence assault in 2017. Nicholas J. Spolski has been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested and accused of hitting his girlfriend in December 2017, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.
The president of the union representing Spokane’s police brass pushed back Thursday on comments made by Councilman Breean Beggs about a proposal that would allow the city to post some internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigations online.
Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs wants to give those requesting records on police misconduct the option of having the information posted publicly. The Spokane Police Department has voiced concerns the law could violate the privacy of citizens making complaints.
Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl confirmed command staff changes that promote Lt. Tracie Meidl, his wife, to head the city’s south precinct later this summer. Craig Meidl was not involved in the interview process that produced a list of potential promotions from within as part of a contingency agreement for his appointment as chief last year.
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.
A Spokane Police officer has been on desk duty for a year after body camera footage showed an “atrocious” encounter with a suspect in the back seat of his car, said Police Chief Craig Meidl.
The Spokane Police Department has selected retired police officer Jacquelyn MacConnell as the civilian director of the Strategic Initiatives Division, where she will oversee internal affairs and training.
Newly appointed police Chief Craig Meidl said he needs to rotate his top officers through different roles to ensure they’re well-rounded and experienced in different administrative tasks. His wife, Lt. Tracie Meidl, will oversee internal investigations into department wrongdoing.
A Spokane police lieutenant received a 26 percent pay bump this year to fill a job he’s not technically qualified to hold.
A Spokane police sergeant who was found to be lying in an investigation related to her husband’s apparent use of illegal steroids will get to keep a job on the force despite a recommendation she be terminated, according to a police internal affairs investigation released this week. During the investigation examining Sgt. Lydia Taylor, new details emerged about the use of illegal steroids by her husband, Detective Trammell “Mell” Taylor. He was forced to retire last year after serving 27 years in the department, but he won’t face criminal charges despite telling investigators he wrote checks to a fake business to pay a drug dealer for illegal steroids over the course of four years, according to the report.
The Spokane police officer in charge of the initial response to the assault of a transgender woman in Boots Bakery and Lounge said witnesses didn’t report any sexual slurs or hate speech the night of the incident. The victim, Jacina Scamahorn, and some witnesses of the attack on Jan. 30 have criticized emergency responders for not taking her assault seriously and for being rude.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said Friday the married couple of a police sergeant and detective received steroids at their address in January.
A Spokane police lieutenant is facing an internal investigation after he was cited by the Washington State Patrol in March for reckless driving during an apparent race on the freeway. Lt. Matthew J. Cowles was clocked in his personal Corvette traveling close to 90 miles per hour in tandem with another driver around 2 p.m. on March 8, according to a report prepared by a WSP trooper.
Chet Gilmore, a sergeant with the Special Victims Unit, is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, the Spokane Police Department said. The investigation does not include criminal activity, according to police.
A disagreement between the interim Spokane police chief and the ombudsman about how a police misconduct allegation should be investigated has been resolved after witnesses came forward with new information. A meeting scheduled last Friday between Interim Chief Scott Stephens, Ombudsman Tim Burns and Mayor David Condon never happened because Stephens informed Condon of his intention to investigate the accusation that police bruised a woman’s arms while handcuffing her at her home in early April.
A disagreement between the interim Spokane police chief and the police ombudsman about the handling of a recent complaint is getting the mayor’s attention. Ombudsman Tim Burns is asking Mayor David Condon to force the Spokane Police Department to investigate a complaint that arose when officers responded to a report of possible domestic violence at a home in the city.
More citizens alleged misconduct by Spokane Police Department employees last year than the previous four years, but the number of complaints that resulted in discipline decreased. Police leaders attribute the uptick in complaints to the hiring of the police ombudsman. Last year was Tim Burns’ first full year on the job.