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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has written a book about his efforts to make it easier for sheriffs and top police brass to fire officers who lie on duty.
Knezovich remains devoted to this explanation though it has not, so far, been buttressed by the public evidence. It has prompted a measure of skepticism and scoffing that was ramped up during a recent dispute over his agency’s arrest, at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, of a local Democratic Socialist activist on a seven-year-old warrant from another county.
The Criminal Justice Training Commission voted unanimously against allowing the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to break from the centralized state’s police academy in providing its own academy training.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich defended his office's arrest of a political protester Tuesday, citing an outstanding felony warrant. While the arrest wasn't political, the sheriff said, the views that Jeremy Logan espoused represent a dangerous shift in left-leaning groups in the region and nationwide.
The sheriff says he believes the proposal would save his office money and shorten the amount of time before an officer is ready to enter the field.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and the local chapter of the NAACP announced Wednesday they signed a memorandum of understanding last year to address racial equity.
A newly formed social protest group gathered Sunday afternoon to demand the Sheriff's Office cancel the planned appearance of a controversial police trainer. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a prominent law enforcement trainer whose philosophies are the subject of regular criticism, was set to host a “mindset bootcamp” event that included topics such as “combat preparation for your spouse and family,” active shooter situations and what makes a person a “winner,” according to a flyer for the event. Instead, he'll appear at a public forum, but protesters say he shouldn't be in Spokane at all.
Several hundred people flying dozens of pro-police American flags featuring a single blue stripe gathered Saturday by the Riverfront Park clocktower for the Law Enforcement Support Rally organized by local pastors.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said this week he won’t cancel a controversial “Killology” police training session planned later this year even as public backlash against it continues to mount.
The FBI is investigating state Rep. Matt Shea regarding his role during several armed standoffs with federal agents over the past several years.
"Cops" and "Live PD" – two reality television shows that claim to offer viewers an unvarnished view of policing in America, including Spokane – have been canceled amid the nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice.
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.
An architect of controversial police training, aimed at readying officers for the moment they kill someone and how they’ll react to it, is scheduled to hold a seminar for Spokane-area officers in October. Plans for the seminar have come under scrutiny in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.
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.
Hundreds of protesters led by far-right religious leaders and state Rep. Matt Shea converged Friday afternoon on the Spokane County Courthouse, calling for the economy to reopen.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the creation of a property crime task force Tuesday afternoon in light of a recent spike in reports he attributed to the COVID-19-related releases of repeat offenders. Advocates say they aren’t to blame for the release process.
“Shame on you,” the sheriff said, referring to the Spokane Valley lawmaker.
The coronavirus is creating a real-time experiment in Spokane jail reform.
In an unassuming, out-of-the-way building near Spokane Community College, scores of elected leaders, emergency responders and public health officials coordinate their response to the crisis facing Spokane County.
Spokane law enforcement agencies will focus on education not enforcement of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued Monday.