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Records detail fight at Ferris High School that led to resource officer’s resignation

It all started over a tattoo and a pair of sneakers. Records released this past week by Spokane Public Schools reveal what started the Jan. 24 altercation that prompted a lockdown at Ferris High School, injured three staff members, raised questions about the hiring of a school resource officer and fueled concerns about implicit racial bias.

Deputies will not be charged

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office will not seek criminal charges against the two sheriff’s deputies who used a stun gun and a neck hold to subdue a man outside of a Moran Prairie fitness center in June 2013. Will Berger, 34, died of oxygen deprivation sustained in the confrontation with Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies Shawn Audie and Steve Paynter. The deputies responded after calls of disturbing behavior from Berger, who struck a paper towel dispenser in the gym and menaced other gym-goers. Berger’s father described the behavior as a manic episode stemming from a medical condition.

Prosecutor’s office: No charges in Will Berger case

Prosecutors will not criminally charge the two deputies involved in a confrontation with 34-year-old Will Berger outside a Moran Prairie gym in June 2013, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Working for change

Feet from where his son Will received the injuries from Spokane County sheriff’s deputies that claimed his life one year ago, Bill Berger called for change Friday night in a Moran Prairie parking lot. “We need a catalyst,” he said. “Somebody to tell us where we are and what we need to do.”

Deputy used chokehold on man

The man who died last week following a confrontation with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym stopped breathing after being put into a chokehold, according to new details released Thursday. The deputy who used the hold, technically referred to as a lateral vascular neck restraint, did so only after 34-year-old William Berger kept struggling despite three shocks with a Taser, investigators said. During that struggle, Berger also reportedly grabbed a Taser and tried to use it on one of the deputies, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

Tasered man stopped breathing after chokehold

New details released today indicate that the man who died last week following a confrontation with Spokane County Sheriff's deputies stopped breathing after one of the deputies put him in chokehold designed to restrict blood flow to the brain.