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Spokane councilman Mike Fagan tries to halt police pact

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan unsuccessfully attempted to derail an employment contract agreement between the city and the police leadership union Monday night, saying “citizens still hold a grudge” against police for recent misconduct. The council was considering a five-year collective bargaining deal with the Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains Association. The agreement is largely in line with a deal struck with the Police Guild earlier this year, according to Council President Ben Stuckart.

Civil suit dismissed against former officer in shooting

Former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who was exonerated two years ago of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of a fleeing, unarmed man, now will avoid any civil responsibility for the 2007 attack as well. U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea agreed Wednesday with a request by Olsen’s attorney, Rob Cossey, to dismiss the civil lawsuit brought by Shonto Pete, who was shot in the back of the head by Olsen. Pete was unable to find an attorney to represent him after Shea decided last year to drop the city of Spokane from the case.

Civil suit against former SPD officer dismissed

Former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen won't face any civil penalties for shooting a fleeing, unarmed man in the head in 2007. U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea agreed with a request by Olsen’s attorney, Rob Cossey, to dismiss the civil lawsuit brought by Shonto Pete, who was unable to find an attorney to represent him after Shea ruled last year to drop the City of Spokane from the case.

Defense lawyers claim overkill on Hoopfest charges

Defense attorneys told a judge today that prosecutors don’t have a legal basis for a long list of attempted murder charges levied against three of four men in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest that injured three bystanders.

City out of shooting case

A federal judge ruled Friday that the city of Spokane will not pay any civil penalties levied against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in the head during a drunken off-duty chase in February 2007. Federal judge Edward F. Shea ruled in favor of a motion brought by Assistant City Attorney Ellen O’Hara seeking to sever the city from the case. O’Hara successfully argued that Olsen never identified himself as a police officer during the Feb. 26, 2007, chase that ended with Olsen shooting Pete in the head.

Spokane removed from Shonto Pete lawsuit

A federal judge ruled this morning that the city of Spokane will not be on the hook if a civil suit proceeds against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in the head during a drunken chase in February 2007.

Protesters call for police oversight

More than 100 people gathered in front of Spokane City Hall on Thursday evening to rally for police accountability and changes to an oversight process they see as flawed. Carrying signs that read “Stop police abuse” and “End police brutality,” the group circled the Post Street entrance to City Hall chanting, “Josh Levy, Otto Zehm, Shonto Pete, not again!”

Protesters rally for police accountability

More than 100 protesters gathered in front of Spokane City Hall Thursday night to rally for police accountability and changes to an oversight process they see as flawed.

Report clears dispatcher in Pete shooting

An internal investigation has cleared a Spokane police dispatcher of wrongdoing after questions arose over the truthfulness of his testimony in the acquittal of an off-duty officer who shot a fleeing man in the head. The report released Friday backs dispatch supervisor Marvin D. Tucker’s claim that Shonto Pete admitted during a 911 call to having been inside then off-duty Spokane police officer Jay Olsen’s truck on Feb. 26, 2007, prior to the confrontation that led to his shooting. A tape of that conversation was erased without any copies being made despite requests for it being filed by detectives investigatng Pete’s shooting.

Olsen incidents could have led to criminal charges

The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to discuss his case with the judge assigned to preside over his trial. Olsen quit Monday rather than submit to an interview with police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, who had previously informed the suspended officer that she intended to fire him for violations of department policy, including carrying a loaded handgun while consuming alcohol.

Olsen flashed badge to try to see judge

The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to discuss his case with the judge assigned to preside over his trial.

Officer Olsen quits on brink of firing

Suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen, acquitted by a jury last month for shooting a man in the head during a drunken off-duty chase through Peaceful Valley two years ago, resigned Monday. The resignation came shortly before Olsen was to meet with Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick to discuss her decision to fire him.

Jay Olsen resigns from Spokane Police Department

Suspended Spokane Police Officer Jay Olsen, acquitted by a jury last month for shooting a man in the head during a drunken off-duty chase through Peaceful Valley, resigned Monday. The resignation followed the department's notice that it intended to fire him.

Native Americans air concerns over verdict

Native Americans confronted city officials on Tuesday evening with their frustration over the acquittal of an off-duty Spokane police officer who shot a young American Indian man. Mayor Mary Verner and police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick attended a forum at the NATIVE Project and health clinic in the West Central neighborhood.