Stories tagged: craig meidl
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020
Spokane police officer’s kick on handcuffed suspect seemed retaliatory, not for protection, prosecutor says
A Spokane County prosecutor wrote that a city police officer’s kick to a handcuffed suspect’s groin appeared to be retaliatory, intentional and not for the protection of himself or others …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019
Spokane officer resigned from K-9 unit one day after controversial arrest; U.S. marshal raised concerns
“There should be nothing off the record” in an internal investigation, the police ombudsman said. “Thankfully we don’t have these kinds of cases a lot. But when we do, it …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Initial internal reviews, watchdog assessment raise serious concerns about exoneration in K-9 arrest
Chief Craig Meidl and Capt. Tom Hendren said they believed that the context of the arrest led them to conclude the use of force was appropriate. They did not mention …
Thu., Oct. 31, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Use of K-9, incendiary threats in arrest show the need for outside oversight of Spokane police
This moment is precisely why the ombudsman’s office exists. The police department has essentially signed off on everything in the video but Lesser’s demeanor. But we’ve got to have more …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019
‘I’m going to put a bullet in your brain’: Graphic video shows Spokane officer threatening wanted man before hoisting police dog into truck
The Spokane Police Department on Wednesday released graphic body camera footage of a February incident in which an officer shouted “I will f***ing kill you” and “I’m going to put …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019
An interactive use-of-force dashboard was launched on Tuesday on the Office of Police Ombudsman’s website.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
Spokane drivers will have at least 30,000 reasons to ease up on the gas pedal Thursday morning. That’s how many students will be walking, driving, busing and perhaps even skateboarding …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019
Spokane’s police chief and mayor have declared state Rep. Matt Shea unfit for office after leaked emails revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders …
UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019
Historians persuade Spokane police to correct error on their uniforms – date of department’s founding
Spokane police patches and badges sport the date 1884, but a town marshal, Eugene Hyde, was on duty three years previously. It’s taken a dedicated band of historians, including the …
UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019
Four years after the city of Spokane moved its downtown police precinct away from the Spokane Transit Authority’s headquarters, City Council may explore the feasibility of bringing a precinct back …
Sun., June 30, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude ombudsman from officer misconduct investigation should be rejected clearly
If Mayor David Condon doesn’t reject a Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude the police ombudsman from an investigation, he’ll render the ombudsman system meaningless
Sun., June 16, 2019
Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?
Sun., June 2, 2019
Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff …
Sat., June 1, 2019
Members of the Spokane City Council will not sign a nondisclosure agreement requested by the Spokane Police Guild before they review footage of an arrest in February that the agency’s …
UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019
Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl will head a statewide group of Washington’s police and sheriff department leaders.
Tue., April 30, 2019
City officials notched a legislative victory Tuesday after some three years of lobbying, and hope it will translate into a victory in a fight against car theft.
Wed., April 17, 2019
House gives final approval to program that could send career car thieves down a better road after they get out of prison.
UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019
Spokane officials make another pitch for a state program to provide for tighter supervision of auto thieves after they leave prison.
UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018
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 …
UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018
It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened …
UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018
The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.
Sat., March 10, 2018
Two days after a jury convicted a former police officer of rape, city leaders said there’s work to be done to reform the department.
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018
Spokane officials ask House committee to back a special program to have special supervision of car thieves after they’re released from prison.
Sun., Dec. 17, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl has defied the fears of his critics to become a model leader
If Craig Meidl’s first 13 months as police chief are any indication, he has done more than rise above the lowest expectations of his doubters. He’s acting like the kind …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017
Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department
Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Spokane, unlike other municipalities, is vague in its application of less-than-lethal tactics as laid out in the police department’s Use of Force Policy, Logue said. Specifically, there’s little clarity in …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017
In response to a violent hate crime Sunday in north Spokane, prominent community leaders gathered Wednesday morning to denounce racism and hate.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017
Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017
The salaries of the new hires, which could bring the ranks of the Spokane Police Department to 325 commissioned officers, will be paid for through a combination of grant money …