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2 Sacramento cops who shot Stephon Clark won’t face charges

The two Sacramento police officers whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black man last year prompted nationwide protests will not face criminal charges, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Cursory Google search would have caught red flags in Spokane school resource officer hire

An internal affairs report deepens the questions about how Spokane Public Schools hired a former deputy for a job at Ferris High School. Even if Shawn Audie was justified in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

WSU student accepts $500,000 to settle excessive force lawsuit against Pullman Police Department

A Washington State University student who alleged Pullman police officers used excessive force while taking him into protective custody inside a Jack In The Box in 2016 has settled his …


Pullman police settles lawsuit over alleged excessive force

A former Washington State University student suing the Pullman Police Department for $1 million settled his claim for an undisclosed amount.


Jury awards $640K to man in officer excessive force case

A federal civil-rights jury has awarded a Federal Way man $640,000 after finding a Federal Way police officer used excessive force when arresting him at an accident scene in 2014.


Bellingham city officials settle excessive force lawsuit

Officials in the western Washington city of Bellingham have agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that two police officers used excessive force during a 2015 arrest.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Marshal who arrested teacher was sued for excessive force

Waving signs heralding free speech and chanting “Stand by Deyshia,” about 100 people gathered in a light rain Thursday to rally to support Deyshia Hargrave – the Louisiana teacher ejected …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017

Federal judge rules two deputies used excessive force

A man pulled out of his home and arrested at gunpoint after two Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies went to the wrong address achieved a partial victory this week when a …


Deputies testify against ex-sheriff in Oregon force case

Klamath County deputies have testified that former Sheriff Frank Skrah used excessive force against suspects who posed no threat.


Video appears to show Connecticut officer stomping on handcuffed man

A video released by Connecticut police appears to show a sergeant stomping on the head of a handcuffed man who was on the ground.


Washington police officer charged with using excessive force

A Washington state police officer who has repeatedly been accused of using excessive force has now been indicted on a federal criminal charge that he pepper-sprayed a person who was …


Karl Thompson released from prison

Former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson has been released from federal prison after being convicted of using excessive force against developmentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm, who died two days after …


Houseboat owner, gunshot victim sue Park Service rangers in Kettle Falls incident

Michael Sublie and Casey Hartinger are seeking $6 million in damages following a shooting by a Park Service ranger at the Kettle Falls Campground in September 2013.


Houseboat owner, gunshot victim sue Park Service rangers in Kettle Falls incident

Michael Sublie and Casey Hartinger are seeking up to $6 million in damages following a shooting by a National Park Service ranger at the Kettle Falls Campground in September 2013.


Lawyer in Ferguson case to represent slain Pasco man’s family

PASCO – The high-profile attorney who represented the family of a black man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he’ll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican …


Spokane County SWAT team tactics at issue in trial

The location of a flash grenade thrown by Spokane County SWAT members during a raid on Valentine’s Day 2012 will be a key issue in an excessive force trial set …


DOJ: Serious problems found in Albuquerque police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Justice Department says the embattled Albuquerque Police Department engaged in “patterns of excessive force” and believes the force violated the U.S. Constitution.


Thompson restitution challenged

Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued Friday that Thompson shouldn’t have to pay restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive force against Otto Zehm. …


Judge sets Thompson sentencing for Nov. 15

Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will finally be sentenced, more than a year after he was convicted of using excessive force and lying about his confrontation with …


Park Board to consider Zehm memorial for Mission Park

The Spokane Park Board will consider a memorial for Otto Zehm on Monday, as was called for in a settlement between the city and Zehm’s estate. Mayor David Condon has …


Settlement in Zehm civil suit reached

A $1.67 million out-of-court settlement has been reached in the civil suit against Spokane police filed by relatives of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died following a violent …


Airway Heights man awarded $300,000 in suit over traffic stop

A jury awarded an Airway Heights man $300,000 in Federal Court after he sued a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy over a traffic stop that ended with the man being …


Editorial: Settlement with Zehms would let healing start

Mediation may be the beginning of the end to claims the family of Otto Zehm has made against the city of Spokane for his death at the hands of Spokane …


Panel will review police policies, procedures

To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed …


Justice Dept.: Seattle police used excessive force

Seattle police have engaged in excessive force that violated federal law and the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department said today.


Baton use quick, jury told

Two Spokane women who were teenagers when they saw Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson confront Otto Zehm at a convenience store told jurors in Thompson’s excessive force trial Friday that …


Zehm trial moves to Yakima

A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys raised concerns that local media coverage of Thompson’s …


Shawn Vestal: Ombudsman shows aptitude for his job, however defined

The police chief has an excellent question about the city’s cops watchdog. What, exactly, is Tim Burns’ authority?


Sheriff’s detective cleared of using excessive force

A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that …


Jury exonerates sheriff’s detective

A jury today exonerated a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that …