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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 …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: The chill between cops and watchdog deepens, as controversial case approaches public release

The relationship between police chief and ombudsman – always bound to have some inherent tension – has devolved into a chilly estrangement, growing partly from criticisms regarding a still-secret case …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Internal police investigations, body camera video could be posted online under proposed Spokane law

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs wants to give those requesting records on police misconduct the option of having the information posted publicly. The Spokane Police Department has voiced concerns the …


Prison reform bill provides needed oversight

The scandal at DOC exposed serious management flaws. Lawmakers are right to step in and hold the agency accountable with independent oversight.


2016, through the rear-view mirror

March 25. Headline on primary endorsement editorial was “Kasich and Clinton only moderates left standing.”


Spokane police ombudsman finalist Jacquelyn MacConnell named director of strategic initiatives

A longtime Phoenix police officer who impressed community members as a finalist for Spokane’s police ombudsman job will now oversee Internal Affairs.


Spokane police oversight still a concern in new round of law enforcement bargaining

Contracts with the unions representing police officers and supervisors are up for renewal at the end of the year. At the same time, the City Council is set to consider …


Shawn Vestal: There’s hope for more independent oversight of Spokane police

The bad news regarding police reform in Spokane is that three years after voters demanded “independent investigations” of police misconduct, we’re still debating the meaning of “independent,” as if it …


Both Spokane police ombudsman finalists praised after public forum

The independence of Spokane’s police ombudsman dominated discussion at a Tuesday forum where community members questioned finalists for the job. Bart Logue, who’s been serving as the city’s interim ombudsman …


Hire Logue as ombudsman

The community needs resolution more than additional deliberations. It needs to see someone doing the job. Someone they know will be around for awhile.


H.W. Braham: Interim ombudsman Logue should get job

Based on my assessment, Mr. Logue has a substantially and materially better track record of constituent engagement and ombudsman-related policy implementation than Mr. Humayun.


Hurt lingers 10 years after Zehm’s death

We have yet to heal our relationship with our own peace officers. They have yet to heal their relationship with us.


Commission selects Bart Logue as temporary police ombudsman

Spokane’s police ombudsman commission voted Tuesday night to offer Bart Logue, a diplomat and former Marine Corps police chief, a temporary contract to serve as police ombudsman.


City commission moving to hire an interim police ombudsman

The Canadian man selected in November to be Spokane’s next police ombudsman still doesn’t have a work visa, so a city commission is moving ahead with interviews for an interim …


Ombudsman appointee has an impressive skill set

Community must support Canadian with no connections.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015

In case ombudsman pick falls through, Spokane officials search for plan B

Even after selecting a candidate for police ombudsman last week, Spokane’s police ombudsman commission is hedging against a longer vacancy in the office by pushing for a search committee to …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015

Spokane police ombudsman commission selects Canadian Raheel Humayun

Spokane’s police ombudsman commission tonight voted unanimously to offer the job of the city’s police ombudsman to a Canadian who was initially the second choice of the group. The group …


Commission offers Florida candidate Spokane police ombudsman job, but only for four months

Spokane’s police ombudsman commission on Wednesday offered a candidate from Florida the job of ombudsman but only on a temporary basis.


Shawn Vestal: Police shouldn’t get say in their own oversight

When the committee charged with picking the top candidates to be Spokane’s next ombudsman made a decision, they formalized it through a standard bit of Robert’s Rules of Order. A …


Concerns over Spokane Police ombudsman candidate’s online comments raised at forum

A community forum for police ombudsman finalists Thursday turned tense as community members questioned comments candidate Allen Huggins made online about riots in Baltimore and the Black Lives Matter movement.


Long wait to hire Spokane police ombudsman nears end

Three finalists for Spokane’s police ombudsman will be in town this week for community interviews, signaling an end in sight for a hiring process many say has left the position …


Spokane police ombudsman finalists named

The field of applicants wanting to be Spokane’s next police ombudsman has been narrowed to three finalists and includes a retired law enforcement whistleblower from Florida, a former Southern California …


Three members of police oversight panel, including Rachel Dolezal, asked to resign

Spokane’s independent police oversight panel is in turmoil. Three of its five members, including former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, likely will be removed by the City Council if they …


Shar Lichty to challenge Condon for Spokane mayor

Spokane Mayor David Condon gained his first challenger Tuesday in his race to be the first re-elected mayor since the era of Expo ’74. Shar Lichty, an organizer with the …


A voice for the voiceless

From chewy bacon and hard-to-cut biscuits to encouraging a family to put their mother in a memory care unit, Michal Rosenberger has done it all in her year as a …


Spokane City Council will hire its own attorney

The Spokane City Council is poised to assert its independence from Mayor David Condon’s administration as it begins a search for its own attorney. Council members say relying on legal …


Breean Beggs picked to represent ombudsman commission

A local attorney who has pushed city leaders for stronger police oversight has been selected to represent Spokane’s new ombudsman commission. Breean Beggs was selected over a former mayor and …


Burns stepping down as Spokane police ombudsman

After five and a half years on the job, Spokane’s first police ombudsman announced Friday he’ll retire in early 2015. Tim Burns announced his resignation after informal talks earlier in …


Shawn Vestal: New police ombudsman commission gets to work

Spokane’s new citizens commission charged with overseeing police complaints opened its first meeting with many of the dreadfully dull but important questions that government work is made of: scheduling meetings, …