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Council to consider plan for stronger ombudsman

An effort to expand the powers of the city of Spokane’s police ombudsman may go before the City Council on Monday night. The proposed ordinance would allow Ombudsman Tim Burns …


When it comes to cop shenanigans, answers often lacking

There’s been so much crazy cop news around here lately that it’s hard to keep track of the mayhem. So I designed today’s helpful quiz as a way to test …


Editorial: Police Guild complaint about chief rings hollow

So what should the public think of the Spokane Police Guild’s no-confidence vote for Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and her administration? Not much. When the union thinks it has a story …


Police ombudsman issues first report to city

The first 18 of 19 internal investigations into police actions to be reviewed by Spokane’s police ombudsman have been labeled “timely, thorough and objective.” Spokane’s first police ombudsman, Tim Burns, …


Police ombudsman clears 18 of 19 cases

The first 18 of 19 internal investigations into police actions to be reviewed by Spokane’s police ombudsman have been labeled “timely, thorough and objective.”


Greater ombudsman powers urged

A coalition of organizations called on Spokane City Hall last week to create stronger oversight of its police force, but some elected leaders say they want to give the new …


Groups criticize police oversight

A coalition of groups fighting for stronger police oversight said Tuesday that a new police contract shouldn’t stop the city from giving the new police ombudsman more authority.


Union releases deal’s terms

City Hall’s largest union will give up half of its promised 2010 pay raise to prevent layoffs, if the Spokane City Council signs off on a new agreement. Officials last …


City Council backs strong police oversight

The Spokane City Council sent a message Monday to Mayor Mary Verner: Push for stronger independent oversight over police. In a unanimous decision, the council requested that Verner negotiate with …


Verner foresees police cuts

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s annual state of the city address Monday made a dire prediction about the likelihood of winning police concessions to prevent job losses next year. “We will …


Spokane’s police ombudsman ready to listen, earn trust

Spokane’s first police ombudsman, Tim Burns, started work late last month, nearly a year after the City Council created the position amid public outcry over police conduct. Burns, 55, moved …


Officer on desk duty pending trial

The Spokane police officer facing federal charges in connection with the 2006 death of Otto Zehm will remain on the city’s payroll but has been reassigned to desk duty while …


Spokane City Council OKs police overseer

After years of debate, Spokane on Monday hired its first independent police ombudsman. But exactly how independent and effective the new overseer can be remains part of a contentious debate.


Spokane hires first police ombudsman

After years of debate, Spokane on Monday hired its first independent police ombudsman.


Police union likes ombudsman choice

The president of the Spokane Police Guild said Wednesday he’s pleased with Mayor Mary Verner’s decision to name Tim Burns the city’s first police ombudsman.


Spokane’s first police ombudsman selected

A retired police officer now working as a neighborhood preservation advocate in California is Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s choice to serve as the city’s first police ombudsman.


Editorial: Ombudsman pick should come with explanation

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will soon name the city’s first ombudsman for the Police Department. When she does, the public deserves a detailed explanation for why she chose one candidate …


Protest outdraws ombudsman forum

The warmest day of the year appeared to be enough to keep crowds from a Friday meet and greet with the three finalists vying to be Spokane’s first police ombudsman. …


Few show up to meet ombudsman candidates

The warmest day of year appeared to be enough to keep crowds from a Friday meet and greet with the three finalists vying to be Spokane’s first police ombudsman. Fewer …


Spokane unveils top ombudsman candidates

More than two years after former Mayor Dennis Hession announced support for a new job to oversee police actions, city leaders on Monday announced the top candidates to become Spokane’s …


Police ombudsman search thins field to 9

Times are tough out there. One hundred and twenty-eight people applied to be Spokane’s first police ombudsman.


Ombudsman search starts

The city of Spokane has begun the search for a police ombudsman, a position that got strong public support after several recent controversies, including the 2006 death of mentally disabled …


City reaches deal with police guild about oversight

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and the Spokane Police Guild have reached a tentative agreement on a new ombudsman’s office that would review citizen complaints but leave officer discipline to the …


Center for Justice criticizes ombudsman plan

The law firm representing the family of Otto Zehm is critical of Mayor Mary Verner’s suggestion that the city doesn’t need a full-time police ombudsman.


Verner says city can’t afford full-time ombudsman

Spokane can’t afford a full-time police ombudsman, says Mayor Mary Verner. Instead, Verner has proposed contracting for ombudsman services to keep costs lower.


Police oversight a campaign issue

In most elections, candidates for office in the city of Spokane face a basic question about police: Are there enough of them to do the job? Candidates might argue yes …


Consultant: Get rid of police review board

Spokane’s all-volunteer Citizen’s Review Commission no longer has the trust of the public to monitor police misconduct and should be replaced by a full-time police ombudsman appointed by and answerable …


New police oversight in works

A new model for citizen oversight of police in Spokane is needed and on the way, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told an audience Tuesday night as they flooded her with …