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Stories tagged: police ombudsman

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Spokane police ombudsman concerned about ‘alarming’ change that could skirt use-of-force oversight

The chief watchdog of the Spokane Police Department raised a red flag on Tuesday about what he said is an “alarming,” crucial and unannounced change to how uses of force …

Spokane police updates use-of-force policy to emphasize use of de-escalation techniques

The update, released Oct. 4, includes a new section on de-escalation, reporting of ethical misconduct and deadly force.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

New tool offers public a way to analyze police use of force

An interactive use-of-force dashboard was launched on Tuesday on the Office of Police Ombudsman’s website.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Commission renews Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue’s contract

With glowing praise, the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday to renew Bart Logue’s contract to serve as the civilian watchdog of the Spokane Police Department …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Commission to decide if Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue keeps job

The Police Ombudsman Commission will meet in executive session on Tuesday to discuss a possible contract extension for Police Ombudsman Bart Logue.

Logue wins job as permanent police ombudsman

Bart Logue, a former diplomat and Marine Corps provost marshal, the equivalent of a police chief, will work under a three-year contract as permanent ombudsman.

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 …

Body camera footage access extended to members of Police Ombudsman Office

The Spokane Police Guild and Interim Police Ombudsman Bart Logue have come to an agreement expanding access to officers’ body camera footage. Logue’s assistant will have access to digitally stored …

Interim ombudsman asks community for police oversight goals

Police ombudsman Bart Logue wants Spokane residents to give him a goal. Speaking to about 15 people at a Tuesday night forum, Logue said he wanted to hear ideas about …

Spokane police ombudsman search to start over after Canadian candidate’s visa denied

Spokane must start over on finding a new police ombudsman. Raheel Humayun, the Canadian citizen who was offered the job of Spokane Ombudsman in November, was denied a visa, according …

Breean Beggs offers new police ombudsman plan to minimize union influence

Spokane’s police ombudsman could be in a much stronger position to conduct independent investigations by the end of the year if City Councilman Breean Beggs has his way. Beggs says …

Condon, Stuckart urge commission to give interim ombudsman the permanent job

After fifteen months of uncertainty and turmoil in the police ombudsman office, Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart think it’s time to move on. In a letter to …

Visa request of man picked to be Spokane police ombudsman denied, but commission hasn’t given up

It looks like it was prudent for the Spokane police ombudsman commission to

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 5, 2015

Breeden turns down interim ombudsman job

Robert Breeden, the ombudsman commission’s top pick for the city’s police oversight position, has turned down an offer to do the job for four months while the city continues vetting …

Negotiations begin with Spokane police ombudsman finalist

Robert Breeden, the former Florida cop offered Spokane’s top police oversight job, said Thursday he’s looking forward to discussing the details of the offer with the city.

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 …

Speakers favor Florida candidate for Spokane police ombudsman

Spokane residents at a public forum Tuesday expressed strong support for hiring Robert Breeden as Spokane’s new police ombudsman, but some speakers said they’d prefer the city continue the search …

Speakers favor Florida candidate for Spokane police ombudsman

Spokane residents expressed strong support for hiring Robert Breeden as Spokane’s new police ombudsman at a public forum Tuesday, but some speakers said they’d prefer the city continue the search …

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2015

Dolezal ousted from ombudsman commission

Rachel Dolezal, the embattled former leader of Spokane’s NAACP branch, was removed this afternoon from the city’s police ombudsman commission.

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 …

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 …

Outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns wants Spokane to focus on the progress

In his last days in office, outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns said ongoing mistrust of Spokane police is rooted in past events, and that it’s time for the community to …

Commission accepts ombudsman’s resignation

After formally accepting the resignation of police ombudsman Tim Burns on Wednesday, members of the Police Ombudsman Commission appointed one of their own to serve on the selection committee to …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014

Spokane police ombudsman announces retirement

After five and a half years on the job, Spokane’s first police ombudsman announced Friday he’ll be retiring in early 2015.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane police reform to get federal report card

The feds are getting ready to give the Spokane Police Department a report card of sorts – a wide-ranging set of recommendations arising from a two-year review of department practices. …