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Stories tagged: police

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Respect your local police – or else?’

Let’s get two things straight right off the bat. The first is that, in the last few years, no one has protested police wrongdoing more vociferously than African Americans.

10 wounded in shooting near New Orleans’ French Quarter

Ten people were shot and wounded early Sunday near the French Quarter in New Orleans, a popular spot for tourists. Hours later in another part of town, another shooting killed …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Two Montana residents accused of trafficking meth through Post Falls

Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies arrested Robert P. Chiefstick, 45, and Rosalyn M. Redwood, 36, after a traffic stop Tuesday night.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Act of kindness softens police sorrow over spilled doughnuts

The loss of Krispy Kreme doughnuts documented by police in Georgia has come to a bittersweet ending.

Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong campus protest

A small band of anti-government protesters, their numbers diminished by surrenders and failed escape attempts, remained holed up at a Hong Kong university early Wednesday as they braced for the …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Spokane man extends 26-felony rap sheet with 3rd arrest this year

Spokane police have arrested a 46-year-old man for the third time this year, adding to a lengthy rap sheet that already includes 26 felony convictions.

Nichole Gibson: Video shows need for police de-escalation training

Our community pays law enforcement officers to help keep the community safe. Unfortunately, a recently released video demonstrates that some law enforcement officers may have very different ideas than the …

Driver kicks cars, collapses after blocking traffic with flat, Spokane police say

When the initial officer arrived on scene, the man in the vehicle was uninjured but acting irrationally, according to police.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Arrest made in hit-and-run that put child in the hospital

Damon J. Ashe, 36, was arrested and charged with vehicular assault and felony hit and run.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

2 men arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers outside downtown bar

Spokane police said two officers were assaulted early Sunday morning while trying to arrest two disorderly men outside of a Division Street bar.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Mayor David Condon releases 2020 budget, notes ongoing questions for successor

The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting …

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 …

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: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Armed man fatally shot by Spokane police officer near Esmeralda Golf Course identified

The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified the armed man who was shot by a Spokane police officer near Esmeralda Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon as David W. Shafer, 61.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Search continues for SCC student missing since Oct. 8

Over a week after 17-year-old Sara McNease went missing from the Spokane Community College parking lot, police say they have no new information in the case while family continues search …

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., Oct. 10, 2019

Police arrest driver who struck and killed Lime scooter rider, fled scene

A hit and run just before midnight Wednesday, left the pedestrian dead and the driver of the SUV that hit him on the run.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

After 5-hour standoff, SWAT team arrests man inside downtown Spokane gas station he’s accused of setting on fire

Fire engulfed a downtown Spokane gas station after police used gas grenades to try to force the surrender of an armed man barricaded inside.

Hong Kong protesters, police face off in renewed clashes

Protesters in Hong Kong throw gasoline bombs, police fire tear gas in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Women of the Year: Meidl found her calling in policing

Spokane Police Capt. Tracie Meidl developed an affinity for proactive, community-oriented policing early in her career, and she continues to be recognized for taking that approach, even as she’s ascended …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

Spokane Valley police arrest wanted woman after chase

A pursuit in Spokane Valley ended just before 5 a.m. Friday morning after deputies used spike strips and a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT, maneuver to stop the vehicle.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Spokane mayor releases initial 2020 budget, including money for 20 new police hires and $220 million in construction

Mayor David Condon’s final budget proposal for the City of Spokane includes funding for an additional 20 police officials, roadwork designed to ease congestion on the crowded Hamilton arterial and …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Remaining recruits from Spokane Police Academy class of ‘94 honored

Not all 31 recruits who entered the Spokane Police Academy just after Labor Day in 1994 are still on the force, but 11 of them are still going strong 25 …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

Coffee with a Cop event to focus on engaging with those who are hard of hearing

The Spokane Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop event Thursday will focus on offering community members who are deaf or hard of hearing an opportunity to engage with local law …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Police arrest man who allegedly filmed women in changing rooms

Police arrested a man accused of filming women in a changing stall at Hut 8 clothing store in north Spokane on Tuesday.

6 police shot in standoff that ‘could have been far worse’

A gunman barricaded himself inside a Philadelphia rowhouse for 7

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Man in Spokane standoff taken into custody without incident

A man wanted by Spokane police barricaded himself in a multifamily home Wednesday afternoon, but was later taken into custody without incident.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Man suspected of shooting at police says he thought he was being robbed

A felon is accused of causing a crash with a police officer in an unmarked car on the South Hill early Tuesday morning and then shooting at him. .