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UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

‘Why are you trying to get me fired?’: Ex-activist re-engages after interaction with Spokane police

On a December night, police in search of Vincent Gardner, a white man suspected of domestic violence, arrived at Mister Car Wash and questioned a black man they found outside. …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Spokane police investigating shooting at apartment complex near South Perry District

Spokane police responded to a reported shooting at an apartment complex near the Perry District on Thursday morning.


Shawn Vestal: Even if it’s just another ho-hum car prowling, report it to the cops

It happened Monday night for roughly the 10th time in the 20 years I’ve lived in Spokane. Someone broke into my car.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Two officers wounded, suspect killed in shooting near Seattle

A confrontation between police and a man in a car erupted in gunfire early Tuesday, leaving two officers wounded and the suspect dead, authorities said.


Spokane police officer under investigation for kicking handcuffed man in genitals

A Spokane police officer kicked a handcuffed man in the genitals during a July arrest after the suspect surrendered but resisted restraints and allegedly kicked an officer, spurring an ongoing …


NYC ups policing in Jewish areas after spate of attacks

New York City is increasing its police presence in some Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations after possibly anti-Semitic attacks during the Hanukkah holiday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said after …


Spokane Police Department preparing to update body cameras, Tasers with new $2.8 million contract

The deal, approved by the Spokane City Council on Monday, will combine several services and allow the department to upgrade their technology once again within five years. The new cameras …


Shawn Vestal: Stats show crime continues to fall in Spokane, whatever people ‘feel’ about it

In June, as the election campaign was grinding into life, the city’s CompStat crime-reporting system showed that the number of crimes reported citywide were trending downward from the previous year. …


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 …