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Spokane councilman Mike Fagan tries to halt police pact

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan unsuccessfully attempted to derail an employment contract agreement between the city and the police leadership union Monday night, saying “citizens still hold a grudge” against …


Civil suit dismissed against former officer in shooting

Former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who was exonerated two years ago of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of a fleeing, unarmed man, now will avoid any civil responsibility …


Civil suit against former SPD officer dismissed

Former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen won’t face any civil penalties for shooting a fleeing, unarmed man in the head in 2007. U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea …


Defense lawyers claim overkill on Hoopfest charges

Defense attorneys told a judge today that prosecutors don’t have a legal basis for a long list of attempted murder charges levied against three of four men in connection with …


Doug Clark: Off-duty ruling’s a real cop-out

They don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing. Oh, yeah. And the basketball scene is pretty nuts, too.


City out of shooting case

A federal judge ruled Friday that the city of Spokane will not pay any civil penalties levied against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in …


Spokane removed from Shonto Pete lawsuit

A federal judge ruled this morning that the city of Spokane will not be on the hook if a civil suit proceeds against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, …


Protesters call for police oversight

More than 100 people gathered in front of Spokane City Hall on Thursday evening to rally for police accountability and changes to an oversight process they see as flawed. Carrying …


Protesters rally for police accountability

More than 100 protesters gathered in front of Spokane City Hall Thursday night to rally for police accountability and changes to an oversight process they see as flawed.


Report clears dispatcher in Pete shooting

An internal investigation has cleared a Spokane police dispatcher of wrongdoing after questions arose over the truthfulness of his testimony in the acquittal of an off-duty officer who shot a …


Olsen incidents could have led to criminal charges

The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to …


Olsen flashed badge to try to see judge

The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to …


Officer Olsen quits on brink of firing

Suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen, acquitted by a jury last month for shooting a man in the head during a drunken off-duty chase through Peaceful Valley two years ago, …


Jay Olsen resigns from Spokane Police Department

Suspended Spokane Police Officer Jay Olsen, acquitted by a jury last month for shooting a man in the head during a drunken off-duty chase through Peaceful Valley, resigned Monday. The …


Native Americans air concerns over verdict

Native Americans confronted city officials on Tuesday evening with their frustration over the acquittal of an off-duty Spokane police officer who shot a young American Indian man. Mayor Mary Verner …


In Olsen case, responsibility lies with prosecutor

Sure, the jury blew the Jay Olsen verdict. Like all of you, I’m enraged that a boozed-up, off-duty cop shot Shonto Pete in the head and got away with it.


Caller disputes 911 testimony

Two people who helped a bleeding Shonto Pete after shots rang out in Peaceful Valley and called 911 at Pete’s request are challenging a police dispatcher’s testimony last week in …


Police launch Olsen inquiry

The Spokane Police Department has launched its internal investigation of suspended officer Jay Olsen amid public outrage over Friday’s jury verdict that acquitted Olsen of shooting a man in the …


Doug Clark: Protect your head for when cops lose theirs

The responses I’m receiving about last Friday’s acquittal of Jay Olsen – the boozed-up off-duty cop who shot Shonto Pete in the head after a wild chase two years ago …


Police begin probe into Shonto Pete shooting

The Spokane Police Department has launched its internal investigation of suspended officer Jay Olsen amid widespread public outrage over Friday’s jury verdict that acquitted Olsen of shooting a man in …


Doug Clark: Just blame our biggest drawback

Hear ye. Hear ye. The Column is now in session, and we have three items on today’s docket. •Item 1 – So suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted …


Olsen cleared in shooting

Suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment Friday for shooting Shonto Pete in the head and firing four other bullets in Peaceful Valley …


Suspended officer found not guilty in shooting

Suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment for shooting Shonto Pete in the head and firing four other bullets in Peaceful Valley on …


Officer Olsen’s fate rests with jurors

The fate of suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen, charged with shooting Shonto Pete in the head and sending a volley of bullets into Peaceful Valley two years ago, is …


Doug Clark: Case is clear as a muddy Peaceful Valley slope

Let’s get a few things straight. I don’t care that Jay Olsen is gay. Nor do I give a hoot that Olsen enjoyed spending some of his off-duty cop hours …


‘I knew this could be my whole career,’ Olsen testifies

After he shot Shonto Pete in the head on a February night in Peaceful Valley, suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen said, he felt his life imploding. He didn’t call …


Shooting justified, expert says

The defense of suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen relies on an erased 911 tape, an expert who said Olsen was justified in shooting Shonto Pete in the head, and …


Olsen defense cites sexuality, erased 911 call

The defense of suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen relies on an erased 911 tape, an expert who said Olsen was justified in shooting Shonto Pete in the head and …


Olsen hit with damages suit

In the midst of his assault trial, suspended Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen has been hit with a federal lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages for shooting Shonto Pete in the …


Olsen hit with lawsuit in midst of trial

In the midst of his first-degree assault trial, suspended Spokane police officer Jay Olsen has been hit with a new federal lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages for shooting Shonto Pete …