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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane police officer apologizes, gets one-day suspension for shouting death threats at suspect

Officer Dan Lesser received one day of unpaid suspension for shouting vulgar death threats and failing to immediately activate his body camera during a February arrest in which he released …


Spokane’s Proposition 1 would make bargaining between the city and unions public

The proposal is intended to bring more transparency to talks between City Hall and public employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, firefighters and police. The initiative is sponsored by Better …


Police Guild watches its watchdog, escalates protest against investigation into violent arrest

In an escalation of its protest against an investigation into a violent February arrest, the Spokane Police Guild has filed a public records request for the communications of numerous city …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Spokane Police Guild joins calls for Rep. Matt Shea’s resignation over gathering of ‘intelligence’ on City Council members

The demands follow reporting by The Spokesman-Review that revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker collected “intelligence” on local progressive leaders, including Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, Councilwoman Lori Kinnear and …


Police union endorses Woodward as candidates spar on approach to public safety

As public safety and police accountability continue to play a central role, the Spokane Police Guild has endorsed Nadine Woodward for mayor in the primary election.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude ombudsman from officer misconduct investigation should be rejected clearly

If Mayor David Condon doesn’t reject a Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude the police ombudsman from an investigation, he’ll render the ombudsman system meaningless


The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City …


Spokane Police oversight panel files formal complaint against department alleging lack of access to reports, footage

The Police Ombudsman Commission is arguing that members of the department are withholding certain information needed to perform civilian oversight of law enforcement. The complaint comes in the midst of …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018

Spokane Police Guild president says Councilman Breean Beggs falsely represented union comments

The president of the union representing Spokane’s police brass pushed back Thursday on comments made by Councilman Breean Beggs about a proposal that would allow the city to post some …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Wanted: Trust in Spokane police force

It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Condon pushes City Council to pass oversight ordinance before police union talks

Mayor David Condon said he’s received legal guidance that negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild should not begin until after a new ordinance on police oversight is approved or discarded, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild

In a letter to Mayor David Condon agreed to Monday night, the Spokane City Council requested negotiations with the police union include caps on overtime hours and a more defined …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017

Former Spokane Police Guild president accused of telling officer about rape investigation suspended for month

The former Spokane Police Guild president accused of sharing confidential information about a rape investigation involving a fellow officer will be suspended for a four weeks without pay.


Spokane police oversight still a concern in new round of law enforcement bargaining

Contracts with the unions representing police officers and supervisors are up for renewal at the end of the year. At the same time, the City Council is set to consider …


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 …


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 …


Spokane Police Guild gives chief nominee Craig Meidl their blessing

The Spokane Police Guild this week voiced its support for Craig Meidl as the chief of police. Their endorsement follows a similar show of support from the Lieutenants and Captains …


Police ombudsman, union set to negotiate access to body camera footage

Bart Logue, Spokane’s interim police ombudsman, wants his assistant to be able to access body camera footage captured by officers in the field. But the union representing officers argue the …


Mistrial declared in ex-police union president John Gately’s obstruction trial

A mistrial was declared Tuesday afternoon in the week-long trial of former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately Gately was accused of obstructing an investigation into a fellow officer accused …


Trial begins for former Spokane Police Guild president

The trial of former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately on a misdemeanor charge related to phone calls he made to a fellow officer accused of rape is scheduled to …


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 …


Judge tosses charges against police union president accused of tipping off fellow officer suspected of rape

A judge threw out two criminal charges that the president of the Spokane Police Guild tipped off a fellow officer suspected of sexually assaulting another officer during a booze-fueled party …


Former Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigns for dishonesty, still accredited in state

Jeremy Jeske, 44, remains an accredited law enforcement agent in Washington state despite resigning after being confronted with lies in an investigation involving fraudulent vehicle inspections.


No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim

City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. …


Spokane police Chief Frank Straub gets candid about cameras

Law enforcement in Spokane County is about to enter a new era in which almost all interactions between officers and citizens will be recorded. It’s an era sparked in Spokane …


Spokane Police Guild members overwhelmingly approve contract

Members of the Spokane Police Guild voted overwhelmingly Friday to accept a five-year labor contract that includes new provisions for investigations by the police ombudsman. The contract, already approved by …


Spokane Police Guild votes to approve new contract

Members of the Spokane Police Guild voted overwhelmingly Friday to accept a five-year labor contract that includes new provisions for investigations by the police ombudsman.


City Council approves new Spokane police contract, oversight law

Three more months of public debate, news conferences and negotiations have led to the Spokane City Council’s approval of a new police oversight law and union contract. After unanimously rejecting …


City Council praises new 5-year police labor deal

City leaders appear ready to back a new labor contract for the Spokane’s police union.


Condon gives annual speech at North Central High

Spokane mayors usually give their annual State of the City addresses at a high-priced breakfast to people in business suits. On Thursday, Mayor David Condon broke tradition by giving his …