Stories tagged: use of force
UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2020
Spokane Police Department fires officer who kicked handcuffed suspect in genitals; union authorizes grievance process
The Spokane Police Department fired an officer Tuesday who kicked a handcuffed suspect in the genitals during a July arrest. Prosecutors determined the kick appeared retaliatory, but the man did …
Sat., Dec. 28, 2019
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019
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 …
Thu., Oct. 31, 2019
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: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019
Spokane police Officer Daniel Lesser was placed on administrative leave after he fired two rounds at Charles E. Jackson Jr. on the afternoon of July 6. Jackson had allegedly pointed …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019
The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file criminal charges Wednesday against Spokane police officer Kristopher Henderson in relation to an internal excessive force complaint in July.
Fri., July 26, 2019
A Spokane Police Department officer was placed on administrative leave Friday following an Internal Affairs review that determined an application of use of force appeared to violate department policy.
Wed., Nov. 7, 2018
Use of force review board: Yakima police officer ‘reasonable’ in kicking pepper-sprayed teen at fair
A Yakima police officer who was videotaped kicking a teenager who’d been pepper-sprayed has been put back on patrol and will not face administrative action after a use of force …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Spokane, unlike other municipalities, is vague in its application of less-than-lethal tactics as laid out in the police department’s Use of Force Policy, Logue said. Specifically, there’s little clarity in …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Feds retreat from police reforms leaves Spokane without confirmation of major progress
Trump administration’s retreat from police reform efforts leaves Spokane without a final grade on its yearslong changes regarding transparency, oversight and community relations.
Sun., June 25, 2017
A Western Washington woman shot by police in 2014 has filed a federal lawsuit contending her civil rights were violated.
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017
Seattle police are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman by two officers who responded to a burglary report at her apartment.
Sun., May 28, 2017
Even if we don’t carry a gun, at the least we may want to understand why cases sometimes end up with a verdict that may not make sense to us.
Tue., April 18, 2017
The Montana Department of Justice has determined that a sheriff’s deputy was justified in his use of force against an 84-year-old man who was shocked several times with a stun …
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors approved a campus safety policy that creates stricter use-of-force guidelines and requires quarterly data reporting.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017
A Spokane Police officer has been on desk duty for a year after body camera footage showed an “atrocious” encounter with a suspect in the back seat of his car, …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016
Proving bad faith and malice is an exercise in mind-reading. Absent a confession, it’s futile.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016
A coalition of parents, advocates and local organizations petitioned Spokane Public Schools to revise the district’s use of force policy earlier this month, raising concerns that the policy was too …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
A bill that would make it easier to charge police officers with crimes for improper use of deadly force received its first public hearing Wednesday, drawing testimony from many who …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice wants Portland police to require officers who use deadly force to file immediate accounts of what occurred in use of force reports.
Tue., Jan. 19, 2016
Spokane police will now count neck restraints, pepper spray, tear gas and batons as uses of force and require a new Use of Force Review Board to review incidents monthly.
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
Spokane police have completed five of 42 Department of Justice recommendations on improving training and policies related to use of force, according to a
Sun., June 7, 2015
When Jen Wagner told her story, her last encounter with law enforcement was fresh in her mind. The 26-year-old college student is a patient at the Spokane Regional Health District …
Sun., May 10, 2015
As protests over police shootings continue across the U.S., outfitting officers with body cameras has become a go-to solution for many who say the technology will provide objective evidence and …
Wed., April 1, 2015
Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell ruled Tuesday that a Spokane County detention officer was justified in shooting at a fleeing jail inmate inside Deaconess Hospital in July. Detention Officer Sandy …
Sun., March 8, 2015
Most use-of-force incidents are viewed with the clarity of 20-20 hindsight by those not involved in the incident, or those with little knowledge of the use-of-force continuum. One of the …
Tue., Feb. 24, 2015
PASCO – The high-profile attorney who represented the family of a black man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he’ll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican …
Thu., Feb. 19, 2015
Spokane’s police chief says his department may not deploy the 220 police body cameras the city already has purchased until the state Legislature finalizes rules about publicly releasing footage. And …
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015
In its final meeting before it disbands, the city’s Use of Force Commission lauded the improvements made by the Spokane Police Department in the last two years. But members also …