Category: News Stories

City announces new police contract agreement

Originally published by the Inlander ( by Heidi Groover City and Spokane Police Guild negotiators have reached a new tentative contract agreement they hope will satisfy the city council, which rejected an earlier agreement and has repeatedly called for more authority for the police ombudsman. The new agreement maintains the current structure in which the […]

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Town hall meeting on police oversight tonight

Originally published by Inlander ( by Heidi Groover   There was a moment last month when things seemed to be falling apart for Mayor David Condon. The city council had, in a rushed emergency vote, unanimously rejected a contract agreement the mayor had spent 21 months hashing out with the Spokane Police Guild. Council members […]

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Education Deform: School-to-Prison Pipeline

Originally published by Dissident Voice ( by Paul Haeder As a preface here, as I have done many times as my role as writer for DV, I have to default to the local, as in, where you see fault lines and bright lines in a local situation, you can pretty much make the larger microcosmic statement […]

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Bullets and Bookbags

Originally published by the Inlander ( by Daniel Walters The production assistant from ABC’s 20/20 team thought he’d found a story in Coeur d’Alene. Supposedly, school district teachers there had begun carrying concealed handguns to protect against school shooters. It was only when he called the district that he learned he’d been duped. The story […]

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Recent Headlines on Police Accountability

Local stories on  issues of police accountability for October: KHQ story on collecting data on race Spokesman story on City Council Ordinance for police oversight Inlander Blog on new police contract Inlander story on race data collection Inlander story on police oversight Inlander Blog with more on Ombudsman vote Center for Justice article on police oversight […]

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More from this week’s ombudsman vote

Originally published by the Inlander ( by Heidi Groover In this week’s issue, we have a story on the lengthy, and increasingly bizarre, struggle to empower Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman. Police accountability advocates have long pushed for independent investigative powers for the office, but the city’s contract with the Spokane Police Guild hasn’t allowed […]

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The Race Card

Originally published by the Inlander ( by Jacob Jones In a new program to track police interactions and deter racial profiling, Spokane Police officers will start packing statistic forms while out patrolling their beats next year. Every time an officer questions a citizen or makes a traffic stop, the officer will have to fill out […]

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Spokane City Council pares down police oversight ordinance

Originally published by The Spokesman-Review ( by Mike Prager Spokane City Council members voted unanimously Monday to create a new citizen Police Ombudsman Commission to oversee future investigations of officer misconduct and police performance. Council members backed away from a proposal to empower the existing police ombudsman to conduct independent investigations. An announcement last week that the […]

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