Originally published by The Spokesman-Review (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/oct/08/spokane-city-council-pares-down-police-oversight/)

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 mayor’s office has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Spokane Police Guild caused council members to back away from stronger ombudsman language – at least for the time being.

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