Independent Oversight Needed for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office
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Petition Summary and Background:
Unlike many other jurisdictions, including the City of Spokane, Spokane County lacks independent oversight of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, particularly review of incidents that result in the death or injury of citizens. While most incidents involving use of force are justified, there are examples where law enforcement action is inconsistent with County policies or the law. Independent oversight provides impartial review and helps protect the trust of our community in the officers charged to protect us.
Action Petitioned for:
We, the undersigned, are concerned Spokane County citizens who urge the Spokane County Board of Commissioners to enact a County Code requiring the appointment of an independently-appointed law enforcement oversight commission with the ability to review law enforcement-involved use of force and incidents that result in the injury and/or death of citizens. This Commission must have the authority to investigate incidents and issue findings as to the consistency of officer actions with County policies and applicable law.
[Note: RTC was asked by concerned citizens to post online this petition that is circulating in a hard copy version. RTC supports the need for oversight of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office]
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