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Every Sheriff’s Deputy in Spokane County will soon have a body worn camera, a purchase law enforcement and public officials say will make policing more transparent.

On Tuesday Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted to divide the cost of purchasing body worn cameras with the county. That vote means the Sheriff’s Office has the funds to equip every deputy with a camera by the end of this year.

“This is a tool that will serve as good insurance for our office, to be able to protect them and highlight the good work that they’re doing.”

Spokane County Sheriff Deputies To Equip Body Cameras

Mar 29, 2021
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Every sheriff’s deputy in Spokane County could soon be equipped with body cameras by the end of this year.

The Spokane Police Department has had body cameras for years, along with Lincoln County, which borders Spokane County. Leaders in Spokane County had previously hesitated when asked to purchase them, over concerns about how much it could cost the county to respond to public records requests.

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The man convicted of killing a Kootenai County family and a child in California has died while awaiting execution.

The Prosecutors Office in Riverside County, California confirmed Joseph E. Duncan died on Sunday. Duncan had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and according to court documents filed in January, he had less than six months to live. He was sentenced to death in 2005.

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The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that a corrections’ officer's use of lethal force against a 70-year-old woman last December was justified.

According to a news release, Sgt. Justin White shot Nancy King after King allegedly pulled a knife and tried to force her way into the jail lobby. The release says White ordered her to drop the weapon before he shot, and she continued to walk toward him.

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A Spokane County Sheriff Deputy is on administrative leave after a confrontation that left a Chattaroy landowner in the hospital.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office, the landowner called law enforcement after discovering a theft on his property. After calling the sheriff’s office, he went to his property to secure it, and was armed. According to the release, the Sheriff’s Office was not informed that he had returned.

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The man convicted of killing a Kootenai County family and abducting their children may never face the death penalty.

Joseph E. Duncan has been on death row for more than a decade, but may not survive to his execution date. Duncan, according to court filings, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

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The city of Spokane released a report Wednesday that shows disparities in interactions between police the community.

The city hired a consulting firm to analyze the last three years of data that includes arrests and other interactions with the public. The firm found racial disparities in 911 and Crime Check calls to police and disparities in use of force.

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The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a 5-year police contract that will give police officers raises and remove barriers to civilian oversight.

City Council Members and Mayor Nadine Woodward have praised the contract, saying it complies with a city charter amendment passed in 2013. The charter required the city to allow a police ombudsman to independently investigate potential police conduct and publish reports on his findings.

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After four years of negotiating the city of Spokane is set to adopt a new police contract on Monday.

The contract has garnered praise from most city leaders, but some fear it still gives the Spokane Police Guild too much power over the office voters approved to oversee police misconduct.  

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Spokane County Jail staff have asked for a $32 million temporary jail to replace an aging facility near the airport they argue is near the end of its usable life.

The Geiger Jail facility is a 50-year-old former military base which can handle around 300 inmates. Spokane County Detention Services Director Mike Sparber said it has serious sewage and infrastructure problems that could cost millions to fix.

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After four years of negotiating the city could soon have a new police contract.

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward announced the contract in a press conference Friday and members of the city council and police union both voiced their support.