Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

The People of Spokane vs. Law Enforcement Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, and Cover-up

Court allows suit to proceed against city of Spokane for false arrest by Officer Strickland

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 21, 2007

You might know Corporal Jon Strickland as the Spokane Police contact regarding the attempted suicide on 11/9/07 on the Monroe Street bridge or as a spokesman regarding the loss of an SPD patrol car which burned in the presence of COPS TV cameras or in stories about Spokane’s rash of hit and runs.

Nevertheless, despite his work on these matters, it appears that Corporal Strickland has not managed to avoid internalizing the abusive, bullying attitudes of other Spokane Police officers. A clear example of the type of abusive behavior with which the Spokane Police has become increasing known is the incident described to Spokane Chief of Police Ann Kirkpatrick by community worker Carmen Jacoby during the September 19, 2007 Forum/Chat in the City Council Chambers. In the incident described by Jacoby, a Spokane Police officer stated, “I have a job to do. I have to get these shit bags out of this park” and then threatened to put Jacoby in the back of his patrol car if she did not desist in asking him for his name and badge number and stand back.

(A copy of the DVD of the 9/17/07 Forum/Chat — which includes Jacoby’s testimony — can be obtained by request for $15 from the City media office in the basement of City Hall or for free by e-mailing me at spokanepoliceabuses@gmail.com )

Now, back to Strickland who in 2004 engaged in inappropriate action which has again subjected the people of Spokane to risk of financial responsibility for abusive and disrespectful behavior towards our fellow citizens. The case of the civil suit for false arrest filed by Sharon Bishop is one that any Spokane citizen can understand and appreciate. In fact, the general facts are not unlike those which many a Spokanite has encountered in dealing with the Spokane Police Department. It is an abusive, aggressive attitude which suggests that SPD officers consider themselves without any authority above them in their dealings with the citizenry. In fact, that is true given that Spokane remains the only city of any significance in the northwest United States without independent civilian oversight.

Decision No. 25684 – 7 – III of the Washington State Court of Appeals

Spokesman Review report on the Court decision


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