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The reason why the community is not allowed oversight is very clear. The police would then find themselves under the scrutiny and accountability they have not had under the chief or city officials. The community would see what has/is really been happening and many in the Spokane Police department would find their jobs in jeopardy. I lived in Spokane for 19 years and knew of many instances of harrassment and brutality. I had the police surround my vehicle for no reason, after I had picked up a friend from the jail. An Ombudsman from the community to help monitor the police is necessary. If it does not happen then the community of Spokane needs answers to two questions. Why are the police not responsible and accountable to those who pay their salaries? What is the Spokane Police department hiding and covering up now?
The Otto Zehm coverup was only exposed because of the video cameras and the diligence of a handful of people. It bothers me that the city attorney and all involved did nothing in this case when it happened. The police and the city of Spokane were mistreating many people who they consider to be "trouble." I hope the federal charges and indictments fall heavy on the police and the city for the murder of Otto. Until the charges happen, the city officials and police will continue to do nothing to change policies and procedures. I also hope those police and city officials who have not stepped forward about harassment and brutality do so before another citizen dies needlessly.
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