Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CITY HALL EYEBALL: Drunken cop hasn't withdrawn HRC complaint

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 3:32 PM

The state Human Rights Commission hasn't received any paperwork from former Spokane Police Officer Brad Thoma to withdraw his complaint against the city, according to the commission.

"He hasn't given paperwork. He may have requested it, though," Laura Lindstrand, a policy analyst for commission, told The Inlander this afternoon. "It is still an ongoing investigation at this time."

The Spokane City Council last night voted to rejecta settlement that would have reinstated Thoma to the police force andawarded him over $275,000 in back pay. Thoma left the force afterdriving drunk while off duty, hitting another vehicle and leaving thescene of the accident.

Lindstrand says that if Thoma in fact asked for his complaint to be withdrawn, the commission would have to vote at the end of March to terminate the investigation.  

The city has not heard from the commission since media reports stated that Thoma was withdrawing his complaint, city spokeswoman Marlene Feist said earlier today. 

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