Spokane City Council funds more shelter beds, Congress members tour migrant detention centers, and other headlines


NATION: Some current and former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are members of a secret Facebook group where they joked about the death of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of congress, and posted a sexually explicit illustration involving Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ProPublica reports.


Over a dozen Democratic members of Congress travelled to the southern border to tour two detention facilities for migrants in Texas the same day that ProPublica's report on the secret Border Patrol Facebook page. They criticized not only the conditions of the facilities but also the behavior documented in ProPublica's reporting. (New York Times)

Show 'em
The Democratically controlled House filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Treasury Department to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns. Trump's administration has so far refused requests for his financial documents. (New York Times)

Shots fired
After Spokane County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Thurman was fired last month for allegedly talking about killing black people with another officer, he's responded by filing a tort claim for $12.5 million in damages, alleging that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich defamed him at a press conference regarding his termination. (Spokesman-Review)
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More beds
The Spokane City Council passed plan to buy property near Spokane Valley to build a homeless shelter that could serve over 100 people starting this fall. The city is reportedly splitting the $1.8 million cost of the property with Spokane County. Additionally, the council also approved funding for 80 new beds specifically for children, women and families to make up for previous cuts to services.  (Spokesman-Review)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.