Sergeant Placed on Leave Following Use of Force Allegations
Independent Investigation of the Incident Requested
Spokane County Sheriff Nowels was made aware of allegations of excessive use of force by a Sergeant Friday afternoon, September 29, 2023. Saturday, the Sergeant was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The Spokane Police Department has been asked to conduct an independent investigation into this mid-August incident.
The Sheriff was notified about the incident by the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office following a meeting with a local defense attorney on September 29.
Sheriff Nowels stated, “Allegations of misconduct by law enforcement are very concerning to our community and myself. That is why I immediately asked the Spokane Police Department to investigate the actions of the Sergeant independently. I trust the Spokane Police Department to conduct a thorough, complete, and unbiased investigation into the Sergeant’s actions and this incident. All reports and body-worn camera video have been turned over, and we will continue to cooperate with investigators. An internal investigation will be conducted following the completion of the independent investigation, which is standard policy.”
“I want to assure the public we serve that this investigation will be complete, and that the rights of all individuals involved will be protected.” Sheriff Nowels concluded.