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This letter was sent to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker by the Spokane City Council asking for quicker reviews of Officer Involved Shooting cases This letter was sent to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker by the Spokane City Council asking for quicker reviews of Officer Involved Shooting cases
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to send a letter to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker asking for quicker reviews of officer-involved shootings. 

The letter cited that recently the Department of Justice questioned the length of time it has taken for many officer-involved shootings to be reviewed, saying some have taken up to a year. 

The letter also stated that the council understands review of the incidents must be taken with great care, but the council believes that a process that takes months or sometimes more does not best serve the people of Spokane. 

The council asked Tucker to allocate the necessary resources to the shootings so that the review process is completed in a timely manner. 

Read the full letter here: 
Honorable Steven Tucker, Spokane County Prosecutor,

We write you today to urge swift action in regards to the criminal review process as it relates to officer involved shootings concerning the Spokane Police Department.

We understand that the criminal review process must be undertaken with great care. But we also believe that a process which can take months and sometime more than a year to come to a close does not serve the best interests of the citizens of Spokane or the police officers who are involved in these incidences. In the past, there have been times where the process has taken up to a year for the Prosecutor’s to a render a decision on whether to pursue charges. Recently, the Department of Justice questioned the length of time that it has taken many officer involved shooting cases to undergo prosecutorial review. We echo their concerns that delays and extensions in the review process, unless tied to new evidence or extenuating circumstances, do not serve the best interests of the people or the law enforcement personnel involved.

To that end, we respectfully request that your office allocate the necessary resources to pending and future officer involved shooting incidences so that the review process is completed in a timely manner in order to assure that the public and the police officers involved will have closure sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,

Ben Stuckart
Council President

Jon Snyder 

Councilmember   

Candace Mumm
Councilmember

Amber Waldref
Councilmember 

Mike Allen
Councilmember

Steve Salvatori
Councilmember

Mike Fagan

Councilmember 

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