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Spokane County sergeant placed on leave following use of force allegations

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane County Sheriff has placed a sergeant on administrative leave over allegations he used excessive force during an incident. 

Spokane County Sheriff John Nowles was told about an incident that occurred on Aug. 14. The Spokane County Prosecuting Office are following these allegations and made the Sheriff aware. 

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.”

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