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Shonto Pete asks City Council to pay his medical bills

Shonto Pete addresses Spokane City Council Monday night Shonto Pete addresses Spokane City Council Monday night

SPOKANE, Wash. - Days after Spokane police officer Jay Olsen was acquitted of assault charges, the man he shot went before the city council Monday night asking for money to pay his medical bills.

Shonto Pete addressed the council in open forum. He said he wanted some answers about why Olsen will receive more than $150,000 in back pay and possibly have his legal fees paid, while he himself was left with thousands of dollars in legal fees and medical bills.

Council president Joe Shogun told Pete the council could not discuss the matter with him because Pete has filed a lawsuit against the city.  He suggested Pete discuss the matter with his attorney.

Pete told Shogun he came to address the council only after Spokane Mayor Mary Verner suggested it to him.

Olsen has said all along he shot Pete because the man stole his truck, a crime for which Pete was acquitted. Civil service rules require the city to pay Olsen since he was found not guilty. He is now on paid administrative leave.

Pete has filed a $750,000 dollar claim against Olsen and the city.

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