Native Americans frustrated by Olsen verdict - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Native Americans frustrated by Olsen verdict

Shonto Pete Shonto Pete
Olsen during trial Olsen during trial
Olsen hugging friends and family immediately following acquittal Olsen hugging friends and family immediately following acquittal
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner Spokane Mayor Mary Verner

SPOKANE, Wash. - Some Native Americans are expressing frustration to city officials over the acquittal of an off-duty Spokane police officer who shot a young Indian man.

Mayor Mary Verner and police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick got an earful when they attended a forum at the NATIVE Project and health clinic on Tuesday night.

On March 13, a Spokane County Superior Court jury found suspended Officer Jay Olsen innocent in the shooting of Shonto Pete after a chase two years earlier in which both men were drunk.

Some Indian speakers contended there is racial profiling by the police, they do not trust officers and the city lacks cultural awareness.

Olsen to receive back pay

(3/16/09) Less than a week after Spokane Police officer Jay Olsen was found not guilty on assault charges, the city has released what he will receive in back pay. Civil service laws require the city to pay Olsen since he was acquitted of the charges.

The officer will receive $152,510.71 including regular wages, shift differential, estimated overtime and deferred compensation matching. Olsen was accused of wrongfully shooting Shonto Pete in February of 2007 after Olsen says Pete stole his truck.

Pete was acquitted by a jury of the charge he stole the truck. Olsen is now on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the Police Department.

Olsen found not guilty on all charges

(3/13/09) The jury in the trial of suspended officer Jay Olsen has found him not guilty on charges of First Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment. The charges stemmed from a February 2007 shooting involving Shonto Pete. The verdict was handed down just after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Pete says he was shot by Olsen in an incident that occurred on February 26, 2007. Olsen and a female acquaintance were leaving Dempsey's Brass Rail in downtown Spokane about 2:30 a.m. that morning and were seated in her car while Olsen's pickup was left running to warm up.

Pete says he approached Olsen's car to ask for a ride and says he was chased off. Pete says Olsen chased him down over an embankment that leads to Peaceful Valley where Olsen fired five shots, one of which hit him in the head.

The First-Degree Assault charge is based on the shooting and wounding of Pete. The Reckless Endangerment counts are based on Olsen firing in the direction of occupied homes and striking one.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 2 stabbed to death, 1 injured on Portland train by man hurling racial slurs

    2 stabbed to death, 1 injured on Portland train by man hurling racial slurs

    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:29 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:29:58 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say two people died and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young Muslim women. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports officers arrested a man Friday afternoon who ran from the train.  Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language," and turned his focus on the women.

    >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say two people died and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young Muslim women. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports officers arrested a man Friday afternoon who ran from the train.  Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language," and turned his focus on the women.

    >>
  • Post Falls Officer pulls over little girl in power wheels Jeep

    Post Falls Officer pulls over little girl in power wheels Jeep

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-05-27 02:03:49 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Hometown Heroes. Every week, we highlight someone who works in public safety for all the good work they do. Tonight is a bit of a change from the typical Hometown Hero. It's the story of a little girl who suddenly became public enemy number one. Pat Eismann was patrolling the area in Post Falls when he noticed something a bit out of the ordinary. "I saw a little girl driving a power wheels jeep down the street," Officer Eismann said....

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Hometown Heroes. Every week, we highlight someone who works in public safety for all the good work they do. Tonight is a bit of a change from the typical Hometown Hero. It's the story of a little girl who suddenly became public enemy number one. Pat Eismann was patrolling the area in Post Falls when he noticed something a bit out of the ordinary. "I saw a little girl driving a power wheels jeep down the street," Officer Eismann said....

    >>
  • $10,000 bill for getting car stuck in newly poured concrete

    $10,000 bill for getting car stuck in newly poured concrete

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:02:32 GMT
    (Mike Palm, The City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department via AP)(Mike Palm, The City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department via AP)

    LINCOLN, Neb,. (AP) - A driver could be facing a $10,000 bill after he plowed into newly poured concrete in Lincoln, Nebraska, and became stuck.      The accident occurred Wednesday on a portion of a road repair project in the state capital. Police spokeswoman Angela Sands said Friday that police won't cite the driver, 19-year-old Shadrach Yasiah. A police incident report says it wasn't obvious that the concrete wasn't dry and that Yasiah 

    >>

    LINCOLN, Neb,. (AP) - A driver could be facing a $10,000 bill after he plowed into newly poured concrete in Lincoln, Nebraska, and became stuck.      The accident occurred Wednesday on a portion of a road repair project in the state capital. Police spokeswoman Angela Sands said Friday that police won't cite the driver, 19-year-old Shadrach Yasiah. A police incident report says it wasn't obvious that the concrete wasn't dry and that Yasiah 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/