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Condon's Response To Mayor's Press Conference

SPOKANE, Wash.. - Mayoral Candidate David Condon issued the following statement in response to Mayor Verner's press conference regarding the Otto Zehm case Friday morning:

Today the mayor responded to my call for an independent investigation into the Zehm case by promising to appoint a commission sometime in the future.

The Mayor's press conference today shows she is finally listening to the people … but this is follower-ship, not leadership. Her call for an independent Commission is long overdue.

This situation should never have been allowed to happen.  We should have a strong and independent police ombudsman and an open and fair city hall. We don't have those now and Mary Verner is not leading us there.

The investigator and citizen oversight panel who are appointed in this matter must be truly independent.  The investigator needs full authority to see all documentation on this matter to ensure that the truth is found. The mayor has said that she "championed for the police ombudsman, transparency, and sound union negotiations."  Yet she did not push for a stronger ombudsman with full investigatory authority in negotiations with the union. 

The people of Spokane deserve answers, it is a shame she would not answer questions today.

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