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WATCH: Chief Straub addresses Internal Affairs investigation into two officers

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Spokane Police Detective Mell Taylor (left) submitted his papers for retirement, while is wife Lydia (right) has been placed on leave amid an Internal Affairs investigation Spokane Police Detective Mell Taylor (left) submitted his papers for retirement, while is wife Lydia (right) has been placed on leave amid an Internal Affairs investigation
SPOKANE, Wash. - On Friday, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub addressed the Internal Affairs investigation being conducted into a Spokane Police Sergeant and a Detective.

On Thursday, the department announced Sgt. Lydia Taylor was being placed on administrative leave during the investigation, while her husband, Detective Mell Taylor submitted his papers for retirement. 

Chief Straub began the press conference by clearly stating that the internal affair investigation had absolutely no connection to Michael Baumrucker. Baumrucker is at the center of an FBI-led investigation into former Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright. At least one Spokane media outlet (not KHQ), reported on Thursday shortly after news of the Internal Affairs investigation broke, that both Det. Mel Taylor and Sgt. Lydia Taylor were somehow connected to Baumrucker and that case. Chief Straub said there is no truth to that. 

Chief Straub did say that in January 2014, the Spokane Police Department was notified by the Drug Enforcement Agency that Detective Mel Taylor had steroids delivered to his house. The case was sent to the FBI, and after being interviewed by the FBI, Detective Taylor submitted his retirement forms, and they were accepted by Chief Straub. 

Straub reviewed Detective Taylor's 27 year service to the City of Spokane that included several awards and medals. 

Straub also stated that Sgt. Lydia Taylor is under investigation for the same shipment of steroids, although it doesn't appear there were any shipments sent in her name.

Chief Straub concluded by saying the Spokane Police Department will not tolerate any illegal activity by its officers, including possession and use of illegal substances. 

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