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Spokane City Council Members call for full investigation into sexual assault case involving Spokane Police officers

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Two Spokane Police officers are on leave amid a sexual assault investigation Two Spokane Police officers are on leave amid a sexual assault investigation
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A statement released on Thursday by Spokane City Council Member, and Chair of the Council Public Safety Committee, Jon Snyder, along with other council members, asked for a full investigation into allegations by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich that evidence was destroyed and information was leaked in a sexual assault case involving a Spokane Police officer. 

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“In order for citizens to have confidence in the Spokane Police Department investigating sexual assault cases they definitely need to have confidence in the handling of an alleged sexual assault that involved two of their own personnel,” Snyder said.

“I support Sheriff Knezovich and Spokane Police Command Staff in making sure these allegations are fully investigated,” said Council President Ben Stuckart in the statement. “It doesn’t matter who you are, anyone guilty of sexual assault or tampering with evidence needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“This must to be a top priority,” continued Spokane City Council member Amber Waldref.

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Also calling for a full investigation is Director of Victim Advocacy at Lutheran Community Services Erin Williams Hueter. 

“We implore our community to support all survivors of sexual assault by respecting their privacy as well as their need for safety, dignity and healing,” Hueter said in the press release. “We support Sheriff Knezovich and Spokane Police Department leadership in bringing justice to this and all survivors of sexual assault in our community. Everyone deserves to be safe.”

“A full and thorough investigation is absolutely necessary,” said Center for Justice Executive Director Rick Eichstaedt. “We have gone a long way in recent years to reform our police department. Cover up of the facts or failing to hold officers accountable threatens the good work the department has done to increase accountability and build community trust.”

The statement noted that the views expressed in the release do not necessarily reflect the views of the council as a whole. 

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