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SPD Chief Rick Dobrow compares department morale as being "repeatedly kicked"

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Patrick Erickson sits down with SPD Interim Chief Rick Dobrow Patrick Erickson sits down with SPD Interim Chief Rick Dobrow
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On Tuesday KHQ's Patrick Erickson sat down with Spokane Interim Police Chief Rick Dobrow. The Spokane Police Department is in the middle of multiple investigations, including two police sergeants who are facing criminal charges. Sergeant Gordon Ennis was charged with 2nd Degree Rape and Sergeant John Gately was charged with Obstructing Justice in connection with that rape case.

The Chief took over a fractured department still reeling from former Police Chief Frank Straub's sudden resignation. Straub filed a $4 million dollar wrongful termination suit against the city of Spokane. Straub claims he was illegally forced to resign and his reputation was damaged.

On Tuesday Chief Dobrow told Patrick morale in the department has taken a hit. "I'll compare it to being repeatedly kicked," said Dobrow. He also said he was surprised how optimistic his employees are given the circumstances.

Patrick also brought up Sgt. Ennis rape case. Patrick was in court during his first appearance. Also in court, the alleged victim, the fellow Spokane Police Officer Ennis is accused of sexually assaulting. The woman was surrounded by other police officers who were with her the entire time. Chief Dobrow said he was "proud of the members of the organization showing support for the victim."

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