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Former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has a new job

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Frank Straub, the former Spokane Police Chief, apparently has a new job . 

According to an article in the Star-Tribune, and a biography page on the Police Foundation's website, Straub is now the Director of Strategic Studies for the organization based in Washington, D.C. that says they "advance policing through innovation and science." 

Straub was quoted in the Star-Tribune's July 11, 2016 article, commenting on the recent shooting of Philando Castile.

"Frank Straub, director of strategic studies for the Police Foundation, a national organization, said officers were initially hesitant about body cameras, but now 'want them on all the time,'" the article said. 

"The purpose of the Police Foundation is to help the police be more effective in doing their job, whether it be deterring robberies, intervening in potentially injurious family disputes, or working to improve relationships between the police and the communities they serve, the Police Foundation says on their website. "To accomplish our mission, we work closely with police officers and police agencies across the country, and it is in their hard work and contributions that our accomplishments are rooted."

Straub's biography on the Police Foundation's site says he "retired as the Chief of the Spokane, Washington Police Department, where he received national recognition for the major reforms, community policing programs he implemented and significant crime reductions achieved during his tenure." It did not mention Straub's lawsuit against the City of Spokane surrounding his departure from the department. Despite what it says on his bio page about retiring from the department, Straub's lawsuit against the City of Spokane did not state he retired, but rather that he was "wrongfully terminated." 

The City of Spokane announced Straub's departure last September, citing poor leadership and harassment. Straub argues that he never had the opportunity to dispute the claims against him before his dismissal. 

A U.S. District Court Judge dismissed Straub's wrongful termination lawsuit against the City of Spokane last month. Judge Thomas Rice said that Straub's exit from the Spokane Police Department was voluntary and that prohibits him from seeking damages. 

Straub's attorneys are appealing that decision. 

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