Spokane

Social media stirs controversy between city and county

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Human Rights Commission member posted to her personal Facebook page last week, suggesting that the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is not hiring a diverse police force. Her post gained a lot of traction.

Spokane Human Rights Commission Vice-Chair Ashley Torres shared a post from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office page adding "So much for diversifying our police force..."

The 7 new deputies were made up of 6 Caucasian men and 1 Caucasian woman.

"Looking back I know that it could've been worded differently," admitted Spokane Human Rights Commission Vice-Chair Ashley Torres. "Of course I didn't think anyone would really pay attention to it honestly. I post things about the same topic frequently."

For better or for worse, Torres severely underestimated the traction her post would gain last week - suggesting the Sheriff's department was favoring Caucasian applicants. However, comments turned hostile, and it eventually grabbed the attention of the boss himself.

"I reviewed the post. It was very disparaging," claimed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.   I reached out to the Human Rights Commission, ultimately reached out to the city, the Mayor, and Council City President Ben Stuckart and demanded an apology."

And a public apology is what he received Tuesday, at the Human Rights Commission's monthly City Hall meeting, and ultimately - a resolution on both ends.

"We sat down with the Sheriff and the deputies, we discussed the situation and we've come up with a plan to work collaboratively together and I think that's what's important going forward," said Torres.

 


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