Spokane Police participating in FBI’s national use-of-force study

Spokane Police participating in FBI’s national use-of-force study

The Spokane Police Department is one of 16 Washington agencies participating in the FBI’s National Use-of-Force data collection.

The data collection launched nationwide on January 1, 2019. According to the FBI’s website, the data collected and reported will include any use of force that results in the death or serious bodily injury of person, as well as when a law enforcement officer discharges a firearm at or in the direction of a person.

Additionally, the data collected will include information about the incident, the subject and the officer.

“SPD is continuing their commitment to transparency, the desire to employ ‘best practices’ and therefore voluntarily chose to be a part of this program,” said Public Information Officer John O’Brien.
Since the beginning of the year, Spokane Police officers have been involved in at least three officer-involved shootings.

The first was on January 7. Spokane Police officers shot and killed David M. Novak W. Montgomery Ave. Police said Novak had fired shots at neighbors.

On January 23, officers shot and killed 46-year-old Dwight Steward on N. Monroe. Police said Steward had a knife and refused to comply with commands. He reportedly approached officers and that’s when they fired shots.

Most recently, a police officer fired a shot at a wanted man near 6th and Maple. Charles E. Jackson Jr. was wanted by police on an active felony warrant. He was not injured in the shooting.

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