Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knesovich abandoned the 72 hour wait period before interviewing officers invovled in shootings.
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Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriffs Office employees.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the change Thursday, ending a departmental practice common at many law enforcement agencies but seen as contradictory and confusing outside of police circles. Comment: Not "confusing" but totally unfair as a civilian would not get the same consideration
Knezovich said the policy originated in the 1990s. Its no longer in effect as of Thursday.
When something doesnt make sense, we change it, he said.
comment: Geez and it only took 20 years of people screaming about it in every shooting over the years for hime to realize that.
Sheriffs Office employees involved in uses of deadly force can now give in-depth interviews immediately but still have the right to obtain a lawyer and cannot be coerced to make a statement during the criminal investigation.
Were just going to leave it up to the U.S. Constitution and the deputy to determine if hes ready to give a statement, Knezovich said. Were not to stand in their way. comment: about time. Takes awy the 3 day period they had to get their stories straight with their buddies.
Sheriffs spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said there was never a reason to change the policy until now.
Were having people who are apparently indicating they dont need to wait 72 hours, Reagan said. It seems reasonable. You go with the comfort level of the person involved in the shooting
Creachs son, Alan Creach, praised the decision.
Something that was just completely unacceptable to the community has been disposed of, Alan Creach said
And for an example of a Sergeant stepping on his crank!
Meanwhile, in a meeting Thursday with Spokane-area journalists, Reagan criticized the media attention given to Alan Creach during the days following the fatal shooting. He said he expects the Creach family to file a claim against the county and suggested Alan Creach simply was trying to increase the size of a potential settlement payout.
Ive never seen a non-witness be treated so much like an eyewitness, Reagan said. Hes looking at adding zeroes to his check.
Reagan later sought to downplay the comment, expressing regret for how it came out, and saying it was not my most tactful moment.Ya can say that again!
Knezovich quickly distanced himself from his chief spokesman, saying the comment doesnt reflect his offices views. The sheriff added that Reagan told him Thursday afternoon he regretted making the comment.
Harry K (guess that was almost the whole article minus a rehash of the shooting)