SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Police officer accused of domestic violence will not face charges.
Despite a recommendation from SCSO to charge Officer John Scott, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said it declined to file charges against him due to the victim’s request.
Prosecutors said previously that Scott had been taken into custody after a fight over a cell phone and a push, but the police report details much more than a fight over a cell phone.
Initially, investigators recommended one charge of domestic assault in the fourth degree. That was dropped, however SCSO detectives continued to look into the case and SPD started an internal affairs investigation.
Scott has been on paid administrative leave since the incident and the internal affairs investigation is ongoing.
Authorities then recommended three new charges of fourth degree assault domestic violence and one count of unlawful imprisonment.
However, after reviewing the recommended charges, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file them based on the victim’s request. Officials said the victim has moved away, does not plan to contact or see Scott, and did not want to go through a trial.
Spokane Police Dept. says Officer Scott is still on paid administrative leave. The internal affairs investigation is still ongoing.— Lindsay Nadrich (@KREMLindsay) November 13, 2017