Stephens' lawyer: SPD officers gave “blatantly false” statements

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 6:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - The lawyer for former Interim Police Chief Scott Stephens said the release of an internal investigations file to the public is a major violation of Stephens’ confidentiality agreement with the city.

KREM 2 News has obtained copies of the file.  It was released as part of the Freedom of Information Act.

The investigations file makes repeated claims against Stephens, now retired from SPD.  The documents claim Stephens made a workplace threat when he was demoted from the Interim Chief position in late 2012. 


In one claim, an officer said Stephens told her no one would blame him for ‘going postal,’ but that he would never hurt any kids.  The file also includes accusations that Stephens had recently purchased a used MP-5 machine gun from the SWAT team.  One officer’s wife said she was highly concerned about Stephens “coming to their house and hurting their family.”

KREM 2 News spoke exclusively with Stephen’s lawyer on Tuesday. Stephen’s attorney Bob Dunn said those statements are blatantly false.

“Anytime you tell a blatant untruth or a fabrication of a story to further your own cause, at the expense of someone else, it's hurtful,” said Dunn.  “We've already been on the record that our client thinks this is bull.  His version hasn't been told yet!”

In May, the Spokane City Council unanimously approved a $190,000 settlement with Stephens after he was placed on administrative leave following claims of threats made after Stephens was demoted to captain.  The demotion came after Mayor David Condon named Frank Straub Police Chief in early 2012.

According to the city attorney, Dunn was notified before the records were released. The city says Dunn had until June 21st to file an injunction to stop the investigation file from being made public.

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