Spokane Mayor, Police Chief react to Thompson verdict

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by KREM.com & Chris Nguyen

KREM.com

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 2 at 5:48 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner spoke to the media today about the Karl Thompson conviction.

Both called the situation a "sad day" for the entire community.

KREM 2’s Chris Nguyen sat down with both.

The first thing the Mayor told Nguyen was that there was a profound sadness for everyone involved in the case.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick got a little emotional during our interview but kept her composure.
   
As chief, she has a community to serve, but also an officer whom she's trying to support.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said, "I care for Karl Thompson, and I'm sorry for his pain...one doesn't stop caring and believing in people, although there has been a ruling. That ruling is a just ruling, based on what the peers knew, and the evidence given to them. They made a hard call, and a hard decision."

Mayor Verner staid "We as a community will experience the scars of this for a long time, and yet, we need to learn from it."
 

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