Police Ombudsmen suggests jury hearing in high-profile deaths

Police Ombudsmen suggests jury hearing in high-profile deaths

Police Ombudsmen suggests jury hearing in high-profile deaths

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 11:50 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane's Police Ombudsman went before the city council Monday night to recommend an idea he thinks law enforcement should consider.

Ombudsman Tim Burns is recommending a Medical Examiner's Inquest. This would be something that would happen if law enforcement was involved in a death.

A Medical Examiner's Inquest is a formal hearing with a jury that looks into the cause and circumstances of any death. Burns asks the community  to consider these when they are linked to law enforcement or a high profile suspicious death.

In the past few years, Ombudsman Burns has worked with police to recommend different things the department could work on.

Burns says this would be another chance for Spokane County law enforcement  to be transparent and it may help families left behind.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner took part in Inquests decades ago. Burns admits he's not sure how much a new system would cost to get started and also admits the current medical examiner isn't a fan of the idea.

Most of Burn's recommendations from last year have either been implemented or are being worked on.

Burn has three other recommendations including implementing a school resource officer program, improve service delivery for public records requests, and having a county prosecutor's office special investigator position.

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