Officer Stephens Accused of Threatening Violence

By Steve Jackson

The attorney for the temporary Spokane Police Chief who was placed on administrative leave says his client was wrongfully accused of threatening violence in the workplace.

Attorney Bob Dunn says the decision to place Spokane police Assistant Chief Scott Stephens on paid administrative leave was based on false information that he’d become so upset over his demotion that he was threatening workplace violence.

Dunn said the alleged threats were relayed to city officials by a member of the police department who claimed the assistant chief told her that “he was going home to get his weapon” . Based on the allegation, current Chief Frank Straub placed Stephens, a 27-year veteran of the force, on leave on Dec. 20.

Stephens became the interim police chief when Anne Kirkpatrick resigned, before the city hired Straub as permanent replacement.

Mayor Condon announced Monday that retired U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, will lead the investigation into the circumstances that led Straub to place Stephens on leave. 
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