Policing analysis ordered by Spokane finds smaller racial disparities than reported before

A statistics analysis commissioned by the Spokane Police Department found less evidence of racial discrimination than prior analyses, according to the report published this month.

Local law enforcement researchers say the study adds to the body of research on Spokane police, but does not discount other research indicating racial disparities in local policing outcomes.

Mayor Nadine Woodward introduced the report at a news conference, pointing to the Spokane Police Department as “a model in this state and across the country for how departments should operate.”

Comparing the number of Black and Native American people reported as suspects in 911 and Crime Check calls to the number of those groups

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