Dolezal Booted From Police Oversight Panel
Report identifies workplace harassment, conflict of interest
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2015 6:35 AM CDT
In this Friday, March 6, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, right, attends a rally in downtown Spokane, Wash.   (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
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(Newser) – If Rachel Dolezal gets a reality show, it won't be able to focus on her volunteer position on Spokane’s police oversight commission. Spokane City Council voted 6 to 0 yesterday to remove Dolezal from the Police Ombudsman Commission after a report found evidence of wrongdoing by Dolezal and two other commission members. An investigation following a female city employee's complaint on April 15 found Dolezal, Kevin Berkompas, and Adrian Dominguez were guilty of workplace harassment; taking on duties not assigned, like attempting to draft and adopt policies; changing official meeting minutes; criticizing the woman who filed the complaint in public; and intimidating her by suggesting she'd get a poor evaluation, KREM reports.

Investigators say Dolezal, one of 20 witnesses interviewed, showed a bias against police, and her role in protests against law enforcement showed a clear conflict of interest. The report also found Dolezal didn't keep confidential the names of individuals who were participating in police misconduct probes. Spokane's mayor and city council president asked the three officials to resign prior to the meeting, which Berkompas did. The council allowed Dominguez a week to respond to the allegations. Dolezal had refused to step down, questioning both the "timing and intentions of the investigation." "I have done nothing wrong," she said in advance of the vote, per NBC News. "The level of harassment and sabotage by city government is completely undeserved and inappropriate."
 

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