Tnvestigation uncovers behavioral misconduct by Dolezal, two others on Spokane police oversight commission
Rachel Dolezal, the white woman allegedly masquerading as black, has been asked to resign from a Spokane, Washington police oversight commission within 24 hours for creating an “intimidating and harassing” workplace, Spokane’s mayor and city council president said at an afternoon press conference Thursday.
“We have a responsibilty for all 2,000 employes of the city of Spokane and to put them in a situaion where a volunteer board is creating an intimidating and harassing workplace is horrific,” City Council President Ben Stuckart told reporters.
“I also think of think of the last finding of the last page – that Commissioner Dolezal breached information that was confidential,” he said.
“This is the police ombudsman commission and complaints need to be kept confidential,” he said. “To break confidentiality is flat out wrong.
“There are some serious, serious findings of fact on this report,” he added.
Dolezal, who resigned from her position as head of the local NAACP June 15, could not be reached for comment.
Two other members were asked to resign as well. No criminal charges have been filed as of now, spokesman Brian Coddington tells PEOPLE.
Stuckart said he reached out to all three Monday night to ask them to resign.
“The other [two] requested time to defend themselves,” he told Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander. “Only one – Dolezal – has refused to get back to him.”
Instead “she boarded a plane to New York,” he said, referring to Dolezal’s interviews with NBC in New York City.
Dolezal and two other members of the volunteer citizen Police Ombudsman Commission were named in the investigation, instigated by an unnamed whistleblower, according to a press release.
We are deeply disturbed by the facts contained in the report of findings from the independent investigator, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Stuckart said in a joint statement released earlier in the day.
The conduct is unacceptable and falls far short of the community’s expectations of volunteers who sit on City boards and commissions,” the statement said.