Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 4:43 p.m.
After the conclusion of a lengthy and thorough Internal Affairs (IA) investigation, Officer Kristofer Henderson’s employment with the Spokane Police Department (SPD) was terminated Tuesday, April 28.
Henderson’s termination followed an investigation of excessive force. During the use of force review, IA noted an application of force appeared to be outside policy. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was asked to review for any criminal culpability. The Prosecutor’s Office declined to file charges.
Henderson was placed on administrative on July 26, 2019 following the allegation. SPD began the standard procedure of conducting an IA investigation to ensure department policies or procedures were not violated. Following the City of Spokane’s Human Resource policy and Civil Service Rules, Henderson was on paid administrative leave while the investigation proceeded. That investigation determined Henderson had violated SPD policy and his employment was terminated yesterday.
Officer John O'Brien