The Spokane, Wa., City Council yesterday removed former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal from a police oversight committee because of misconduct that was reported in a whistleblower complaint, KREM-TV reports. Investigators from a law firm found misconduct during interactions with city employees by three members of the Police Ombudsman Commission, including Dolezal, who has become embroiled in a national controversy about her race. Interviews confirmed workplace harassment allegations and “a pattern of misconduct” by Dolezal, the chairwoman, and two other commissioners, the investigators’ report said.
Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart asked all three to resign during a news conference on Wednesday. The commissioners overseeing the police ombudsman are volunteers, but officials said they are still expected to follow a code of ethics. Before being removed, Dolezal said was “deeply disturbed” by the request that she resign. “I stand by my work on behalf of the citizens of Spokane to further justice and promote civilian oversight of law enforcement,” she said. Dolezal, 37, resigned as head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter this week after her parents said she was a white woman pretending to be black.