Rachel Dolezal, Accused Of Lying About Her Race, Voted Off Police Commission

Rachel Dolezal, Accused Of Lying About Her Race, Voted Off Police Commission
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Rachel Dolezal, the former Spokane National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) president, was voted off the Police Ombudsmen Commission by the City Council of Spokane, Washington. The move followed an investigation which revealed that Dolezal and two other members had acted inappropriately.


On Thursday, the City Council voted 6-0 to eliminate Dolezal, who was requested to resign but had denied doing so. Of the other two commissioners named in the report, Kevin Berkompas did step down while Adrian Dominguez has been given a week to review the findings of the investigation, according to NBC News.

Spokane Mayor David Condon had called for the commissioners to step down.

Mayor Condon said, “The conduct of these three members is a very serious violation of the public trust that we cannot tolerate violation of the three.”

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Dolezal chaired the volunteer commission that aims to provide citizen oversight of the police department. She has previously been accused of lying about her race.

The allegations of misconduct Dolezal faces include workplace harassment and improper government action, which surfaced as a result of a whistle-blower complaint. As reported by CNN, these allegations are not related to the accusations she’s been imposed with regarding lying about her race, which attracted national attention this week.

The allegations also include disclosing information about people who made complaints against the place in comments made during public meetings during her role as commissioner in Spokane’s citizen Police Ombudsman Commission.

Dolezal made headlines last week after her parents said that she had been identifying herself as black for years, when she is actually “Caucasian by birth.” When asked if she really is “an African-American woman,” Dolezal responded, “I identify as black.”

She subsequently resigned from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Although her services as an African studies instructor at Easter Washington University also ended, the school stated that it was a contractual termination.

In a statement, Dolezal said that there was nothing wrongful that she and the other two accused commissioners had done. She also added that they had reviewed their actions with the lawyers.

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