Fired detective files $10M claim against Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane police detective fired by Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has replied with a $10 million claim against the city. Jeff Harvey alleges the chief terminated him because, as vice president of the Spokane Police Guild, he spoke out against her policies.

City officials say Harvey was terminated as a result of a criminal charge after a confrontation with a state Fish and Wildlife officer and what the detective's termination letter calls "a troubled work history."

The Spokesman-Review reports Harvey faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing law enforcement for refusing to let a Fish and Wildlife officer question some teens in his pickup truck who were suspected of shooting after legal hours.

A lawyer for Harvey says that charge flowed from "the negligent investigation of spurious and contrived off-duty charges" against the detective.

Kirkpatrick could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com