The actions of former NAACP chairman Rachel Dolezal and two other members of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission threatened that group’s impartiality and effectiveness, a city investigation has found.

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The actions of former NAACP chairman Rachel Dolezal and two other members of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission threatened that group’s impartiality and effectiveness, a city investigation has found.

Three of the panel’s five members are facing misconduct allegations following the investigation into a whistleblower complaint filed earlier this year. The other two commissioners investigated are Adrian Dominguez and Kevin Berkompas.

Among the investigation’s findings:

• The trio tried to overstep the commission’s authority and perform investigative duties after the city’s ombudsman Tim Burns resigned and left in January despite warnings from other commissioners.

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• The commissioners sought to conceal vote counts to give the false impression that the panel unanimously backed certain issues despite some commissioners wanting their votes listed.

• Meeting minutes were altered to exclude references to comments and activities that had occurred.

The investigation concluded that the three commissioners also mistreated city staff.

If all three commissioners named in the investigative findings were to be removed, it would leave the new commission unable to function because it wouldn’t have enough members to approve anything.

With Burns gone, the commission has been trying to hire a new ombudsman and was supposed to begin interviewing interim candidates this month.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on Dolezal to resign her post as chairwoman of the ombudsman commission.

The city’s Human Rights Commission formally called Tuesday night for her to step down.

Dolezal, who is white but has been portraying herself as a black woman for years, resigned Monday as head of the Spokane NAACP chapter.

One of the commissioners, Scott Richter, told two city council members months ago that he felt Dolezal was unable to separate her advocacy role as head of the NAACP and the need to provide impartial police oversight as head of the Ombudsman Commission.

According to the report’s findings, “Comm’r Richter communicated his concerns about Comm’r Dolezal’s inability to put her biases aside to Council members (Amber) Waldref and (Mike) Fagan on several occasions. Comm’r Richter opined that any real or perceived bias by OPOC commissioners placed the mission of the OPO at risk because citizens or police may come to believe that they would not be treated fairly.”