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Spokane Council Votes to Remove Rachel Dolezal From Police Commission

by Diane Duthweiler and Phil Helsel /  / Updated 

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The City Council of Spokane, Washington, on Thursday voted unanimously to remove embattled former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal from her position on a volunteer police oversight commission, amid allegations of improper conduct.

Dolezal, 37, was thrust into the public spotlight last week after her parents claimed she has been misrepresenting herself as black for years, and that she is "Caucasian by birth."

She then resigned from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Her role as an African studies instructor at Eastern Washington University also ended, but school said it was scheduled by a contract.

Dolezal was accused of revealing confidential information about people who have made complaints against police, in comments allegedly made during public meetings while she served as a commissioner on Spokane’s citizen Police Ombudsman Commission. She and two other commissioners were also accused of creating an intimidating workplace environment.

Spokane City Council on Thursday voted 6-0 to remove Dolezal, who refused a request to resign, according to a statement from the council. Another commissioner named in the report, Kevin Berkompas, did resign, and the third, Adrian Dominguez, was given a week to review the investigation’s findings, the city said.

Dolezal said in a statement Wednesday that she did nothing wrong, and accused the city government "harassment and sabotage" against the commission.

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