Dolezal accused of misconduct on police oversight commission

FILE - In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dolezal, now president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP, is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington state woman who resigned from her NAACP leadership post after questions were raised over her racial identity has been accused of misconduct while on a Spokane commission that oversees police conduct.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, is accused in an independent report commissioned by the city of creating an intimidating workplace environment and with improperly revealing the names of people involved in police misconduct investigations during public meetings.

“If people are going to bring complaints forward, it needs to be kept confidential, and to break confidentiality is just flat out wrong,” Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart told reporters Wednesday.

Dolezal’s alleged misconduct stems from her time as a commissioner on Spokane’s volunteer Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, which is tasked with civilian oversight of police conduct. Stuckart said he has asked Dolezal and two other commissioners named in the report to resign.

Dolezal has been at the center of a controversy over her racial identity since her parents alleged she is “Caucasian by birth,” and that she has been misrepresenting herself as black for years.

On Monday, Dolezal resigned from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. She also lost her job as an African studies instructor at a Washington university.

On Tuesday, in interviews with NBC News, Dolezal denied she had deceived anyone and said “I identify as black.”

The investigation report released Wednesday was carried out by a law firm in response to complaints of harassment filed by a city employee back on April 16, before Dolezal made national headlines.

Dolezal said Wednesday she is “disturbed” by the request that she resign from her position as chair of the police oversight commission, and said, “I standby [sic] my work on behalf of the citizens of Spokane to further justice and promote civilian oversight of law enforcement.”

“I am sincerely troubled by the short sided [sic] conclusions that have so quickly been made with this report,” Dolezal said in a statement. “I urge the people of Spokane to take a close look at the timing and intentions of the investigation and request for my resignation.”

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