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Spokane Police Suspend Probe of Rachel Dolezal's Hate Mail Claims


One day after after her story sparked a media firestorm and #RachelDolezal trended internationally, the Spokane (Wash.) Police Department suspended all cases involving the woman who lied formally (job applications) and informally (multiple interviews) that she was African American while her own parents said nothing could be further from the truth. According to her mother (Ruthanne Dolezal) 37-year-old Dolezal fabricated "a very false and malicious lie."

Dolezal, president of the Spokane branch of the NAACP, had previously filed multiple police reports, claiming to be the victim of threats and hate crimes. KREM-TV is reporting the SPD has halted its investigations into those claims, at least for now.

"If new information comes to light, we can investigate that information," the SPD tweeted June 12.

This past March, Dolezal told police hate mail had been found in the Spokane NAACP chapter's post office box, but police investigators stated the envelope had neither a barcode nor date stamp on the envelope, and no one at the post office was considered to be a suspect. Dolezal reported a second envelope, which included hate mail, was delivered to the NAACP's downtown Spokane office, and police were still investigating until Friday, when they announced they were suspending their probe.

Things may not get better for Dolezal anytime soon. The City of Spokane announced June 12 it is launching its own investigation to determine if Dolezal violated any police or code of ethics when she applied to become a community ombudsman commissioner. Dolezal identified herself as white, African American and American Indian on her application; she was ultimately appointed to the oversight board by Spokane Mayor David Condon.

Ruthanne Dolezal says the family's ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, adding the family has some "faint traces" of Native American heritage as well.