I just spoke with Det. Terry Krause, president of Tacoma Police Union Local 6, who says leaders for the police union and city labor officials will be meeting today to discuss a planned outside investigation of the Zina Linnik case.
As we wrote about here last night, the union has taken issue with the city’s plans to hire a third-party investigator to conduct a review of Tacoma Police Department’s handling of the Zina case.
Krause said today the issue from the union’s standpoint is strictly one of bargaining — Local 6 has no problem with the city conducting the third-party probe, he said.
“We’re not trying to be obstructionist about it,” Krause said. “There’s procedure that needs to be followed. If they had talked about it with the union first, as they should have, it wouldn’t be an issue.”
At tonight’s council meeting, the City Council is set to consider spending up to $50,000 from the council’s contingency fund to pay for the outside probe. Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced last month that Mark S. Simpson, a former Arlington, Texas cop-turned-consultant who specializes in child abduction cases, will lead the review.
Though union officials will discuss the issue with city labor negotiators today, those discussions should have no bearing on tonight’s City Council action, Krause said.