Police halt probe into Rachel Dolezal’s harassment claims

Rachel Dolezal
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, center, Spokane's newly-elected NAACP president, smiles as she meets with Joseph M. King, of King's Consulting, left, and Scott Finnie, director and senior professor of Eastern Washington University's Africana Education Program, before the start of a Black Lives Matter Teach-In on Public Safety and Criminal Justice, at EWU, in Cheney, Wash. Dolezal's family members say she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police in eastern Washington say they’re no longer investigating racial harassment claims made by Rachel Dolezal, the head of a local NAACP chapter whose integrity was thrown into question when her mother said she’s a white woman pretending to be black.

Dolezal has filed police complaints, saying she received hate mail at her organization’s post office box.

Spokane police, however, say it’s unlikely a letter that didn’t have a date stamp or bar code could have been placed in the box without a key.

Police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller said Friday all investigations related to racial harassment complaints by Dolezal were suspended this week.

She says they could resume if new information emerges.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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