- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane County prosecutor will not re-try the former Spokane Police Guild president on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

The trial of John Gately, a sergeant with the police department, ended with a hung jury Tuesday.

In a news release Wednesday, prosecutor Larry Haskell says his office seldom re-tries misdemeanors other than driving under the influence.

Prosecutors charged Gately with obstruction last December after cellphone records showed he made two calls to a fellow officer, Gordon Ennis, after a female officer accused Ennis of raping her at a party.

Prosecutors alleged Gately tipped off Ennis about the investigation.

Gately testified he called Ennis in his capacity as Guild president.

The police department will now begin an internal investigation into Gately’s actions.

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