Disturbing Image Appears During Weather Forecast

Lt. Terry Preuninger

Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:38 a.m.

The Spokane Police Department Special Victims Unit responded to a local news outlet Sunday evening after a disturbing image/video appeared on the screens of viewers during the station's weather report.  

Around 6:30 PM on Sunday SPD began to receive calls regarding what was described as a pornographic or explicit image appearing during a television weather forecast.  It was a short video segment, generally described as a small portion of the screen, showing a separate image from the newscast of what appeared to be a possibly pornographic or explicit image.   Estimates were the image / video lasted about 10 seconds.

The Spokane Police Department's Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU), responded to the local station to conduct an investigation as to how the image appeared and where it came from.   The stations personnel are cooperating fully with SPD in the attempt to determine what happened. 

The incident generated numerous calls from concerned citizens in the city and county.

At the time of this release, the investigation is ongoing and no culpability of any kind has been determined. 

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