Spencer at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
Full-time law enforcement staff, Spencer Police Department
- 4 Officers
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 4 Spencer
- 4.3 National average, cities with under 10,000 population
- 2.2 National average
These figures reflect the Spencer Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|SPENCER, CITY OF CHP||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants||Prime|
|SPENCER, CITY OF CHP||Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions||16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants||Prime|
We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in $1,300,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
In 2021, Melissa Fields filed a lawsuit against Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike King after the fatal shooting of her father, Michael Nichols. The case was settled for $585,000.
In 2020, King came to Nichols’ front porch and claimed that Nichols had been ignoring his orders and that he had reached for a gun, which was actually a decorative BB gun. In her lawsuit, Fields notes that the BB gun “was used as a decorative spindle in the porch railing” and alleges that King had been to Nichols’ property before and should have known that. King shot Nichols three times. King was not wearing a body camera despite the County’s policy requiring it, and he was not indicted for this shooting. As of April 2022, King was still employed by the County and was one of their highest paid sheriffs.