But one of the new laws I like is “ENGROSSED SECOND SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5051 PEACE OFFICERS AND CORRECTIONS OFFICERS—STATE OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY”.
The background check section of the new law was intended to prevent the long-standing practice of withholding derogatory information about a Lateral Transfer from one Washington State Law Enforcement Agency to another just to get rid of the guy/gal.
Because of some of my past experience I like to follow “Innocent Project Cases” including those here in the State of Washington, one that I have been following closely is the retrial of David Nickels in Grant County.
The Nickels case like almost all Innocent Project Cases has some dynamics the Public generally isn’t aware of so I just point them out for the Public. In doing my research for the Nickels case I became aware of some credibility issues which might come up with some of the Prosecution witnesses in the Murder case some of whom are Grant County Cops. The question of witness credibility could depend upon the outcome of an ongoing investigation by the Wenatchee Police Department of an alleged payroll fraud case involving the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to this story by iFIBERONE, I received information that Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones wanted the payroll fraud allegation kept quiet because the allegation involved several Grant County Sheriff Deputies being paid by a private security company while at the same time being paid by Grant County.
The handling of the allegation by Sheriff Jones is consistent with what I learned based on the response I received from this Public Records Request, and also provides some insight as to how some serious allegations involving law enforcement officers are handled by Law Enforcement Administrators and why the new law was enacted.
Another dynamic of the Nickels murder case is that the Grant County Prosecutor Garth Dano was removed from the case due to conflict issues and the case is currently being prosecuted by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
The problem for the Washington State AG because he is prosecuting the Nickels case is what to do about the Grant County SO allegations and it would be especially problematic for the AG if he has been notified by about the allegations by other Grant County law enforcement agencies.
The sheriff’s office, like many agencies throughout the country, is short-staffed. Higgins said that can’t be allowed to continue forever. Spokane Valley needs more officers and if the sheriff’s office can’t find them, the city will have to consider splitting from the county and forming its own department, Higgins said.
Apparently you aren’t aware that Sheriff Ozzie has spent a lot of taxpayer’s monies to recruit Deputy Sheriff Candidates in order to be in conformity with his City of Spokane Valley contract. There has been a lot of press on Ozzie’s recruitment efforts some of which are very confusing.
One would have to think that before spending any money Ozzie did his research and determined that NYPD only had 34 unvaccinated Officers which basically means only spending around $354.00 per targeted Officer, if his focus was on NYPD Cops, but considerably less if Ozzie was targeting all the East Coast Cops. Perhaps Ozzie had some insight as to how many East Coast Cops spend time in Times Square.
Sheriff Knezovich’s numbers always seem to be somewhat skewed so it is hard to tell whether it was actually “10 New York City police officers that contacted the Sheriff’s Office about its hiring process” or just three from the New York area.
On a bit of a side note I think it is important to remember that the last time a study was done regarding the City of the Valley going on their own with law enforcement the consultants that did the study kind of thought the data Ozzie provided them was bunk data, and the study “Rankled” Sheriff Ozzie.
*** Just a suggestion to Mr. Higgins if you bring up the Bunk Data ICMA Consulting Services said Ozzie provided watch out because you might Rankle Ozzie and he could try to make you “eat crow”! 😊
Another thing I’m sure Ozzie considered before he spent our money was the strong possibility retired NYPD Captain Eric Adams might be elected Mayor of NYC, which he was and has some good plans for NYPD which might make the 34 unvaccinated Cops want to stick around.
It really doesn’t matter what issue comes up with Ozzie and the SCSO you know there will be a video attacking someone, and frequently the Media.
I have a lot of Conservative friends and a lot of Progressive friends, many of my Conservative friends tell me that Ozzie Knezovich isn’t a real Republican like he claims to be and is just all about Ozzie with no concern about the Republican Party, when take a good look at who Ozzie endorses it sure makes you wonder, of course his endorsements might just be out of fear he will look bad if he loses the City of the Valley law enforcement contract.
When I was asked to prepare and write the questions submitted to the Washington State Attorney General because of my background and experience with RCW 9.73 in order to obtain an Attorney General’s Opinion regarding Body Worn Camera Laws, several times I expressed my fear that unless accompanying laws were established to punish the inevitable abuse that would take place someone listened.
Whether the agenda is a personal agenda or even a political agenda Conservative or Progressive it was bound to happen and it has here in Spokane with the leak of Body Worn Camera video alleging Africa American Spokane City Council Member Betsy Wilkerson “wasn’t too enthused to help with murder investigation” the allegation, as is often the case for things going on in Spokane got national attention this time on FOX News.
At this point Betsy Wilkerson has made a complaint to the Office of Police Ombudsman which will be forwarded to the Spokane Police Department Internal Affairs Unit and a determination will be made whether to investigate the case or not. IMO, Mayor Nadine Woodward, and Chief Craig Meidl from an ethical standpoint should call for an independent investigation of the issue because of the ramifications involved, or the Spokane City Council should use the power vested in them to have an independent investigation initiated. This is one of those cases where the OPO and OPOC are so hogtied by the Police Guild Contract with respect to what they can and cannot say or do it could end up with the Public not knowing the full details.
It is pretty darn clear that the Officer Brownell’s BWC video was leaked to a very select group of Conservative folks including Kent Adam’s brand-new News Director Sue Lani Madsen – Forthright at his Spokane Talks business, and who according to her own public statements received a copy of the BWC video and certainly would be a witness in any legitimate investigation as would, at least in my view, based upon information I have a few members of Chud Wendel’s Spokane Business & Commercial Property Council group, where the leaked video received a lot of attention.
Here is something Conservatives should think about, “IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!”
People that follow me know that for the last few years I have been looking into the operation of the Spokane Police Department’s Patrol Anti-Crime Team and some of the allegations of “Shady Shit” they have done.
To do this Investigative Journalist job correctly not only do you have to establish a pipeline of good intelligence sources, but you also have to spend hours reviewing BWC video, IA Cases, Police Reports and of course Court Records to see if there is any “Shady Shit” going on, over and over again I come up with records like this one, which sure looks to me like “Shady Shit”…somebody here in Spokane has to do this type of Journalism to try and fulfill the Media’s role in oversight.
On October 12, 2021, after the usual delays directly attributable to Mayor Woodward and Chief Meidl utilizing the Fade and Forget Strategy I finally received an incomplete response do one of my PRRs which of course demonstrates not only embarrassment to the Woodward Administration but also to SPD with respect to the continuing dysfunction at SPD you can read what I refer to as the “Shady Shit” IA Report at this ink.
If you take the time to read the IA Case I’m confident you will, among other things, identify the problems SPD has under the current City Leadership with proper staffing of the most important division and backbone of any police agency the Patrol Division in favor of so many Specialty Units not even SPD can keep good track of what they are and how they are staffed.
Just to give you some background on the “Shady Shit’ IA Case you probably should read the transcript of Lt. Staben’s complaint about SPD to the OPO which among other things is a result of IA Case C21-020.
So exactly where is Jacqui MacConnell the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Spokane Police Department who is in charge of IA in a high paying civilian position which was touted as a position which would provide a voice for the Citizens of Spokane? Well you got me but history and documents clearly show the voice of the Citizens of Spokane has always been mute.