Although the Public isn’t aware of it the Condon Administration
has a practice of allowing certain people to work from home, others not so much,
and the question is whether or not that practice is discriminatory and will
lead to yet another lawsuit against the City. The practice is prevalent in the
City’s Human Resources Department which as I have reported earlier is under
EEOC scrutiny because of Director Christine Cavanaugh’s handling of the City’s
Some of you may remember that during my reporting of the
infamous Cotton/Straub Affair unlike other reporters I exposed the fact that
Monique Cotton as allowed to work from home because of her fear of Frank
As is always the case with the City of Spokane when I do a Public Records Request, if there is anything embarrassing to any member of the Condon Administration I have to wait and wait to get a response always with the excuse that the City doesn’t have enough staff to ‘promptly” fulfill my request, such is the case with my PRR regarding complaints against HR Director Christine Cavanaugh. Let me be clear that the under-staffing is not the fault of the City Clerks Office, rather the fault of Teresa Sanders and David Condon who as far as I’m concerned know full well that if they under-staff the City Clerks Office the embarrassing stuff will get out slowly perhaps even after their term in office expires.
The 33-page very well-prepared Motion to Suppress regarding United
States of America v. Tvar Louis Jackson No. 2:17-CR-169-SAB-1 a copy of which I’ve
linked below points out considerably more than just seriously questioning the
veracity of members of the SPD Patrol Anti-Crime Team it also may very well
offer an explanation of exactly why Mayor David Condon, Chief Craig Meidl, and
Director Jacqui MacConnell don’t want OPO Bart Logue and his staff as well as
the OPOC to have unfettered access to IA Cases and SPD Body Camera footage.
The motion makes it real clear that despite all the virtue
extolling of Body Warn Cameras it really boils down to a matter of the
integrity of the Officers wearing the Body Cameras and the accountability process
of disciplining Officers who refuse to follow policy. Do Officers often turn
off their Body Cameras when there is a possibility that something exculpatory might
be discussed between Officers? It is difficult to tell how often it happens if
Mayor Condon, Chief Meidl, and Director MacConnell continue in their efforts to
hide pertinent information from the OPO, OPOC, and the Public.
Having spent over 40 years doing investigations as an SPD Detective
and doing Criminal Defense Investigations, including many at the Federal level,
I know full well that once the Defense identifies solid issues involving the
integrity of Law Enforcement Officers involved in the case preparing a Motion
to Suppress and simply showing it to the Prosecution, or just sitting down with
the Prosecutor and telling them what you have will result in something like
As it stands today Mayor Condon, Chief Meidl, and Director
MacConnell are not taking the long and well documented problems with the SPD
PACT in the least bit seriously and are taking all steps available to them to
sweep it under the rug.
Things have really gone down hill at the Spokane Police
Department since the Spokane City Council approved the hiring of Frank Straub
and subsequently approved the hiring of Craig Meidl whose “mentor” and close
friend Karl Thompson went to prison for violating Otto Zehm’s Civil Rights and
lied about doing so by a vote of 6-1.
There was just one right-minded City Council Member who voted against the approval of Craig Meidl, Karen Stratton, who must have seen the handwriting on the wall that Meidl who had an extensive hand in establishing the Karl Thompson Culture and has done nothing to try and change that culture at SPD.
Lets now take a quick look at the most recent documents I
have received regarding Civil Rights Violations by the SPD Patrol Anti-Crime
Team. One of the key players in this fiasco is the current Commander of SPD’s
PACT, Lt. David Staben, whom some might remember was the Cop who falsely
accused Ombudsman Bart Logue of leaking information to me while Staben was in
charge of SPD IA.
I have reported earlier about Detective Lonnie Tofsrud’s
Human Resources Complaint against other members of SPD who accused him of being
a “Brady Cop” for bringing forward his concerns about the SPD PACT violating
Citizens Civil Rights.
The first installment of PRR Responses I received are very, very, telling, and clearly demonstrate a bias on the part of Lt. Staben against Detective Tofsrud which will not go unnoticed by Tofsrud’s lawyers in his 2 million dollar claim against the City and SPD.
Lt. Staben’s on the record report reminds me a lot of other
successful lawsuits SPD Officers have made against the City and SPD. Including
the Jeff Harvey case where Anne Kirkpatrick’s then Assistant Chief Jim Nicks
testified in his deposition that Kirkpatrick was out to get Harvey.
First it is important to note that the only real outcome of the HR Investigation, is what I consider a, “No shit Sherlock”, that Staben needs training on dealing with subordinates.
Staben in his statement once again accuses Tofsrud of being a liar (Brady Cop), a statement which will surely be brought up in his deposition if Tofsrud’s claim gets to a lawsuit.
Staben clearly points out in his statement that Chief Craig Meidl knew damn well about problems with PACT and TCU prior to 2017.
Staben blames all of the problems on a complaint Tofsrud and apparently Sgt. Meyer made about Civil Rights Violations back in 2017. Obviously Meidl either didn’t take the complaints seriously and did nothing or wanted it all swept under the rug. The information I have provided earlier regarding Federal cases sure as heck supports Tofsrud’s claims and based on his witness list will be a big factor in his lawsuit.
Staben takes a big shot at TCU and Sgt. Preuninger who was TCU Brass before he became a full-time PIO. Preuninger was the only other Cop besides Tofsrud who was disciplined in the McCollough case.
Staben points out that Chief Meidl knew about the problems in November of 2016, and supposedly sent Staben in to clean up the mess. Obviously Staben wasn’t able to do it and things just got worse. Keep in mind that Meidl is listed a witness in Tofsrud’s claim.
Just the tip of the iceberg folks, lots more coming. Gotta
wonder where most of those City Council Members are on this issue especially
considering the stance most Liberals have on Civil Rights Violations. It might
be a good idea to worry less about what Border Patrol is legally doing at the Intermodal
and more about what your own Law Enforcement Agency is doing.