Interestingly on the day prior to the election, without fanfare, and after a concerted effort, primarily by Spokane City Councilmember Breean Beggs (Congratulations), to find a replacement for former Office of Police Ombudsman Commission Chairperson Deb Conklin the City Council confirmed the appointment of Lawyer Elizabeth Kelley to replace Conklin.
I have hopes that this very late in coming move will begin the process of being able to watch the OPOC change from the agenda driven, self-serving, behind the scenes backstabbing Conklin brought to the OPOC and move it in a direction that is in the interest of the entire Community, including Cops, and not just a few.
As I have mentioned time and time again, the mostly powerless, because of the Police Union Contracts, OPOC in order to be the least bit effective must put political ideology aside and function as a unified group of individuals who have respect for each other’s opinions and ideas specifically relating to their mission of Police Oversight, otherwise you end up with exactly what the Police Unions expected when they agreed to the union contracts.
I seriously doubt there will be much in the way of true independent oversight that will come out of Mayor Condon’s ongoing secret negotiations with the Police Unions, so what we got is what we got, despite the overwhelming Citizen’s vote to provide independent Police Oversight in the City Charter.
Along with the ouster of Conklin, soon Conklin’s side kick and informant Martha Huseman will also be gone because she was unable to pass the Civil Service Exam for the position she now holds, even though I have reported on some of Huseman’s and Conklin’s efforts to usurp the Civil Service process, I haven’t reported the entire back story and it appears there will no longer be a need to do so.
Does it concern me that Ms. Kelley is a lawyer? Not at this point, and I probably won’t be concerned as long as she doesn’t offer legal advice to the OPOC and quietly sticks to her experience as a Criminal Defense lawyer during her decision-making process. There has been far too much legal advice given to the OPOC from lawyers not under contract to the OPOC, and not members of the City Attorney’s Office, some of which is in direct conflict with legal advice given to the OPOC by those actually responsible for providing them with legal advice.
What does interest me about Ms. Kelley is that she has worked in some of the same places I have outside of the US, so we may have some of the same experiences in that regard, although I doubt she was ever made to stay in her hotel room with a couple of guards making sure she didn’t go anywhere (long story).
She might even recognize the building pictured above (someone managed to surreptitiously get a photo of for a case), and we could share a laugh or two about it someday.
I’m now faced with a challenging dilemma; exactly what direction to take given the circumstances. In December 2016 and early January 2017, I received information regarding the completely dysfunctional OPOC ala Rachael Dolezal which included a number of documents, my investigative reporting evolved into later having to do PRRs in some cases to get official copies of documents I already had in my possession because no one would step up and admit what was going on. So much to the chagrin of my friends Terri Pfister, and Lori Farnsworth once again I had to bother them just to bring transparency to the issue. The PRRs I was forced to submit because of lack of action by City Leaders remain ongoing and a challenge to complete by the understaffed, under budgeted, underpaid, City Clerk’s Office. Hell, I even made an offer both publicly and privately to pull PRRs if the City Council would do something about getting rid of the problem child, they of course chose not to do much of anything until just prior to November 6, 2017 just prior to election day. So, my dilemma is where do I go from here, and do I embarrass a bunch of folks with what I have as well as initiate another Public Records Act lawsuit against the City of Spokane…I gotta think about it for a while.
As far as other media coverage of this important issue is concerned only the Inlander covered some of the dysfunction. The Spokesman Review just doesn’t do Investigative Reporting like they have in the past with the new and supposedly improved fluff and puff philosophy, to the dismay of some of the staff I might add.
Shar A. Lichty, Mayor Condon’s opponent in the last election and Peace and Justice Action League Activist put out a call for her constituency to flood last night’s OPOC meeting with folks objecting to Conklin’s dismissal, it really didn’t amount to much and basically just demonstrated the importance of the OPOC not letting a particular agenda influence oversight one way or the other.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
The answer is simple, because he lied in his official capacity as a Police Officer!
***“Brady Cops” remaining as law enforcement officers are very dangerous, not only for the public, but also the honest cops that have to work with them!
But what appears to be the simple answer when you look at the FACTS, yes Ozzie, FACTS, makes the answer far from simple.
Here are the responsive PRR records I received from Spokane County, in a very prompt fashion I might add, which show exactly why Deputy Travis O. Pendell is a Brady Cop.
If you studied the documents above, you should note that the reason Pendell made the infamous “Brady List” is because prior to being hired by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 while a cop on the Cheney PD he falsified a report. It is unclear from Pendell’s letter to the Prosecutor in an attempt to keep himself off the “Brady List” whether or not he actually lied on the witness stand and got caught by the Defense Lawyer, which happens but is rarely acted upon by Police Administrators. In Pendell’s case the Cheney Chief of Police did exactly the right thing and terminated Pendell. The big Problem for Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, as he well knows is what do I do with this guy especially since Knezovich was the primary mover in the lawsuit Pendell brought against Ozzie’s hated enemies Matt Shea and Scott Maclay. The other problem Ozzie has is now that the entire local Defense Bar knows that Pendell is a Brady Cop making his court testimony not worth a crap, how might that fact effect any earlier cases Pendell has been involved in, including the Roy Murray Murder Case.
This IA Case which was “Unfounded” by Ozzie and relates directly to the Roy Murray Murder case and deals with an allegation that Pendell lied to an ATF Agent, has to be called into question especially in light of the “FACT”, yes Ozzie, “FACT” that Pendell is a Brady Cop.
Beyond the Roy Murray Murder Case issue, one really has to wonder what will happen to the Ozzie/Pendell lawsuit against Matt Shea and Scott Maclay. I doubt we will ever see that lawsuit making it to the Deposition stage, but if it does boy would I like to be a fly on the wall when Ozzie, Pendell, and Hines are questioned under oath by the Shea/Maclay Lawyers.
If the lawsuit is withdrawn there could be a columnist at the Spokesman Review who’s disdain for Matt Shea is extremely well documented in his columns who once again will have egg on his face (Rachael Dolezal) for not doing any fact checking. Pendell was added to the readily available “Brady List” on January 31st, 2017, something the local media neglected to mention in their reporting and their columns.
In my opinion any reasonable person would have to have a few questions in their mind about the serious Deputy Pendell issues.
1) How in the hell was this guy hired by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office?
2) At exactly what point did Sheriff Ozzie know Pendell was a “Brady Cop” obviously it was prior to December 2, 2016, and the lawsuit Summons and Complaint was filed in Superior Court on March 1, 2017?
3) Was the lawsuit against the hated Shea and Maclay Pendell’s idea, or Ozzie’s idea, and where did Pendell come up with his lawyer?
4) Where is the missing .223 which can be converted to 22 caliber that Pendell admits was in his possession but has never been recovered?
5) Why did Sheriff Ozzie lie to this reporter when he stated, “EVERY WORD TRAVIS PENDELL SPEAKS, PEOPLE THINK VERY HIGHLY OF HIM…VERY HIGHLY OF HIM!” knowing full well Pendell was a “Brady Cop”?
6) When will Sheriff Ozzie try to pursue a lawsuit or criminal charges against me for reporting the FACTS, yes FACTS, like he has with others?
***It isn’t illegal for a Sheriff to lie to the media, it happens all the time, nor is there a specific policy violation covering lying to the media, unethical yes, illegal or a policy violation no…so have at it…right? Seldom do Sheriffs get caught lying, primarily because most media don’t bother to fact check.
7) Did Ozzie’s Handpicked Citizens Advisory Board, which includes an individual running for a Spokane Valley Council position (Brandi Peetz) who Ozzie is politicking like crazy for ever review the cases involving Travis Pendell and if so what did they find?
These are just 7 of many, many more questions that come to mind about the Travis Pendell issue, I’m sure you probably have many of your own.
My Pending Story File is so full it is difficult to even keep up, but here is some story material I’ve had for some time which directly relates to the Case of Travis O. Pendell, and the hiring practices of the SCSO, which by the way if you followed the Ozzie/Buff Episodes you saw that Ozzie is quite proud of his hiring practices even though at least one recruit was booted from the State Academy for cheating, and at least one another just couldn’t cut it.
The IA Case linked below was an investigation into the hiring of, and possibility that Sheriff Ozzie’s one-time IA Investigator Deputy Richard Gere was a “Brady Cop”
The case was brought forward by two Private Investigators and residents of Sheriff Ozzie’s nearly full “Basket of Deplorables” Dave Wiyrick and Ron Wright, I know both. I’ve known Dave Wiyrick for years as he was on the SCSO the same time I was on SPD, and we did work cases together. Dave has never given me any reason to question his integrity, the same is true for Ron Wright who I know to a lesser extent and have actually met perhaps two or three times. Sheriff Ozzie of course would completely disagree with my assessment of the two, as I myself maintain a prominent position in his Basket of Deplorables.
Deputy Gere was of course “Exonerated” by Ozzie, but in reviewing the case some of the same questions that come to mind in the Pendell case come to mind in this case.
It is important to note, and something Ozzie wouldn’t want me not to mention, is that this IA Case was brought forward during Ozzie’s last election against Douglas Orr, and election I might add during which Orr received the endorsement of the Deputy Sheriff’s Union and Knezovich did not. So, all the Union references in the IA Report bring a smile to this reporters face and given what some folks at the SO tell me I can’t help but wonder where the Deputy’s Union will stand in Ozzie’s next run for Sheriff if he does ultimately end up running and is opposed.
Here are some of the documents obtained that resulted in the Gere IA Investigation, you might want to look at.
Now here is a case that is pretty well-known throughout the Defense Bar, which was investigated by then IA Investigator Richard Gere, and begs answers to some of the same questions.
And Shawn Vestal Reports:
“Those criticisms were raised in a recent column. Now Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says his department will perform an internal investigation into Marske’s handling of it. Knezovich said Marske sought the internal affairs investigation, as a way of addressing public criticisms.”
“When it’s done, we’ll sit down with you and go through the entire investigation,” Knezovich told me this week.
I gotta wonder if the “sit down” between good friends Ozzie and Vestal ever did take place, and if it did what Ozzie actually did “go through”. It looks to me like it was Tim Note that brought it all forward, another Ozzie Basket of Deplorables resident I believe as anyone who dares question Ozzie, or his people usually is.
There is another IA Case involving Marske’s veracity which was brought forward by Lying Deplorables Wiyrick and Wright, which resulted in Ozzie trying to pursue criminal charges against them, which were never brought by the Prosecutor because there was no case and no evidence they lied. I’m just waiting for a Federal FOIA on that one for the reports and photographs taken by a Federal Investigator who accompanied Wiyrick and Wright along with Attorney Mark Vovos to view a gate area. Funny thing about that case is that Ozzie continues to refer to both Wiyrick and Wright as liars because of that case and others, but I can’t quite figure out why Vovos and the Federal Investigator aren’t liars as well… that’s Ethical Ozzie for you!
So, what is Ozzie’s response when he his caught yet again lying? It is always the same no matter who catches him!
I for one feel sorry for the honest hard-working Deputies who have to work under Ozzie, they know what’s going on, and has been going on for some time, word always gets out about the supposedly hidden secrets in any law enforcement agency and the secrets about their leaders. The SCSO is no different and hats off to those Deputies that just want to honestly do the job they love so very much.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
In a follow-up to this story I learned that yesterday the Caleb Collier Campaign has filed a formal complaint with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission against the Brandi Peetz Campaign based upon Peetz’s father Robert West’s solicitation of funds for his daughter while using City of Spokane time and resources.
Even “provocateur” Michael Scott Maclay got a piece of the action in this race.
“Peetz said that over the past few weeks she and her family members have been harassed online and by phone by Collier supporters, including local provocateur Scott Maclay”
Although the results of the PDC Investigation likely will not be public until after the election, it should be a pretty easy investigation for the PDC since the City of Spokane has all the discipline records of Robert West regarding the issue.
What is interesting about this case, aside from what should be of interest to Citizens of the City of Spokane, is the endorsements Peetz has received from Sheriff Knezovich, as well as the Spokesman Review.
“Spokane Valley City Council, Position No. 2: Brandi Peetz. Would provide a fresh voice and a solid law enforcement perspective.”
Where the Spokesman Review came up with “a solid law enforcement perspective” is completely beyond me Peetz is a 911 Operator and member along with her father on Ozzie’s handpicked charade of a Citizens Advisory Board where the perspective is anything but “solid”, as any experienced Law Enforcement Officer will tell you. The old adage “Garbage In Garbage Out!” comes to mind. A Criminal Justice Degree from GU certainly isn’t a selling point unless there is some actual law enforcement experience associated with the degree, and there isn’t in Ms. Peetz’s case for some reason.
Of course, if the SR Editorial folks want to champion a Candidate or Cause for some reason they seem to overlook things in certain cases.
The Kate Burke v Tim Benn endorsement by the SR, makes me wonder exactly how much vetting the SR did before they made the endorsement, it’s pretty easy stuff to do, but in some cases just isn’t done. Kate Burke does seem like a nice young lady, and she was of course an aide to Andy Billig which in all likelihood helped with her Spokane City Council endorsements.
Spokane City Council, District 1, Position 2: Kate Burke. Shows promise as an independent voice and strong advocate for the district.
Another interesting aspect of the Collier v Peetz race is that even though the Spokane City Council has been made aware of the issue with the City Employee Robert West, the Council with two exceptions has no interest in the matter.
I REPORT, SOMEONE HAS TO, YOU DECIDE!!!
Ineffective assistance of counsel is a claim raised by a convicted criminal defendant for the plaintiff where the innocent plaintiff’s attorney’s performance was so ineffective that it deprived the plaintiff of the constitutional right guaranteed by the Assistance of Counsel Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
It is a nice for a convicted criminal to have an option when he/she isn’t effectively represented. Unfortunately, however for John or Jane Q Citizen when it comes to their Elected Representatives who are supposed to be representing them, and especially when it comes to using John and Jane’s money, the options are limited, vote them out of office, initiate a recall petition, file an ethics or criminal complaint, or on the other hand just sit back and enjoy it.
One of the advantages Elected Representatives have for keeping a lid on adverse expenditures is once the expenditure is approved they can count on almost no one checking to see just how well our money was spent.
ATTENTION LORI KINNEAR!!!
As far as our costly spiffy new Computer Aided Dispatch/Record Management System is concerned, sure doesn’t look good at this point, but who knows for sure, certainly not the Public Safety Committee, or the City Council, and even if they did John and Jane sure wouldn’t know. From what I understand from sources it’s a mess, and in the typical style of PSC Chair Person Lori Kinnear there is never any reason to believe anything other than what the folks at SPD tell her, besides if she actually looked into what is really going on it might look bad for her, or for that matter the rest of the City Council.
Public Safety Committee; June 19, 2017
It gets a bit repetitive, Doesn’t it?
This story by Rachael Alexander back in February of 2015 should have been a wake-up call for everyone.
“New World, a Michigan-based software company, has been involved in several contract disputes on the west side of the state over delays in implementation of its dispatch software. But Spokane officials say they’re confident they can avoid the pitfalls that caused problems with those agencies.
Projects with the North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency (NORCOM) and Southwest Snohomish County Communications Agency (SNOCOM) ended with settlements in which New World agreed to reduce maintenance fees because of software issues.”
But as is usually the case here in Spokane, little if any follow-up is done by the media or our Elected Representatives, and why should anyone bother since the credit card has an unlimited balance.
Here is just a little bit of the BEFORE, AFTER, and ONGOING!
***NOTE TO PSC AND LORI KINNEAR: Go ask this guy how it’s going, remember he is one of those many, many high paid EXEMPTS Mayor Condon and you folks hired, and part of his job was to honcho this mess. Since the budget is upon you exactly how many of these high paid EXEMPTS are we paying for, and have any of you bothered to use your new personal trainer from the Spokane Club?
I REPORT HSS YOU DECIDE!!!