I’m glad to see Spokesman Review Columnist Shawn Vestal is
keeping track of just how bad Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl’s newly established
Lesser Use of Force Policy and the need for legitimate oversight of SPD
When you are very aware that the “Culture” at SPD is worse
than it was after the cover-up of the Otto Zehm case and the subsequent
conviction of SPD Officer Karl Thompson
and you review and bring to light all of the continuing problems with SPD one
can easily conclude the reason those problems continue is that SPD leadership
hasn’t changed the attitude they expressed during the Otto Zehm era. When Mayor
David Condon bypassed everything and everyone to hire the very pliable Craig
Meidl to lead SPD the handwriting was on the wall even though he was able to
convince some people that he had seen the light and had changed since his very
public and inexplicable admiration for his beloved mentor and friend Karl
Thompson. The same is true for Major Kevin King who people should remember was
not only the founder of the infamous “505” Facebook Page but also the lead on
sales of those wristbands all the Cops wore in support of Karl Thompson. King
of course was also instrumental in the exoneration of Dan Lesser and the
establishment of the new Lesser Use of Force Policy.
Needless to say, I will be doing more stories on the new SPD
Lesser Use of Force Policy and the extreme problems with the SPD Patrol
Anti-Crime Team, but for now I just want to add a little more information to
Shawn Vestal’s column.
To be perfectly clear even though I have received many of
the Lesser case documents I requested way back on April 22, 2019 SPD has not
fulfilled my request and now tell be that they won’t until sometime “on or about December 2”, of course there will
likely be yet another 30 delay beyond December 2, 2019 once we have a new
Was there cover-up of
the Lesser case like there was in the Otto Zehm case? Well of course there was,
SPD did not under any circumstances want the public to see the Body Worn Camera
Video, and the only thing that got in their way of covering it up was the good
Cops on SPD.
Shawn Vestal in his column documents the fact that Lt. Rob
Boothe the SPD Use of Force Expert found the deployment of Lesser’s K9 out of
policy as did Sgt. Wheeler, but here is the kicker Boothe went above and beyond
his own assessment by asking IA Investigator Sgt. Everly to review the BWC
Video and the Use of Force on 2/19/2019 because of Boothe’s concerns about a
bias he might have due to his previous experience with Dan Lesser’s Use of
Force issues. So, who caught on to the fact that IA was aware of the case on
2/19/2019 and didn’t inform him…none other than OPO Logue.
Yes, indeed IA knew on 2/19/2019, and yes IA knew on April
22, 2019 when I submitted my first Public Records Request…yet SPD said no such case
Imaged below are the documents every member of the Public,
and every Candidate for office should read, Mayor Condon, Chief Meidl, and
Major King surely were hoping I would simply overlook these facts…it is a good
thing OPO Logue didn’t.
Interesting and perhaps accurate but that remains to be
seen. I just wish Jess Walter would have come forward as he did in the Inlander
piece when Mayor Condon orchestrated the political hiring of Frank Straub who
significantly aided in the downward spiral of the Spokane Police Department a
spiral which continues to this day. Straub of course was a very close friend of
Rudy Giuliani and even worked for Giuliani at NYPD and in Giuliani’s private
consulting firm. Aside from his very close relationship with Giuliani. Straub
was also very close to, and worked for disgraced and convicted felon for taking
bribes from the Mafia former NYPD Cop and later NYC Police Commissioner under
Giuliani, Bernie Kerik. All of these facts were well known prior to Straub’s
hiring and were provided to the local MSM but were completely downplayed and
resulted in the very predictable outcome for the Citizens of Spokane.
Jess Walter ghost wrote Kerik’s memoir “The Lost Son”: A
Life in Pursuit of Justice. There is no question in my mind that Walter was
hoodwinked into believing Kerik was a great guy like many others were, until
the truth came out about what Kerik really was and is something that is
important to keep in mind about Politicians when you vote.
When Spokane went to the Strong Mayor form of government
(Sometimes referred to as “Eugster’s Folly”) it was inevitable that cronyism
and nepotism would play a big part in how Spokane is run, and there is no
question Mayor David Condon has taken every advantage of that open door.
Young Mr. Walter’s endorsement of the Progressive folks I
would consider predictable and may well be helpful to them, I have no problem
with anyone endorsing anyone I just wish people would quit picking on us
Boomers directly or obliquely, we aren’t completely at fault! 😊
Mr. Walter opines;
“The stealth campaigns of former TV anchor and mayoral
candidate Nadine Woodward and city council presidential candidate Cindy Wendle
remind me of those weak-mayor days, when the city elected figureheads and
outsourced the real decision-making to the dining room of the Manito Country
He is probably just too young to know that the “outsourced real
decision-making” previously took place at “The University Club” dining room
atop the Ridpath Roof where all the “King Makers” gathered including Bill
Cowles to make the real decisions.
It seems that no one is asking perhaps the most important
question of the Mayoral Candidates and it is a simple one…”Who is going to help
you run the City?”.
I think KXLY Melissa Luck and Taylor Graham and others at KXLY are doing a real good job on trying to document the Jonathan Andersen “catch and release” via court records, but the court records don’t tell the whole story and they never do. Having been made aware of the problems with the case immediately after Andersen was arrested for Murder I simply did more digging.
“Prosecutors, however, missed a 72-hour deadline to file charges and Andersen was released from jail without having to post bond. Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Haskell told 4 News Now that’s because his office was waiting on information from Spokane Police. When they finally got that info, it was a day too late.”
However, Public Records show otherwise. The truth is that
Andersen was arrested on for the firearms charge on Friday April 12, 2019
around 3PM, the 72-hour rule excludes weekends and holidays. On Monday April
15, 2019 sometime prior to 2:21 PM Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Treppiedi
had in his possession a charging request and PC Affidavit from SPD Officer
Shane Oien. Oien had forgotten to include in his original charging request
Andersen’s convictions that would have counted for First Degree Illegal
Possession of a Firearm (Oien had included the charges in his search warrant
* 2nd Burglary (2 counts) and Residential Burglary-
conviction date 06/14/13
* 2nd Burglary- conviction date 11/19/08
* Residential Burglary – conviction date 02/09/06
* 2nd Assault – conviction date 05/26/05
On Monday April 15, 2019 at 2:21 PM Treppiedi sent an email
to Oien in which Treppiedi stated “ As it is written, I can only charge 2nd
UPF”, making it very clear that Treppiedi could have filed Felony Second Degree
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm within the 72-hour restriction which would
have held Andersen and later amend the charges upward to First Degree UPF,
which happens often in the criminal justice system. Oien immediately responded
On Tuesday April 16, 2019 within the 72-hour restriction
Oien prepared and signed under the penalty of perjury a PC Affidavit for
charges of First Degree UPF against Andersen, which included the counters for
First Degree UFP. The question is when did Treppiedi receive the amended PC
Affidavit and what did he do with it.
This isn’t the first time the Prosecutors Office has accused
SPD of not getting arrest paperwork and affidavits to them on time where
someone was released and committed a heinous crime, the same thing happened
when I was on the job which resulted in me having to write policy that all arrest
affidavits and reports were required to be submitted to the Prosecutor well
within the 72-hours and officers were required to obtain a signed, dated, and
timed receipt from the Prosecutors office which alleviated the blame game and
allowed the then strong SPD leadership to investigate exactly what happened as
I have done here, determine whether or not SPD Officers were to blame and if
they weren’t publicly call BS on a Prosecutor who blamed SPD, that type of
leadership doesn’t exist today.
The digital records regarding when Oien submitted the
charging affidavit would show when Treppiedi received it, but because there is
a lack of accountability in the system and because there was a huge mistake in
letting this guy out, the local criminal justice system will just hope it goes
away, be forgotten and no one will be
Shortly after the Murder Jonathan Andersen became a prime
suspect and people were talking.
Notice from the KXLY story above that the Murder Andersen is
charged with took place on Sunday July 7th, 2019 around 4:30 PM.
Prior to the Murder on July 5th, 2019 Marcy Smith the County
Criminal Court Coordinator whose job it is to try and keep track of cases sends
Treppiedi this what the hell is going on with this case email.
In Ms. Smith’s email she states that the information (PC Affidavit
etc.) was filed on “ 4/18” which is one day beyond the 72-hour requirement,
which begs the question if Treppiedi had Oien’s amended PC Affidavit on April
16th or 17th why it wasn’t filed with the Court when it
I have provided links below to the Public Records I have
obtained and if you read them you will find that there are a lot of interesting
aspects to this case which I won’t get into at this point but include issues
with SPD PACT, US Marshal Service, ATF, and DEA. You might note ATF Agent Mario
Piergallini’s interest in taking the case and Assistant US Attorney Patrick
Cashman’s request to talk to Treppiedi about the case.
I did reach out to Cashman and got the good old “no comment”
but I’m not a pretty face like the KXLY gals so maybe they would have better
There is no question Andersen is a bad guy and never should
have been released, as long as the system is made up of Humans there will
always be problems and when those problems occur they need to be scrutinized,
corrected, and someone must be held accountable.
“4 News Now reached out to Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for
comment, as he often weighs in when criminals are released on low bond or on
their own recognizance. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the sheriff
won’t comment, as this is still an active investigation.”
This story should pretty well explain why Ozzie kept his mouth shut this time! 😊
Trust me on this folks. People on the “Shea List”, or anyone
concerned about being tracked, should consider buying one of these. I know from
experience it is a pain in the rear to crawl underneath a vehicle to attach or remove
a GPS Tracking Device especially in the winter so one of these would be very
helpful if you want to check your vehicle for trackers.
If you do find one make sure you DM SR Reporter Chad Sokol,
because I would love to read that story.
One thing to keep in mind is if you do locate a tracker on
your vehicle and before you accuse the Shea Crew, you want photograph it in
place, be very careful removing the tracker use gloves to preserve finger
prints and so your own don’t show up on the device, prior to contacting Chad
Sokol or Law Enforcement try and determine the brand to make sure it isn’t a
law enforcement tracking device, or just an over the counter model. If you are
able to determine it is a law enforcement device I would contact a lawyer first
if I were you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes even the high-end law enforcement trackers fall off the vehicle, so it is also a good idea to check the cartilage around your home and driveway to make sure one hasn’t fallen off your vehicle as was the case here. As you can see you may be interrogated by law enforcement if they think you stole their tracker…so be careful.