This article appeared in yesterday’s Spokesman Review and again demonstrates how the SR continually dropped the ball in obtaining the facts surrounding the Condon/Straub Regime as did the City Council. It was all right in front of them so the question remains…. “Why?”
The screenshot and links below are just a few of the times the SR ignored continued calls for investigative reporting, and again they don’t represent all of the emails sent to the media and City Council trying to get some movement on reporting the continuing complete destruction of the Spokane Police Department.
Right now the City Council is on a critical path in righting the SPD ship which will take several years to right as a result of Condon’s and Straub’s leadership. A legitimate investigation into what was going on at SPD MUST include an audit of SPD’s expenditures including the Forfeiture and Contributions Fund as well as the Trust Fund established at SPD which was under the control of Straub, Smith, Schwering, Dobrow, Meidl, and others during the time Straub was in charge. Over and over I have called for an audit of those funds but to this point the City Council has not taken the appropriate action. An audit of SPD expenditures IMO could be a key element in the defense of, in what I consider the unlikely event, Straub goes beyond his claim against the City and actually does file a lawsuit. The problem the City Council could very well have is that they approved all of the expenditures without the least bit of investigation and they might end up looking bad…but it needs to been done anyway.
I have had discussions with other reporters, including from the SR on how to proceed with an investigative report into SPD expenditures, and offered suggestions on how to go about it. Each and every time I emphasized just how tedious and exhaustive that process would be including having to fight the FOIA Battle, then analyzing all of the data and tracing receipts and expenditures. The best bet is for the City Council to get off their duff and get the audit process started…then we media can report on it.
THE SAGA AND THE EMBARRASMENT CONTINUES!!!