YOU REALLY HAVE TO WONDER???

I was holding back on this information in order to use it in relation to my PRRs, however this SR story somewhat forces me to write about it today.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/jan/13/records-advocate-wants-all-spokane-police-body-cam/

Let me start by advising you that the emails I am providing below were readily available to the reporter who wrote the above story. I obtained the emails as a result of my PRR and it is a copy of the same disc that was provided to Nick Deshairs of the Spokesman Review, so unless reporters don’t share information one has to wonder why the SR isn’t using the information they have available to them.

The emails demonstrate that a meeting took place on 6/25/2015 between several individuals within the City regarding Public Records Requests, as you can see a plan was afoot to move SPD Records personell to City hall to deal with records requests and there is discussion about where to house them and costs. What any investigative reporter would notice immediately is that the original July 1st,2015 email by Terri Pfister was not provided in the released public records documents and contains attachments regarding what took place at the 6/25/2015 meeting regarding PRRs. Pfister’s email is however copied in the other emails.

So exactly what do the attachments contain and what were the City’s plans? Keep in mind that this meeting took place prior to the Cotton/Straub case being made public.

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One of the many compeling reasons I, and other media (yes other media) are questioning the Spokesman Review’s coverage of the Condon Administration is their reasoning behind not reporting on the text messages I obtained, via my PRR and offered to them, between Angie Napolitano and Monique Cotton that gives a good picture of what was going on.

 

Beyond the SR’s not using quality truthful information, the Napolitano/Cotton text messages were the result of Napolitano searching her private phone and providing the public records contained on her phone to Terri Pfister. I wonder why it has taken so long for others to do the same.

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IS THERE ANY OUESTION WHY THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW WILL NOT LET ME COMMENT IN THEIR PUBLIC COMMENTS SECTION?

 

THEY CONTINUE TO DELETE COMMENTS THAT REFERENCE ME IN ANY WAY MADE BY ANY POSTER. I MUST BE ONE HELL OF AN EMBARRASMENT FOR THEM!

 

I REPORT THE TRUTH, YOU DECIDE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COTTON/STRAUB PRR UPDATE

Time for an update regarding my September 5, 2015 (Yes September 5th) Public Records Request. As folks know who follow this Blog I had requested…well kind of demanded…that I receive affidavits of records searches on cell phones pursuant to the Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision in Nissen v Pierce County. If you recall, I had a little back and forth with Mr. Pat Dalton about the issue and I for the umpteenth time provided a list of the players below. Recent information I have developed will require me to add two individuals to the list, Nancy Isserlis and Rick Dobrow.

Mayor David Condon

Fire Chief Bobby Williams

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer

Monique Cotton

Lt Mark Criffiths

Frank Straub

Leroy Eadie

Teresa Sanders

Brian Coddington

Heather Lowe

 

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I hope the other local media continue to follow this Blog and take note of how their investigative reporting can assist in government oversight. Why is it important to obtain “Nissen Affidavits”? I have dealt with the answer in past stories but the short version is once the individuals have signed an affidavit under oath and it is later determined that the affidavit was not truthful, or Public Records were destroyed in violation of the law, there is big trouble in “The City of Choice”, or any other Washington City for that matter.

 

Last evening, I received my first City of Spokane’s version of a “Nissen Affidavit”. This one from Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. Remember that Mayor Condon attempted to move Monique Cotton to the Fire Department before he moved her to the Park Department.

 

It will be interesting to see how long it takes to get the remaining “Nissen Affidavits”, and especially those of Mayor Condon and Teresa Sanders. I doubt we will ever see a “Nissen Affidavit” from departed Frank Straub. However, we MAY at some point be able to read his deposition if the City Council refuses to settle Straub’s claim as they did in the Brad Thoma case, and all the dirty laundry is aired in public.

 

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As we all know currently there is an “Independent Investigation” being conducted by the City Council. That investigation under the City Charter has the authority to take testimony and statements under oath and subpoena records, including cell phone records, so we should be able to determine the validity of the investigation based upon what they DO or DON’T DO.

I don’t know about my readers but I’m anxious to see the “Nissen Affidavits” of Mayor Condon and Teresa Sanders, and compare those affidavits with some investigative holdbacks.

 

 

I REPORT YOU DECIDE!

 

 

So…YOU THINK I’M KIDDING?

 

Well I’m not! It is all about who you know around here or who you have the dirt on.

 

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For those of you that don’t remember John Hancock is the former Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony who left Spokane to take a job with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has since returned to good old Spokane.

 

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2004/aug/19/hancock-leaves-spokane-symphony/

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2004/08/23/daily24.html

 

 

I’m not quite sure where Mr. Hancock picked up his consulting expertize when it comes to the selection of Police Chiefs, but it must have been somewhere between Milwaukee and Spokane.

 

 

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I DON’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP I JUST REPORT IT FOR YOU TO DECIDE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEPOTISM AND CRONYISM…ALIVE AND WELL?

You always find some degree of Nepotism and Cronyism in government the extent of which is sometimes hard to determine. I have run across a couple of things that are both funny and sad at the same time, and things you probably wouldn’t know about unless you follow this Blog.

NEPOTISM AND SPD RECORDS?

Just for background it is important to understand that that there may be more folks down at City Hall being paid from the Police Department budget, who and how many we really don’t know. What is really evident is the City and SPD are having one heck of a time with PRRs including how to legally handle them. Mine of course have to be easy for them though…right??

 

BACKGROUND

I brought this up in a previous story but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate it here. In an email on March 16, 2015 Tim Schwering sent to the two SPD legal advisors Muramatsu and Jacobson he seems to making light of a very legitimate union complaint made by Beth Gleason an SPD Records Clerk.

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Both Muramatsu and Jacobson are lawyers in the City Attorney’s Office who are advisors to SPD. The question I have always had regarding both lawyers is, are they actually advising the SPD in the public interest or are they just protecting the SPD in the interest of the current administration. Ms. Muramatsu IMO demonstrated her position in this very public case involving the release of a very dangerous criminal (Jerry W Clark) back on the streets when she orchestrated the dismissal of charges along with former prosecutor Marianna Wright of steroid fame. Muramatsu’s position of course was complete and utter BUNK.

 

Police Chief Frank Straub, who has pledged to make Spokane the safest city of its size in the nation, said he supports the legal efforts to keep Quarles’ internal investigation closed, even if it means giving up prosecution of an ex-convict with a history of violence.

“I don’t support giving information about open cases to anybody,” Straub said. “We have an obligation to protect the due process rights and privacy rights of our officers during the course of an administrative or criminal investigation.”

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/may/31/officials-mum-on-cop-let-felon-off/

 

NITTY GRITTY!

 

The City of Spokane Bureaucracy is made up of husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, which often ends up in conflict of interest issues much like the problem that exists with Heather Lowe the head of Human Resources being married to a cop, so I thought it would be interesting to share an email where Marvin Tucker, Police Communications Supervisor making well over 100 Grand a year battles to get his son hired in Police Records. I have found some interesting information regarding SPD Records and Ms. Pfister’s Office which I will do a story on if and when I receive the records I have requested via PRR, but I thought this email pretty much says it all as far as Nepotism is concerned.

 

Tucker to Muramatsu

CRONYISM AND THE OFFICE OF POLICE OMBUDSMAN

For those that aren’t familiar COPS/DOJ Recommended that the OPOC write policy for the Ombudsman and Commission. No problem Right? Well apparently there is even though the OPOC is made up of bright people who we have spent money to send off for training in Internal Affairs. Someone decided that wasn’t enough so entered into a contract with a Condon Supporter and PR Consultant Susan Ashe.

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I’ve known Susan Ashe and Artis her husband for a long time, and she is very capable, as a matter of fact she would have been a far better choice by Condon as City Administrator rather than Teresa Sanders. She still has a shot once Condon gets enough guts together to throw the connected Sanders under the bus as more of the truth comes out. The problem I have is that Susan Ashe has NO experience in Police Internal Affairs, Police Oversight, or the operation of a Police Ombudsman Office so why in the world would we be paying her an amount not to exceed 20 Grand to write policy for the OPO when there is plenty of experienced people on the payroll that could easily do it, or the choice of a consultant with the proper background could have been made (There are a pot full of consultants out there with the appropriate background).

 

The only answer I can come up with is since Susan Ashe is a Condon supporter, and very friendly with Nancy Isserlis through their relationship at the Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA), she got the contract. That is the way things work in Spokane.

UPDATE!!!

The Captain Brad Arleth IA case is evolving into some real political infighting for who gets the job of kissing up to Condon as Chief of Police. The latest news out of SPD is that Mayor Condon has decided that we are going to pay for Condon/Straub Crony Tim Schwering to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy so Schwering can receive law enforcement certification with the State of Washington. Schwering has absolutely NO law enforcement background what so ever, was never vetted when Straub and Condon hired him as one of their Cronies after Straub met him at a big wig party, has never taken a polygraph which is a requirement to obtain State Certification, and sources tell me has been looking for another job. Remember Selby Smith another Crony hire…where is he today?

Anyone that has followed the SPD Drama knows that Tim Schwering has had his fingers in every screw-up that has taken place at SPD.

What does this mean? It could very well mean that the “search” for a new Chief of Police will be just like that last one and Condon will pick whomever the hell he wants. The most pliable and go boy group made up of Dobrow, Meidl, and Schwering is now in first position, how long they remain top dogs depends upon how much truth becomes public.

 

I REPORT YOU DECIDE!