For folks that aren’t aware, including some of the Media that are finally following the Knezovich/Tyler story, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a well-documented history of trying to threaten and intimidate people, many times in my opinion “under the color of law”, using many different venues including Social Media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Yesterday was no exception and the Sheriff primarily focused on one individual, Vitaliy Maksimov, and a group of women who are trying to get the truth out. As you can see from the screenshot above Knezovich’s FB Post is without question a threat, and because he threatens to take official reports to some GOP meeting a good case can be made the threats and intimidation were once again “under the color of law”.
Mr. Maksimov’s situation however, is quite different from the group of women the Sheriff threatened on FB yesterday, because as far as I know Mr. Maksimov, isn’t nor has he ever been, employed by Spokane County.
I think it is important you take a serious look at the Sheriff’s intent in getting his threats out to the group of women.
Think about how some of the women, especially those still employed, might feel about the Sheriff making a formal complaint to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) since the BoCC are now in charge of the jail, having taken it over from the Sheriff, and employ some of these women. Considering that any legitimate investigation may very well demonstrate mismanagement on the part of the BoCC, don’t you think they might be worried about getting a fair shake?
Repeatedly the Sheriff threatens “defamation and liable [sp] suits”, something some of us have learned to expect, but something I would guess the victims here aren’t necessarily used to.
As I said here some women perceived this meeting as a threat:
*** (I guarantee you some folks at this meeting took it as a threat…read it carefully and decide for yourself. It would be nice to hear from some of them. When someone is digging their own hole, just let them keep digging!!!)
(Oz) “Are you aware that the jailers…since you want to bring it up…are you aware that the Sergeants filed a no confidence vote on Phil Tyler…and wanted me to remove Phil Tyler from being a Lieutenant…without just cause because they had none…they admitted there is no just cause here Sheriff… we want him removed…are you aware I met with the Sergeants and went…do you want me to start operating outside of the confines of the contract and contractual law and labor law…is that what you’re telling me…
(Me) They didn’t think he was very good then…right?
(Oz) “You want me to remove this Lieutenant…right…right…which you admit (pointing to me) …that there is no just cause…”
(Me) I never admitted there was no just cause…
(Oz) “The Sergeants…right…so we put that all up on the board…I says now Sergeants if I do that for them do I do that for you also…If one of your troops have a beef with you…do I remove you without just cause…and they went oh no…no that can’t happen…you can’t do that Sheriff…I says you want me to do this to the Lieutenant…sure this has some issues…”
(Me) What issues were those?
(Oz) “It’s very black and white…right and wrong…and they didn’t like that…they didn’t like that…so at the end of the day…they all went you know Sheriff we all appreciate the meeting…we all appreciate you listening to our concerns about Phil…no we don’t want you to remove him without just cause…and we sent Phil to some leadership training…that was the nuts and bolts of it Brian…so back to this…”