The answer is simple… A LAWSUIT, A FAILED PROTECTION ORDER, A FAILED FBI INVESTIGATION, AND A FALSE ARREST!!!
The hatred Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has for both Matt Shea and Scott Maclay is extremely well documented. That hatred led to Knezovich being a driving force behind the “Brady Cop” Deputy Travis Pendell lawsuit against Matt Shea and Scott Maclay, which apparently isn’t going well for the Sheriff or Pendell, after Pendell’s sworn deposition. The attempt by Knezovich and his allies, Brandi Peetz, and her father Bob West was summarily dismissed by a Judge, leaving only as far as Orders of Protection go, an effort to obtain one by Maclay’s ex-wife and Knezovich ally Laura Renz still open and headed for court. Kenzovich’s complaint to the FBI and subsequent investigation about Maclay threatening his life and putting a bounty on him went nowhere, even though members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Special Agent Jennings and Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Shane McClary, diligently interviewed many residents regarding Maclay, none of which have been covered by the local Main Stream Media other than a short article about the Shea lawsuit leaving this news site as the only place to get the facts. What is troubling about the lack of reporting by the local MSM is that a lack of diligent investigative reporting breeds corruption. It is hard to believe that the arrest of a Sheriff Knezovich political enemy (Maclay) at the Sam Strahan memorial service isn’t newsworthy, it is one of those stories that you start to investigate wait for a while out of respect and then in report on it. I don’t know how anyone could not think a full-blown Federal Investigation on Knezovich’s complaint against Maclay could not be considered news…but apparently the MSM don’t or they are too lazy to do the work. Whatever the excuse might be, it isn’t healthy for the Community.
As most of my readers know getting to the truth isn’t an easy task with the City of Spokane and Spokane County who delay Public Records Requests if they possibly can to keep the Public from knowing the inevitable truth. Both the City and County of Spokane could take a lesson from Pend Oreille County as far as diligence and transparency is concerned they have been great as far as responding to my Public Records Requests and yesterday in response to my latest PRR to them I promptly received the case disposition in State of Washington v. Michael Scott Maclay which is imaged below.
The decision not to charge Maclay is no surprise, even a lay person reading the arrest reports regarding Knezovich’s arrest of Maclay could easily see the arrest was based on hatred rather than Probable Cause. Even the involved Deputies reports placed the blame for the arrest squarely on Knezovich perhaps knowing it was motivated by other than true law enforcement purposes. When you read in an arrest report statements like this it becomes obvious that there is something deeply wrong with the arrest.
It is hard to tell whether Sgt. Simmons made that statement to Knezovich or not, perhaps depositions in a lawsuit will bring out the truth, however as the Pend Oreille Prosecutor points out it was pure fallacy.
With just a little bit of checking and reporter could have easily determined that Knezovich’s statements about Maclay assaulting his wife were false, and those statements are something Knezovich will likely have to answer to later this year.
Knezovich tried everything he could to get the Pend Oreille County Prosecutor to charge Maclay, and even went to unheard of lengths to do so.
When it became obvious to Knezovich that the Pend Oreille County Prosecutor wasn’t going to charge Maclay, Knezovich stuck to his MO and sent a nasty email to the Pend Oreille County Prosecutor in a last-ditch effort to get any kind of a charge against Maclay. We must now add Pend Oreille County Prosecutors to the long “List of Deplorables”.
Maclay of course isn’t the only one suffering from the wrath of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich “Under the Color of Law”, he has tried several times to intimidate other people, including myself, by threatening criminal charges against them, Maclay was just unfortunate enough to get arrested. The path between Knezovich’s office and Prosecutors Larry Haskell’s office must be worn deep.
No matter your Political Ideology, or opinion of Scott Maclay or Matt Shea this type of conduct must cease as no one knows who will be next.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
Every election cycle we hear the same old rhetoric from politicians running for office; “Unlike the past administration I will demand transparency!”. The problem is it never really happens, nor is the politician held accountable for not fulfilling campaign promises.
“I would explain it, and be transparent about that,” Stuckart says. “I know there are legal issues … It’s complicated. But I’ll try to be as transparent as possible. I don’t think withholding public records is very transparent.”
ONCE AGAIN…WE SHALL SEE!!!
The 2017 OPO Annual Report provides just a glimpse of the lack of transparency reality that exists as far as the City of Spokane and the Spokane Police Department is concerned. Granted the SPD is far more transparent than the SCSO, but the truth is SPD is far from transparent when it comes to anything that might make the them and the current administration look bad. In reviewing the 2017 Annual report I got a big kick out of this:
The reason I got a big kick about the OPO statement above and Recommendation #6 is because they are in reference to the McMurtrey story I broke and SPD wanted to hide a case I developed through sources. The McMurtrey case is much like another case SPD sure as heck doesn’t want made public involving one Cop accusing another Cop of being dishonest even to the point of contacting the Spokane County Prosecutor. Yes, I know guys and gals, but I doubt the City Council or the Public Safety Committee have a clue.
To give you and example of just how badly SPD wants the conduct of their Officers kept secret, think about how much time, money, and energy was devoted to trying to find out who my sources are, even to the point of falsely accusing OPO Logue of being one of my sources.
“What happens right now is someone calls Brian Breen and says ‘Hey, go request that one,'” Beggs says. “That should not be the way it happens.”
Well, Council member Beggs…nothing has changed since that Inlander Story.
This Recommendation by he OPO, is of course a “No Brainer”, from the standpoint of transparency, the problem is, and what everyone should understand is that the whole issue is a simple matter of Mayor Condon directing his Chief Craig Meidl to post all the IA Cases…no need for any ongoing discussion, the law is clear as to what can and can’t be posted.
If you wonder what the now defunct Use of Force Commission and Cops DOJ reports had to say about SPD Transparency…here, you go:
The fact is the only oversight left is the somewhat powerless OPO!
I should note that Council member Beggs is trying to legislate more SPD transparency, however his early Ordinance draft could create more problems for my friends Terri Pfister and Laurie Farnsworth, as it may force me to shotgun PRRs, something I would like to stay away from.
If you are really interested in the truth about SPD transparency you might want to read these previous stories…nothing has changed.
Mr. JOE SHOGAN, might find this April 3rd, 2016 story of mine interesting:
Kind of Interesting given the Dobrow and Lundgren testimony in Mayor Condon’s Ethics Hearing…don’t you think?
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!