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!!!
That is a question the City of Spokane Ethics Commission will have to answer.
“Did Mayor David Condon lie to the City Council when he told them that the Monique Cotton/Frank Straub Affair had nothing to do with the termination of the Mayor’s really rotten hire of Frank Straub as Chief of Police for the City of Spokane.”
The hearing lasted approximately four hours, and unfortunately was conducted as a “Contested Hearing” which prohibited the Ethics Commission from hearing all the evidence available to them unless they took it upon, or take it upon, themselves to review voluminous evidence available for their decision-making process.
Having studied all the available evidence I obtained through the PRR I submitted regarding the “Cotton/Straub Affair”, and the response to which was intentionally delayed by Mayor Condon until well after his election, I know full well that for the Ethics Commission to study all the evidence, it would consume a good amount of their own time.
The complainant in the case against Condon, Joe Shogan, did subpoena me as a witness, I did comply with the subpoena and was the first to testify. Not everyone Shogan had subpoenaed showed up including a critical witness City Administrator Teresa Sanders, who had previously been fined by the Ethics Commission for false public comments and played a major part in delaying the response to my PRR until after Mayor Condon’s election. Other no shows were Amber Waldref, and Breean Beggs. I should probably point out that an individual does not have to comply with an “Administrative Subpoena” and the only way the Ethics Commission an enforce their Administrative Subpoena is to obtain a court order for compliance in Superior Court.
It took a while to get the logistics for positioning witnesses for their testimony/questioning ironed out, but eventually it was and likely will be used in future hearings.
Mayor Condon’s lawyer Jim King, as anticipated, objected to my testimony as being too narrative, and of course after Ethics Commission Vice-Chair Brian Steverson who honchoed the hearing consulted with former City Prosecutor Milt Roland who is now legal counsel for the Ethics Commission, Steverson sustained King’s objection. Steverson did always defer to Milt Roland when there was an objection, and there were lots, the majority f which were sustained.
One of the funny things regarding my testimony is when Mr. King tried to imply to the Ethics Commission that I was violating the terms of the settlement agreement with Mayor Condon and the City by discussing the settlement, nothing of course could be further from the truth since as hard as the Mayor and the City tried, I absolutely refused to have confidentiality be a part of any settlement agreement. When I pointed out that Mr. King himself represented Mayor Condon during that process and he knew full well there was no confidentiality clause in the settlement agreement, he had no further questions for some reason. I testify that during the process of exposing the Cotton/Straub Affair and the intentional delay of providing responsive records to me, Mayor Condon kept the City Council completely in the dark about what was going on with the Cotton/Straub Affair even to the point that then Council Member Jon Snyder had to submit his own PRR requesting that he receive everything I did in response to my PRR.
I think a reasonable person could, if they wanted to, draw the conclusion that Mayor Condon tried so hard to keep the details of the Cotton/Straub Affair from the City Council back then that it would only make sense that he wouldn’t want to admit that Monique Cotton had anything to do with his rotten hire of Frank Straub and Straub’s subsequent termination.
It is too bad Teresa Sanders didn’t show, I would have liked to have heard Mr. Shogan ask her why she lied in this email to Laurie Farnsworth.
Of course, after a long drawn out battle we learned that Sanders did in fact have a lot of responsive records including text messages and interview notes, but who in the heck would want that kind of bad stuff made public…right?
During the hearing there was quite a bit of testimony, including from Mayor Condon regarding why he moved Cotton to Parks, basically Condon testified that the Park Department needed her because of the River Front Park imitative and her great PR expertise. What didn’t come out was that prior to moving Cotton from SPD she had been working from home to stay completely away from Straub, aside from that fact before moving Cotton to Parks he tried to dump her on the Fire Department, but they would have nothing to do with it.
Another interesting fact that wasn’t brought out was that Monique Cotton received a pay raise when she was transferred, some of course believe it was hush money for some reason…can’t understand why!
What is also interesting from the public record is the different drafts regarding Cotton’s move to Parks that were negotiated with the Mayor.
At east the May 4th, 2015 letter finally got the raise thrown in.
Mr. King, Condon’s lawyer did call as a witness former City Attorney Erin Jacobson, who of course backed her former boss by stating that Monique Cotton had nothing at all to do Straub’s termination, then quickly invoked Attorney Client Privilege and of course just couldn’t say anything more, which was to be expected.
Despite Jacobson claiming the Privilege it would have been nice to have heard Joe Shogan cross-examine her regarding statements she reportedly made to Sara Lynds regarding the Cotton/Straub Affair.
Cappel Interview Notes of Sara Lynds Re Erin Jacobson etc… Don’t read these notes if you aren’t into that Soap Opera Stuff:
There was of course a lot of testimony about a meeting that took place prior to the letter submitted to Condon by the Unions and Senior SPD Staff interesting thing about that meeting is that according to Steinolfson the Unions and Senior Staff “Not looking towards vote of no confidence…”.
To answer a question a couple of the Ethics Commission Members had regarding why despite no formal complaint being made by an investigation wasn’t done regarding Straub Harassing Cotton, among others. The answer is simple, if you do conduct the proper investigation it leaks out and boy are we gonna look bad!
Some folks might find this email exchange between Bob Dunn, Cotton’s lawyer, and Nancy Isserlis in which Dunn tries to get the City to pay his bill for representing Cotton, kind of funny, I actually didn’t and can’t help but wonder if we taxpayers ever did pay Cotton’s legal bill.
I for one find it a bit odd that even though Cotton was represented by a lawyer, made allegations among other things that Straub “grabbed her ass”, and “tried to kiss her”, Mayor Condon was so concerned he even went to Dunn’s office to discuss the complaint, that Monique Cotton according to Condon had nothing what so ever to do with Straub’s termination… weird stuff…right?
Yes, that’s right, there is a big pot load of evidence the Ethics Commission doesn’t have to gain a much better picture of what actually took place, I have made up my mind based upon a study of all the available public records, and can’t see how any reasonable person could not draw the conclusion that Monique Cotton was a major part of the Straub termination, of course you can draw your own conclusions, but keep in mind there is plenty of more evidence than the small amount I provided here.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!