One thing you can count on, when it comes to Public Records Requests that might end up being embarrassing to an elected official is that responses to those requests won’t be by any means fast. Slow walking Public Records Requests is a good strategy from the standpoint of the Public losing interest in or just forgetting about media stories that have a negative impact on or puts government in a bad light. It is a strategy that works quite well with the Main Stream Media, but I try and do my best to report what Ozzie describes as “Just Old Dirt” no matter how long it takes to get the facts and what usually ends up happening is the MSM will finally jump in once I have done all the work and the stuff ends up hitting the fan.
Ozzie’s re-firing of Deputy Travis Smith hasn’t hit the MSM yet even though when Ozzie originally fired Smith there was story after story, and one would think that Smith being fired yet again would be of interest to the MSM, especially since the case involves, among other things, the handling of a Domestic Violence Case.
The question I would think Smith’s lawyers in his most recent firing would be whether or not Ozzie targeted him because of Ozzie’s previous firing of Smith, as well as other issues including the adequacy of SCSO training.
As far as the Smith case is concerned, and as he has with others in the past, Ozzie made an unsuccessful attempt to have criminal charges brought against Smith which will likely be a key factor in Smith’s appeal of the firing.
You can read the case Ozzie presented to the Prosecutor by clicking on the link below.
In reading the report (Above) Ozzie sent to the Prosecutor for charges against Smith a number of things stand out to me. First and perhaps foremost is that obliviously the SCSO needs considerably more training regarding RCW 9.73 which is the Washington State Privacy Act. In the report a number of times the Deputies refer to Washington State being a “TWO PARTY” consent State, which it definitely IS NOT, as I have continually pointed out. Washington State is in fact an “ALL PARTY CONSENT” State, meaning that ALL PARTIES involved in a private communication must give their consent to the recording being made unless one or more of the exceptions in the law applies. The Washington State Privacy Act is complex and has resulted in considerable case law the SCSO needs to get up to speed on.
Beyond the need for considerably more training, I don’t see where Smith made any effort to try and hide the surreptitious recording from his brass, and as a matter of fact indicates he didn’t delete the recording which one would think a person trying to hide something would have done immediately, but that will likely be something for an Arbitrator to decide.
I’m unclear based on this paragraph in the report whether or not there is some other issue involving Smith. If there is another issue my hope is for the taxpayers sake it is a better case then this one appears to be against Smith. Especially when you consider exactly what City Prosecutor Bingham stated about charges against Smith.
OTHER STORY UPDATES!!!
I’m still working on corroborating some of the facts for “WHO WILL WIN THE BATTLE…PART THREE”
Included in that work is trying to figure out Ozzie’s conflicting public statements regarding his friend Phil Tyler, based on the Fossum Report Public Records. One of those issues is what I refer to in my own mind as the “Mossoni Massacre”, Michelle Mossoni being one of the female Detention staff who made complaints against Phil Tyler including assault which resulted in nothing happening as far as Tyler was concerned but Mossoni ended up being targeted for discipline.
I know Ozzie had to be very aware of the Mossoni complaint because not only did I bring it up in the Ozzie/Buff Episodes, but he also was present and asked questions during Mossoni’s Grievance Hearing.
As you can see from Ozzie’s public statements to the MSM on March 8th, 2018 when the “Stuff” finally hits the fan regarding his friend Phil Tyler Ozzie states he has never known Tyler to lose his temper.
While Knezovich says Tyler could be controlling sometimes, he’s never known him to lose his temper. “If this is true — this is not the guy I know,” Knezovich says.
A few days later Ozzie tells his other friend and Frequent Conservative Critic Shawn Vestal he ordered Tyler to undergo anger management.
Knezovich said he ordered Tyler to undergo anger management. Tyler left the jail in 2014; he later filed a complaint alleging racial discrimination. Spokane County settled with Tyler for $100,000 in Dec. 2016.
Which of course begs the question if Ozzie never knew Tyler to lose his temper, why the hell would he order him to undergo anger management, and did it have anything to do with the “Mossoni Massacre”. I can’t find anything in the Fossum Report where Ozzie ordered Tyler to undergo anger management, I would think if in fact he did order Tyler to undergo anger management Gail Bass’s lawyers would get it in the Discovery process of her $1.2 million dollar claim against Ozzie and the County.
As an update to this story;
I received my final installment of records from the City of Spokane Valley regarding the fun Valley Council member Brandi Peetz and her husband had while they attended the “Fly-In”. I should add that the folks at the City of Spokane Valley were very diligent in the response to my PRR, and I did get everything I need for a story. I even got a Nissen Affidavit from Brandi Peetz, something I’ve never gotten from Ozzie Knezovich.
So far it looks like Brandi and her husband had “pretty much” fun according to an email between Peetz and Council member Ben Wick, even though she missed some of the events she was supposed to attend.
More on this later, but it doesn’t look like, to me at least, that taxpayers got much bang for their buck.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!