I’M NOT BEING “CANTANKEROUS”…I’M JUST WONDERING???
And delays can breed suspicion: Brian
Breen, the cantankerous former cop who settled with the city over the Straub
public records delays, still believes favoritism is at play.
“It entirely depends upon how
much embarrassment the document or documents might cause someone,” Breen
says in an email. “Those that don’t, I get quickly. Those that do, come at
a snail’s pace.”
“They got hammered with a series
of unfortunate events,” says Tony Dinaro, who worked as a temporary
employee in the clerk’s office this year before taking a job with Spokane
County. “The clerk’s office really did run into a unique set of
circumstances staffing-wise. It was hard to make people believe things were
really that bad.”
I can’t help but wonder how in the
heck the Inlander received copies of Audie’s IA Case so darn fast when it takes
me months get documents like IA Cases from both the County and the City. This
timeline is unheard-of around here.
As an example, tomorrow I have to go
down to the Spokane County Prosecutors Office and go through pages of documents
from a request I made in November involving a Spokane County internal issue. I
have to go down there to review the documents because my CFO of over 50 years
won’t pony up the $139.49 the County wants to charge for the 377 pages of
I also wonder how much the documents
the Inlander received cost them. It is one thing for the MSM to get a response
speed break, but if I find out they are also getting a cost break then I am
going to get “cantankerous”.
Something that also causes me some wonderment is whether or not former Deputy Shawn Audie received a “Third Party Notification” that the records were going to be released to the Media, the quick time frame of the Public Records Response would seem to indicate that Audie was never offered the opportunity to object to the release. In some cases, agencies will make a “Third Party Notification” to stave off civil litigation.
“Audie remained a deputy until summer of 2018, when he
retired in lieu of termination as the result of an internal investigation.
According to the investigation documents obtained by the Inlander via public