There is no question the local MSM took
a big bite out of the arse of Shawn Audie, and School District 81 so people can
draw their own conclusions about their coverage. The truth is had Audie not
been the Campus Security Office involved in the fracas at Ferris High School
(for which he was cleared of wrong doing and no criminal charges have been
filed against him) Audie would in all likelihood still be employed by School
District 81. The reason that is true is quite simple, Shawn Audie met all the
criterion for being a School District 81 Security Officer at the time he was
hired including being Peace Officer in good standing with the State of Washington.
The reason Audie was in good standing with the State is because the Spokane
County Sheriff’s either royally screwed up Audie’s separation from the SCSO or some
type of agreement was reached with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Audie that he
would retire and fade away into the sunset, something that happens more often
than people realize. There is no disputing of the fact that Shawn Audie’s
status with the State of Washington was changed only after I brought the issue
forward to the Public on February 2, 2019.
Many of you may not be aware that the
importance of State Peace Officer Certification was the result of the rather
infamous Washington State Supreme Court Decision in Kitsap County Deputy
Sheriff’s Guild v. Kitsap County, 167 Wn. 2d 428 (2009). That case involved a lying Kitsap County Sheriff’s
Deputy named Brian LaFrance and a lawsuit brought by his union against Kitsap
County over an Arbitration decision. The Supreme Court ruled that because there
was no explicit, well defined, and dominant public policy preventing the employment
of dishonest police officers LaFrance could not be fired.
In order to establish explicit, well
defined, and dominant public policy the Washington State Legislature came up
with this which places the onus on State Law Enforcement Agencies and the
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to deal with lying Cops.
The WSCJTC deals with lying Cops often
but can only deal with them if the Law Enforcement Agency properly reports
under the penalty of perjury disqualifying misconduct to them, which obviously
was NOT the case with Audie.
One has to wonder why the local MSM
refuses to do their job in reporting the real facts surrounding the Shawn Audie
Since I bought up the Brian LaFrance case, I might as well bring up the Ozzie’s second firing of Deputy Travis Smith which I have reported but local MSM has not even though they reported Smith’s first firing by Ozzie ad nausea.
It never fails I go out of town for a while stop mail
delivery while I’m gone and when I get home and mail delivery starts again I
end up with a big box full of PRR Responses, anonymous letters containing
documents and all kinds of good stuff. I thought I’d start with this story
about Ozzie’s Command Staff directing Deputy Steven M. Stipe to commit perjury,
and then directing him to write a letter to the Washington State Training
Commission regarding Shawn Audie explaining how he was directed to commit
In case you didn’t notice right after the Inlander and Spokesman Review stories came out regarding Shawn Audie’s situation at Ferris High School, I immediately smelled a rat because I know Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hates former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk the former District 81 Director of Security, and District 81 Campus Resource Officer Earl Howerton also a former Spokane County Deputy so I knew good ole Oz would somehow try to grandstand the whole incident to make himself look like some kind of a hero and try and put others in a bad light. If you haven’t noticed that’s the way Ozzie works. As a matter of fact, I’m not so sure it wasn’t Ozzie himself who leaked the Audie IA Case to the press.
Sure, as heck my February 2, 2019 story caused an uproar for
my followers Ozzie, Mark Gregory and the crew at the SCSO, and things started
happening really quickly to cover some tracks.
Like any good investigative reporter, I did the obvious thing and checked to see if Audie was in good standing with the State of Washington. Ozzie knows other reporters around Spokane won’t bother following up on facts, but he knows I will, and he hates that. According to sources Ozzie really flipped his lid when I made this email public.
Look at these great quotes attributed to Ozzie in the SR
“They didn’t ask us any questions,” Knezovich said. “I don’t
know if they even did a background check.”
Knezovich also questioned the decision to hire Audie to work
On February 12, 2019 Deputy Steven M. Stipe writes this letter to the WSCJTC, which clearly states “per command staff directive, the reason for separation was ‘retirement’. The poor Deputy signed the NOPOS under the penalty of perjury.
The fact is when District 81 hired Shawn Audie he was in
good standing as a Peace Officer in the State of Washington.
There are a couple of things to notice in Stipe’s letter,
first note that on 2/4/2019 three days after the Audie stories hit the press “Command
Staff” told Stipe to change that sucker, secondly note the last two words under
Stipe’s signature “By direction”, makes it pretty plain doesn’t it?
These are copies of the September 5, 2018 and February 11, 2019 NOPOS:
Here is the IA Report that folks in the MSM had lots to say about, if you are interested. It is a typical Tim Hines IA Case. Looks a bit odd to me and I wonder why former LA Cop and now Deputy Theodore Jacobson did not suffer the same consequences as Audie
Here are some Brian Breen quotes for this story if anyone
wants to use them:
“Let’s just put it this way,” Breen said. “I’d recommend
that the Spokane County Sheriff pay more attention to his own agency rather
than stick his nose in District 81, City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley,
and whomever else business and do better compliance with State Law.”