And if you were having a good time at Northern Quest Casino but the good time was interrupted when you had your wallet stolen would you get the same special treatment a good friend of Tracie and Craig Meidl’s, who is also a City employee, did?

Giving special treatment to certain people who are crime victims is something that happens all the time with law enforcement agencies and it is something that they don’t like the public to know about as obviously people who don’t get that special treatment when they are crime victims would get very upset, and in some cases law enforcement agencies will go to great lengths to keep the public from finding out. You can make your own decision whether that was the case with Mayor Condon’s Director of Local Government and Multi-Cultural Affairs Gloria Ocha-Bruck.

The story begins with receiving numerous complaints about the Meidl’s playing favorites with certain people including some of the “Golden Boys and Girls” at SPD, which is not uncommon in any organization Public or Private, and is sometimes hard to prove but many times ends up in civil litigation against the organization like it has so many times in the past for the Condon Administration and most recently in the case I have been reporting on here.


This story has a direct relationship to other stories I have been reporting on that the MSM has not for some reason, because it involves the SPD Patrol Anti-Crime Team.



Most people would think it would be pretty easy for an Investigative Reporter to confirm whether or not the SPD PACT was used for special treatment of a special person simply by doing a Public Records Request, but those people should probably think again after reading this story.

On April 3, 2019 I submitted a PRR requesting the following;

“Please provide any and all reports including arrest reports relating to the theft of property belonging to City employee Gloria Ochoa-Bruck. The theft took place at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights and was investigated by SPD PACT. Also please include the CAD/RMS logs for the case.”

Pretty easy right…all SPD has to do is diligently search their data bases for Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, incidents at Northern Quest Casino, or even just go ask the SPD PACT if they made an arrest involving Gloria Ochoa-Bruck’s property. Well…that’s the way it is supposed to work but for some reason it never does for me perhaps because the things I come up with Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl don’t want the Public to know about.

On April 16, 2019 I get this response from SPD Records;

Right away I knew it was BS as I often receive documents Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl don’t want me to have.

When I know the truth and I’m stonewalled by SPD my first move is to contact City Clerk Terri Pfister who is the City of Spokane Public Records Officer and has always been helpful in the past. You can read my email interaction with Ms. Pfister at this link.


Well Ms. Pfister did her job and as you will see got the ball rolling to in my efforts to get to the truth. I should note that Mayor Condon in my opinion has purposely understaffed and underfunded the City Clerk’s Office to make it more difficult for Investigative Reporters and the Public to get to the truth even though he made promises to provide the Clerks Office with more funding after my lawsuit against the City.

“But while the City Council allocated an additional $100,000 for the city clerk’s office in the 2017 budget, little of that was actually spent: Nobody new was hired that year.”

“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.”


“cantankerous former cop”…NOT ME!!! 😊

The link below which is an email exchange between Chief Meidl’s employee Badge ID 1249 and me will give you some idea of the battle I continually have to fight with Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl to get to the truth.


Obviously as Yogi says;

More to come!!!



As I’m quite sure that government investigators and lawyers as well as ACLU lawyers and investigators are mining the internet for all kinds of social media posts to either pursue or defend civil litigation, including those posts that have been deleted, I wanted to make sure that my story today was accurate.  


So, I shot off this email to CBP Agent Bill Kingsford to make sure I was accurate.

Agent Kingsford responded with this email.

Just so there isn’t any confusion caused by me the authority that CBP uses to conduct the bus checks is derived from 8 CFR 287 in conjunction with INA 287.  The policy and procedures that CBP created are based on a 2002 court case United States v. Drayton.


Even though Agent Kingsford at this point can’t discuss the claim specifically I’m sure he would be more than happy to provide insight to other reporters about how CBP works and their various policies as they relate to their job. It is always nice to have both sides of an issue if both sides are willing to provide it.



I have a little different take on this SR Story.


“The recipients have six months to respond before the lawsuit moves forward in federal court. Bill Kingsford, a spokesman for the Spokane sector, declined a request for comment on behalf of the agency, saying, “We don’t comment on current litigation.”

It is too bad other Media didn’t contact Bill Kingsford and ask the right questions prior to the inevitable ACLU claim against CBP. I and CBP were expecting this and certainly Mohanad Elshieky, Mohanned El-Shieky, Muhanad Saleh, whatever his name is MAY BE a good pick by the ACLU for an individual with “standing” to purse a claim against the US Government or he may NOT BE depending upon the extent DOJ looks into the issue to defend the claim. Elshieky’s social media account of the incident, whether true or not, received national attention and even an apology from current City of Spokane Council President and candidate for Mayor of the City of Spokane Ben Stuckart. It would appear that Mr. Stuckart and others actually just jumped to conclusions without much in the way of checking the facts.

When this whole issue was brought to the forefront by the comedian, it immediately struck me as odd so prior to contacting Agent Kingsford, like any Investigative Reporter would, I did a little background on the comedian and took note of the fact that he has used a number of different names while he has been here in the US.


I also wanted to determine whether CBP’s preliminary and cursory inquiry into the allegation had come up with anything which may have been a violation of CBP policy a policy which was established to conform with Almeida-Sanchez v. United States the SCOTUS a Carroll Doctrine case and the case that Breean Beggs and the ACLU are hanging their hat on when it comes to bus searches by CBP.


During my interview with Agent Kingsford, he was very open and told me that they had no evidence at that point that CBP policy and procedure had been violated, whether or not anything else has come up since that interview I don’t know and of course it would be inappropriate for Kingsford to comment now because of the ongoing possibility of litigation, however if there was a policy violation I’m sure the ACLU will bring it forward if this thing gets to Court.

Having done my share of “Terry Stops”, and actually teaching the reasonable suspicion aspect to Rookie Cops, I of course asked Agent Kingsford whether or not the fact that the name on the comedian’s bus ticket being completely different from other documents he provided to the CBP agents would have been an additional reasonable suspicion element to detain and check further. Kingsford obviously and rightfully answered in the affirmative.

It looks like CBP is going to get beat up by most of the local and national media folks, so I thought I would just throw in a little different perspective.

I honestly wish our local elected officials would spend as much time worrying about the possibility that our own SPD is violating Civil Rights rather than worrying about what the Feds are doing!






As you can see from reading the documents at the link below which deal with Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell’s decision to place both Detective Tofsrud and Officer McCollough on the Brady List Mayor Condon is using his City Attorney Mike Ormsby to try and keep the lid on things. Take note of the MOTION TO QUASH SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM Ormsby his SPD Lawyer Mary Muramatsu submit to the Court.


More on this later, and the STUFF hit the fan today at City Hall and SPD!!!