To get to the truth about this!!!
Most people know it is a battle to get to the truth with any government agency that isn’t transparent whether there have been negative reviews by Commissions, Federal Agencies, or IGs. Such is the case with the Spokane Police Department under the Condon Administration, it matters not that the Use of Force Commission, and the COPS/DOJ Collaborative Review over and over stressed the need for SPD to be transparent they just aren’t, so it ends up being the Media’s responsibility to try and get to the truth.
Chief Meidl apparently mentioned at a recent “BREAKFAST WITH THE CHIEF” function that he has sought technical assistance from the Department of Justice to help SPD with something.
That of course would be newsworthy in and of itself especially when you consider all the recent issues involving SPD, but beyond that I have conflicting reports from sources regarding exactly what the content of the interaction between Meidl and DOJ entailed. Several sources have told me that the contact is related to these obvious problems at SPD which I’ve been working on for almost a year now.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
The question I asked in my email to Meidl is a simple one, the question is will he respond and be willing to answer follow-up questions…in other words be transparent?
You might have noticed in the image of my email above I included Chief Meidl’s PIOs in the email in hopes of getting some kind of answer to a simple question whether it is from Meidl or one of his PIOs, and the reason I did that should be pretty obvious.
Chief Meidl doesn’t like to respond to my “individual requests” even though he does it for other reporters. He doesn’t even like to have the Media to have is phone number even though many do.
Since the Spokane City Council, including those running for office have been sitting on their thumbs regarding the issues with SPD even though I have kept them informed every step of the way, I have to wonder if the very, very false “Kill the messenger” strategy worked with them.
With respect to the “Kill the Messenger” strategy I can’t help but wonder what Meidl thinks about all the honest Cops and City Employees who like me want SPD cleaned up…okay…never mind I already know! 😊
How long will it take to get to the truth on this one, based upon all the history of a lack of transparency odds are several months!