As most folks know I receive a considerable amount of
information from sources about local law enforcement that other Reporters don’t
and even though I might receive information from a number of reliable sources
on a particular issue I still do my best to independently confirm and
corroborate as much of the information I can. Such was the case with an ongoing
IA Investigation into the possibility of inappropriate conduct between SPD
Officers and a young female Co-op/Explorer.
I keep the OPO and the Spokane City Council aware of what I
find but the Spokane City Council is nowhere to be found, nor is there any
evidence the even care about the problems at SPD, which I find odd considering
many of them are trying to get elected. One would think that Lori Kinnear, even
though she championed the hiring of Craig Meidl as SPD Chief and is the Chair
of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and who is running for
re-election would have an interest, but she obviously doesn’t.
I sometimes wonder if the City Council is dumb enough to
believe Chief Craig Meidl’s “Kill the Messenger” plan?
You would think that the City Council would figure out that
I don’t make-up the information I receive, it comes from good honest folks who
are very aware of SPD’s downward slide and want that changed. But then again it
is an election year and having the endorsement and financial backing of the
Police Unions is very important.
Sources advised me of what could be a significant problem
regarding the relationships between some SPD Officers and a young female
Co-op/Explorer and provided me with quite a bit of information I was able to
confirm including that the female Co-op was removed from the program for what
was described as…well…Conduct Unbecoming a Co-op/Explorer.
When I get information of this magnitude I think it is
important to get to the bottom of it and try and determine if it is true or
not, so in this case while trying to confirm some of the information I had I
basically gave Chief Craig Meidl a heads up and even though some information
was all over the Public Safety Building and other areas of City Government,
Meidl claimed he knew nothing, and he may not have, but he needed to know,
since this email I’ve provided SPD folks with even more helpful info.
I think the people who read my stories are very aware that
for a long time I have been looking into the very serious problems with the SPD
Police Anti-Crime Team, as a matter of fact I was the first reporter to report
on the 2 million dollar claim against the City and County by Detective Lonnie
Tofsrud and the only one so far who has been reporting an important story for
the entire Community.
Josh Kelety who replaced Mitch Ryals at the Inlander
followed up on my story in his May 2, 2019 Inlander piece. From what I see so
far I think Kelety is doing a good job replacing Mitch Ryals who was on top of
things for the Inlander until he made it to the big time. Kelety is at a bit of
a disadvantage however being new to the area (Oh…my gosh…Seattle! 😊)
and one of his peers at the Inlander has somewhat hindered the development of
SPD has initiated an IA Investigation based upon the
information I supplied, which is a real good thing considering the
circumstances and has interviewed some of the Co-op/Explorers which I
recommended. My hope is that it turns out not to once again tarnish SPD and we
get the results of the IA Case soon.
I think however I may have provided more information to SPD
which could extend the length of the IA Investigation. While looking to the SPD
PACT and Border Patrol arrest of Adam Doe who has since been deported and which
once again caused problems between Detectives and SPD PACT I reviewed Body Warn
Camera footage of the arrest and low and behold saw the female Co-op/Explorer
was inexplicably present at Adam Doe’s arrest. I immediately knew who she was
when I saw the footage based upon other photos and documents I had in my
possession, but it was necessary to confirm it was her which I did.
To confirm the identity of the female Co-op I reached out to
Public Safety PIO Michele Anderson who gave me confirmation.
I should note that although I am most certainly Persona Non
Grata with Chief Meidl, and despite his efforts to kill the messenger thus far
Ms. Anderson has been as transparent and upfront with me as is possible in her
This story along with the SPD PACT stories is developing and
I will keep you informed as best I can.