WHERE ARE WE ON THE HORRIFIC SPD DAN AND SCOTT LESSER BODY WORN CAMERA VIDEO???
Despite the fact that many people outside of the Spokane
Police Department have seen the video documenting the Officer misconduct during
the arrest of Lucas S. Ellerman and the Spokane City Council will likely see it
soon efforts in the background to keep it out of the Public Eye and mitigate
what really happen continue.
Spokane City Council Member Lori Kinnear the Chair of the Councils Public Safety Committee and who championed the hiring of Craig Meidl by David Condon and Teresa Sanders as Police Chief has been working in the background trying to mitigate the Officer conduct as just a bad choice of language used without paying the least bit of attention to the actual cover-up involved. The very close relationship between Kinnear and Meidl makes any oversight or accountability on the part of the PSC a complete farce.
One of the most laughable behind the scenes attempts at
damage control is to try and portray OPO Bart Logue as someone who knows
nothing about Police Work or Law Enforcement Use of Force. Chief Meidl and his
Senior Staff obviously haven’t bothered to read Logue’s Resume, so I’ll provide
Yes, indeed folks OPO Logue was a Cop, and his background
even includes being a Chief of Police, at P. I. (Parris Island) no less, Former
Marines will know exactly how difficult that job is. Beyond that he like most
Chiefs of Police is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, he trained in
Anti-Terrorism, he graduated from SPD’s own Reserve Academy and all kinds of
other things including a Forensic background that make him an outstanding resource
for the Citizens of Spokane in identifying Police Misconduct, and of course
I wouldn’t worry to much about it Mr. Logue someone who
doesn’t have credibility, ethics, leadership ability, and is worried about
losing their job will always try and kill the messenger with lie after lie,
especially those of us that know the Culture at SPD hasn’t changed at SPD since
the Otto Zehm case and Cover-up, as the Public will clearly see when they have
the opportunity to view the Lesser video firsthand.
OPO Logue and myself have exchanged emails over time but the
emails regarding the information I provided about the Lesser video really stand
out because there is no question whatsoever that Logue after watching the video
himself identified just how bad it is, and SPD’s efforts to cover it up.
Let me point out few statements Logue made that prove my
point from the very Non-Attaché type email to the
Head of IA DSI Jacqui MacConnell and Chief Meidl in which he passed my
information on as a formal complaint.
“So I watched this video today, I’m curious as to exactly
why there isn’t an IA potential misconduct case on this. In no way, shape, or form, would I recommend
to you to do anything but thoroughly investigate and document the steps that
you are taking.”
***It is clear to me that Logue is putting MacConnell and
Meidl on notice that he is very mad that SPD tried to hide the Lesser video
from him by not doing an IA Investigation even though the video clearly shows
Officer misconduct with a Citizen.
“While Chief Meidl stated (perhaps not an exact quote, but
certainly close) to me and Luvimae that
he wanted it to be handled more like a “Sergeant mentoring in the field when
they see something they don’t like,” I foresee some potential serious
implications if you do anything but treat this as you would any other alleged
***Logue identifies in this statement that Meidl in the
presence of a witness (something that is always needed with Meidl if the
conversation isn’t recorded) just how Meidl tried to cover-up and mitigate the
“At this point, I can see validity in Mr. Breen’s question
below that I should have been apprised of this issue much earlier than I was,
and certainly should have been apprised by SPD, and not Mr. Breen. In fact, it is my assessment that once this
was brought to my attention by Mr. Breen and I asked if there was anything to
this allegation, each person I talked to seemed to downplay the potential
significance of this event (that includes you all the way through Chief Meidl).”
*** Logue reiterates the widespread SPD Cover-up.
“This gives me pause to consider whether or not SPD may have
deliberately chose to circumvent the normal complaint process, and therefore,
undermine oversight of this matter.”
*** This is basically Attaché speak for you jerks did your
best to try and hide this from me.
“I would strongly recommend that SPD insure that there can
be no question that this concern was taken seriously and that there is no
perception of impropriety or special treatment.”
*** More Attaché speak for why in the hell would you give
SPD PACT members Dan and Scott Lesser real “special treatment”.
Now lets take a look at the email Logue sent to me informing
me he had passed my information forward as a Formal IA Complaint.
“So to answer your question, I do have access to all
information in IAPro, although I do have restrictions now on Evidence.com. For instance, I can no longer download video
for deeper review (using different programs) and I can no longer see the audit
trail which would show who has seen what and when. I also do not have those permissions in
IAPro, but it is something I will insist upon when I begin to do independent
*** Once again Attaché speak for SPD is so pissed at me for
putting your information forward they have taken away my IAPro privileges.
“I can unequivocally state, though, that my office WILL be
doing a deep dive into all Use of Force incidents. I have yet to determine the scope of my
review, but this case has fully informed me that trust, but verify, is an
absolute must. I have given credit to
Chain of Command reviews for in policy findings, but I now believe that they
could use scrutiny as well.”
*** Somewhat Attaché speak for since these jerks tried to
cover this up I’m going to have to go back and see what else they covered up.
“Currently, (in my opinion) SPD has a VERY permissive use of
force policy, so it is generally quite possible to find a use of force, even an
eyebrow raising use of force, within policy.
So if you have a policy where questionable tactics are still in policy, the
policy is simply broken.”
*** Attaché speak for SPD’s Use of Force Policy really
“I put significant effort into recommendations to the use of
force policy last year, and I will make my suggestions and recommendations
readily available when SPD goes forward with their proposed policy.”
*** Attaché speak for I have worked my ass off trying to get
SPD’s Use of Force Policy consistent with other law enforcement agencies but
Meidl and the Police Unions don’t want to get onboard.
It is pretty simple to understand what is going on here, its
War folks the problem is the side that was hired to look out for the Citizens
of Spokane has very, very limited weapons at his disposal and Mayor Condon,
Teresa Sanders, the Police Unions and Meidl have weapons up the ying-yang. How
are those contract negotiations going with the Union Mr. Mayor? We both know
the Unions are trying to further curtail OPO power…don’t we?
To be clear this case involves what some people view as
criminal conduct on the part of the involved Officers, something that has been
discussed in the inner SPD circles. What normally happens when there is the
slightest possibility of criminal conduct the Officers are put on Paid
Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the Investigations… funny thing
about this case is that step hasn’t been take… “special treatment”?