Indeed, they are Ozzie, and poor law enforcement decisions
often add fuel to the fire of the Gun Control Issue” especially when the leader
of a law enforcement agency isn’t willing to admit a critical mistake was made
and instead uses a Murder/Suicide to try and push a new jail agenda.
“Had Deputy Jim Reed arrested Cholewinski for a
misdemeanor, Knezovich added that it may not have mattered mostly because of an
overcrowded jail, which he contends the 61-year-old would have been let out of
within hours of the incident.”
Whether or not the jail was overcrowded, and the length of a
jail stay has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the judgement not to
utilize Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Policy 417 regarding “Emergent
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, meanwhile, said the deputy
simply made a judgment call that “didn’t work out.”
No Ozzie it didn’t work out, but it may have if Deputy Reed
had considered whether or not he had reasonable cause to believe that Dave
Cholewinski person was suffering from a mental disorder or a substance use
disorder which presented an imminent likelihood of serious harm or was in
imminent danger under the fact pattern described.
type of protocol in these situations,” Knezovich said. “Our decisions tend to
be final and life changing.”
Well Oz, the truth is because law enforcement does make law
enforcement decisions which are sometimes “final and life changing” agencies
develop protocols, policies, and procedures like your Policy 417 which covers
his type of case.
I kind of wonder if anyone else is worried about Ozzie’s memory?
I sure as heck remember the Sheena Henderson Murder/Suicide that brought about
legislation which many Gun Rights folks were very concerned about, and Ozzie
also initially refused to fess up and face up
“There’s no way they could have a crystal ball to
know,” the sheriff says.
“At the time, he could have been just fine,”
Knezovich said of Henderson’s emotional state during the Monday interview with
deputies. “Who knows what happened during the 17 hours after we talked to him.”
Although Henderson was a trained officer and
discussed his law enforcement background with deputies during the Monday
suicide assessment, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said it had no
bearing on the conclusion that he didn’t pose an immediate threat to himself or
others. “It was his statements” about looking to the future, getting on with
his life and wanting to be a father to his kids, Knezovich said. “I’ve been on
many suicidal calls and they say the same things, and go on to be just fine.”
He then pulled the trigger on himself, even though
he promised Spokane County deputies less than 24 hours earlier he did not feel
suicidal and would not kill himself, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich
told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.
“He said he would never do that to his kids —
they were his whole world,” Knezovich said.
Instead of blaming his deputies, Knezovich believes
no mental health training for officers could have prevented Sheena Henderson’s
“There’s no way they could have a crystal ball
to know,” Knezovich added. “The only finger to point here is at the
individual who decided to kill his wife and then himself.”
Now here is the real kicker in Jonathan Glover’s SR story!
Knezovich, who’s been critical of a court system
that lets “criminals run free on our streets,” according to an email he sent on
May 3 to several county leaders, said Friday he didn’t want to speculate on
whether his deputy made the right call in not arresting Cholewinski.
Here is a bit of news for you Oz, no you should not
speculate but you sure as hell have a responsibility to the Community as the
leader of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to investigate all of the
circumstances surrounding the decision Reed made and determine a number of things,
including whether or not Reed was properly trained.
Aside from your responsibilities to investigate you have to
consider whether or not, as is often the case, this possibly bad law
enforcement decision will end up being a catalyst for bad law!