Since both the apparent leaders in the Mayoral race won’t
respond to my tough and legitimate questions I thought I would try this to get
a few answers. Starting with Candidate Woodward and her most recent public
statements which Candidate Stuckart is more than welcome to jump in on.
“The one issue I have with the ombudsman situation as it stands now, I think the disciplinary measures need to come from the police chief,” Woodward said. “I wish we didn’t have to have an ombudsman situation, to be honest with you. I want to be able to believe that the police chief can do his job and weed out any bad apples if there are any.”
MY FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS:
“I think the disciplinary measures need to come from the police chief,” Woodward said”
***Candidate Woodward are you aware that the OPO Ordinance
strictly prohibits the OPO from having any involvement whatsoever in
“disciplinary measures” and they are entirely the purview of the Chief of
Police and the Mayor?
***Are you aware that the OPO Ordinance strictly prohibits
the OPO or OPOC from even commenting in any way about “disciplinary measures”,
or lack thereof, taken by the Chief of Police or the Mayor?
“I wish we didn’t have to have an ombudsman situation, to be honest with you. I want to be able to believe that the police chief can do his job and weed out any bad apples if there are any.”
*** Candidate Woodward are you aware that after former SPD
Officer Karl Thompson was convicted in Federal Court and sent to prison for
violating the Civil Rights of Otto Zehm and lying about his actions which the
Federal Prosecutors described as an “extensive cover-up” and “violent abuse of
power”, that in February of 2013 the voters of the City of Spokane
overwhelmingly voted in favor of a City Charter change creating the Office of
***Were you aware that the two individuals who championed
the Charter Change at the time were Conservative members of the City Council
Steve Salvatori and Mike Allan?
*** Were you aware that at the time the FBI was
investigating the Otto Zehm case then Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Mayor Verner
gave their complete and unequivocal support to Karl Thompson despite the
***Were you aware that as a result of the extensive SPD
Cover-up former SPD Officer Tim Moses plead guilty to Obstruction charges and
left SPD subsequently being placed on the Prosecutors Brady list along with
current SPD Officer Sandra McIntyre who was also involved?
***Are you aware that current Police Chief Craig Meidl whom
rumor has it you intend to keep said about Karl Thompson after he and his wife
saluted Thompson as he was hauled off to prison? If you haven’t you can read
***Are you aware that the Spokane Police Guild opposed any Spokane
police ombudsman’s authority to conduct independent investigations into alleged
officer misconduct which forced the issue to be subject to contract
negotiations during which the powers of the OPO have been extremely limited and
further limiting OPO powers are a big part of the current ongoing contract
***Candidate Woodward have you studied the Use of Force
Commission Report and the COPS/DOJ Collaborative Review?
***Candidate Woodward do you feel it is an appropriate expenditure of taxpayers dollars for Chief Meidl to assign an SPD Crime Analyst to do an analysis of all of my the Public Records Requests and my stories in an attempt to determine who leaks information to me?