Media stories like this one are always perplexing to me
because they seem to always leave out important information. Hopefully one of
the CC Members would have asked the right questions of Assistant Chief Lundgren
during this meeting.
“There are 10 officers assigned to the downtown police precinct. Five more officers are on the way, thanks to a voter-approved public safety levy, but they must first attend the police academy and are not expected to join the precinct until 2020.”
The obvious question would be how many of those 10 Officers
who are assigned Downtown are actually working Downtown during any given shift
or are 10 Officers assigned Downtown every shift?
It is a critical question in my view because Chief Craig
Meidl has completely done away the long history of providing any public
documents relating SPD Staffing. As hard as I have tried via PRRs this is the
only document currently available, and if Chief Meidl is also hiding actual
resource deployment from the City Council how can they make informed decisions?
Heck even Meidl’s own people suggested at least taking it
down to the Sgt. level?
*** RIP JD Anderson and thank you!
THREADING THE NEEDLE AND WHOPPERS REPORT!
I have no idea how many Chief of Police presentations I have
seen over the years, and every one contained “Whoopers”. Chief Craig Meidl’s
presentation before the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission was pretty close
to his Mentor Frank Straub’s record for “Whoopers”. Even though there were more
including his statement that the COPS/DOJ Collaborative Review was the result
of Straub’s contacts inside of COPS, I’ll just mention two here.
Let me first add that apparently Council President Ben
Stuckart didn’t take the time to see if Meidl did a good job of “threading a
needle” with the OPOC. I’m sure if he talked to members of the OPOC as well as
some of his constituency they would tell him Meidl didn’t thread the needle in
his OPOC presentation.
“Schaeffer just wants to create controversy,” Stuckart says. “And Meidl is much more careful in his words. Meidl’s threading a needle. And he’s very capable of doing that. And I think that’s why he’s so respected in the community, and by his own employees.”
Needless to say Stuckart’s statements to the Inlander have
caused quite a stir at SPD and among many of his constituents as it appears he
intends to dump Schaeffer and keep Meidl should he be elected, on the other
hand many people think it is a given that Nadine Woodward will not only keep
Theresa Sanders on to continue the Condon legacy but also Meidl to continue the
Condon/Straub legacy as he has been doing since Condon made him Chief of
Police. (I did reach out to Ben Stuckart via email to see if he was accurately
quoted in the Inlander story however he never responded)
You can watch the July 19, 2019 OPOC Meeting at this link
and decide for yourself if Meidl threaded the needle.
One of Meidl’s big “Whoopers” was trying to pump his own
tires by stating the it was he who initiated the plan to change the SPD Use of
Force Policy, nothing could have been further from the truth and I’m sure that
some members of the OPOC were laughing to themselves, as I was when I heard
that. There is NO QUESTION whatsoever that efforts to change the SPD Use of
Force Policy were initiated by OPO Logue the minutes of OPOC Meetings in
November of 2017 clearly reflect that it was Logue and not Meidl who started
the ball rolling. There was even this November 13, 2017 SR Story dealing with
how it got started.
As usual I couldn’t keep my mouth shut with such a
“Whooper”, especially since I knew about all the resistance to changing the Use
of Force Policy there was within SPD and continues to this day. So, I used the
second public forum to point out the “Whooper” while Chief Meidl quickly
exited. If you watch the meeting video you might notice how PC OPO Logue was
about finally admitting it he and not Meidl who brought the policy change
forward. The big question is… will the Guild approve any changes in working conditions
which could result in any policy change and is this all just an exercise in
futility without Guild approval, and how are Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl doing
with the ongoing super-secret contract negotiations with the Police Unions.
I have a confession to make! That inadvertent cough people
in the meeting audience heard from me during Meidl’s presentation wasn’t really
a cough… I as trying to cover-up a belly laugh when Meidl stated SPD got a Gold
Seal of Approval from the Department of Justice on their Use of Force Policy.
Nothing could be further from the truth and for those that aren’t aware
COPS/DOJ never finished the Collaborative Review Process we paid for.
“City Council President Ben Stuckart said Wednesday he
hadn’t seen the Times report, but expressed frustration with the Trump White
House. Stuckart, once a Democratic candidate for Congress, has led pushes on
the council to combat the creation of a religious registry, citing Trump’s
campaign rhetoric (which hasn’t been proposed), and condemning his decision to
withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, a multinational climate