When I broke the story regarding the Jody Wallette, Officers Scott Lesser and Winston Brooks issue on December 8, 2021, and it was picked up by the Spokesman Review on December 17, 2021, I was glad to see other local media finally taking a look at just how bad things are at SPD because in order to change the culture at SPD it will take an aggressive, hard-working media willing to do take the time to dig deeply into issues of government misconduct.
I have reported on issues with SPD PACT for well over two years, including documenting the lack of transparency and obstructionism on the part of Mayor Woodward, Chief Meidl, and the Director of SPD IA Jacqui MacConnell when someone tries to get to the truth. There is considerably more to the SPD PACT issues that the MSM has yet to cover including the Carlos Torres Medrano case in which Officer Brook’s testimony was also called into question.
When I brought the Medrano case to the attention of OPO Bart Logue he did pass the information on to SPD and a very non-legitimate was conducted by City Attorney Michael Ormsby so nothing was done when things could have been dealt with.
Of course with respect to Meidl’s email to CP Beggs nothing could be further from the truth. I like many other current and retired members of SPD want it cleaned up o the Good Cops don’t have to suffer from the Bad Cops.
The real story in all of this, which I am working on, and other reporters should be is how the Spokane Police Guild worked Mayor Woodward and the City Council to have the OPO gutted and completely muzzled.
Just a quick follow-up to my story linked below and to point out the “Shady Shit” SPD Officers and Brass are aware of continues with SPD PACT without any investigation or oversight on the part of Mayor Woodward or the Spokane City Council.
As many people are aware for well over two years I have been reporting on the “Shady Shit” going on in our Community with SPD PACT and have made not only the Mayor, the City Council, and the local Mainstream Media aware of what is going on but I am also the only media person willing to take on the challenge of documenting and reporting SPD “Shady Shit”. Certainly Mayor Woodward has no interest in any “Shady Shit” coming to light because it reflects directly on her Administration, but the City Council including CP Beggs obviously who was recently appointed by the Governor to the State Police Investigation Advisory Board also don’t have any interest in investigating the “Shady Shit” even though the Spokane City Charter gives them the power to do so.
Even more concerning perhaps is that there is no evidence at this point that our new local US Attorney Vanessa Waldref has any interest in doing anything even though her subordinate Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin A. Baunsgard has handled a number of cases referred to the Feds where the veracity of SPD PACT members have been questioned by a Federal Judge, most recently in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JODY LEE WALLETTE where the conduct of SPD PACT members Scott Lesser and Winston Brooks once again cause evidence in a Federal Case to be suppressed.