IS IT A SERIOUS COWBOY CULTURE ISSUE???
Once again Super-Secret Spokane Police Department questionable conduct is exposed.
After learning that once again there was some type of excessive force complaint made against now SPD Sgt Daniel Lesser, I began the process of investigating the validity of the information I had received from sources and the first step was to file a Public Records Request for any Public Records associated with the case. I received my first installment of public records on April 4, 2023, which included surveillance video from the business Bath & Body Works and depicts an individual complying at gunpoint in a completely police dominate situation to get on his knees with his hands in the air, the surveillance video also shows Sgt Daniel Lesser kicking the individual in the upper body. The information I have received is that this individual was mistaken for a suspect and had not done anything illegal.
This story is developing and there is little doubt that SPD and the City Administration will delay as long as possible responses to my PRR especially since I have received information that there may be a City Council Investigation into Chief Meidl and other Officer’s conduct regarding the Chud Wendle/Chief Meidl Affair which will augment the extensive work done by the OPO. The City Charter allows a City Council Investigation into these type of issues and also provides the City Council with subpoena power a power the OPO does not have. The City Council however does not have the power to compel statements under Garrity from City employees, only the mayor has that power and if you paid any attention to the OPO closing report several employees refused to cooperate in the OPO investigation so the big question in that regard is whether or not Mayor Woodward would invoke Garrity, something that her predecessor Mayor David Condon refused to do.
Although I feel it will be some time before I receive the records, I requested it is important to release to the public some of what I have received thus far. Anyone can review the Bed & Body Works at the links I am providing below.