Despite all the efforts to find the perpetrators Mayor Woodward and Chief Meidl just have not been able to stop all those leaks and they just keep coming.

The problem the Mayor and Meidl have is the leaks aren’t just limited to, as Shawn Vestal describes, “a frequent police critic” they end up all over the place and the Shamrock Party is just one example. Maybe some Bars is needed for Mayor Woodward’s finely tuned SPD machine.

The type of leak information I receive generally goes to the SPD Culture and the disparity in discipline Chief Meidl gives out which almost always favors the Golden Boys/Girls, it will be interesting to see what the public records on the “Shamrock Party” actually show, that is if and when I get them, because according to my sources there are some pretty interesting folks involved in the issue.

These types of leaks are of no interest to the local MSM or the City Council who for some reason don’t seem to be willing to check them out so informing the Public is left up to we “frequent police critics” who believe the Public has a right to and should know so they can make a judgement on how their elected and appointed officials are doing.

Back in the day when Bill Cowles was running Cowles Publishing the SR and Chronicle had an interest in stuff like this and were willing to battle it out all the way to the Washington State Supreme Court…but alas it just isn’t a priority these days, so here I am.

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This is a follow-up story to my previous story linked below.


Well over two years ago I received information from sources that former SPD Lt. Dave McCabe received Special Treatment from the City of Spokane and the Spokane Police Department after he bilked taxpayers out of a considerable amount of money when he became addicted to opiates and forged documents associated with his addiction. The Special Treatment sources were referring to was that unlike the average Citizen McCabe was never charged with a crime, his conduct was never reported to the Spokane County Prosecutor for inclusion on the Prosecutors “Brady List” and SPD was making every effort to keep the facts associated with the case from the Public.

Ever since I was asked to get to the facts of the “Cotton/Straub Affair” and did so, I receive information from sources who want the Public to know the truth and expect me to look into their information something the local MSM don’t do for some reason and the McCabe case is but one example.

The City of Spokane will battle tooth and nail to keep embarrassing facts from the Public eye, and especially if those facts provide some insight into the Culture associated with Mayor Nadine Woodward’s Administration including her Police Department, something I have experience since I started this Gig.

Looking into the McCabe case has demonstrated just how far Woodward’s Administration is willing to go to hide the facts and includes a “Declaration” signed under the penalty of perjury by City Attorney Michael Ormsby.

Ormsby’s under oath declaration was made in response to my appeal to City Hearing Examiner Brian McGinn of this redaction in the McCabe IA report.

As you can clearly see Ormsby emphatically denies under oath that he as City Attorney makes criminal charging decisions (“I do not make criminal charging decisions.)

Certainly, the position of the Spokane Police Department is contrary to Ormsby’s statement under oath.

What is even more telling in my mind is Hearing Examiner Brian McGinn’s statement in his decision that the City of Spokane’s redactions were proper wherein he stated, “The e-mails in question are not subject to disclosure on the grounds that they constitute or are related to a prosecutorial decision.”

To me at least it seems clear that City Attorney Michael Ormsby did in fact make a decision not to prosecute McCabe although he denies doing so under oath. Another question that comes to mind is whether or not City Attorney Ormsby violated the Lawyers Rules of Professional Conduct, and or the City of Spokane Ethics Code something that I feel is very troubling.

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My long battle (well over a year now) with the City of Spokane and SPD to be transparent with the Public about the termination of former SPD Lt. and former President of the SPD Lieutenants and Captains Association, David McCabe who retired in lieu of termination in June of 2018 has resulted in some new twists.

Although most local reporters have little or no interest in getting to the truth about things going on at SPD, my position is the Public has a right to know and someone has to do the tedious work of trying to get to the truth.

For those that aren’t aware Lt. Dave McCabe while on SPD became addicted to morphine that addiction and other issues it appears to have cost the taxpayers a considerable amount of money, yet someone made the decision not to prosecute the criminal conduct involved as would likely happen to most Citizens who perpetrated the same conduct.

The new twist came when I appealed the redactions made in the McCabe IA Case which took me well over a year to obtain and the City made every effort to hide from the Public.

For folks that aren’t aware when someone submits a Public Records Request, and they receive heavily redacted documents the City of Spokane process is that the requestor can appeal the redactions to the City of Spokane Hearing Examiner to review and make a finding whether or not the redactions are appropriate based upon Washington State Law. The requestor can bypass the Hearing Examiner process and appeal directly to Spokane County Superior Court, but I think most lawyers would advise that it is best to exhaust all options available in the Government established process before filing in Superior Court. Once the appeal is made by the requestor to the Hearing Examiner the City Division involved will provide the Hearing Examiner with an always lengthy justification as to why the redactions should remain. In my appeal Ms. Mary Muramatsu who works for City Attorney Mike Ormsby in the role of legal advisor to SPD one again did just that as she has in other appeals.

The twist or at least interesting aspect in the documents submitted to the Hearing Examiner is City Attorney Michael Ormsby’s declaration under oath.

The problem I’m having with Mr. Ormsby’s declaration under oath is that it sure seems to contradict his duties which are outlined in RCW 35.23.111 which specifically states, “all legal matters pertaining to the business of the city” and seems to be in conflict with the City of Spokane’s own description of what the City Attorney is responsible for and which includes this language “and prosecutes all criminal misdemeanor cases, infractions and code violations on behalf of the city.”

You might notice in the image below that City Attorney Michael Ormsby oversees two divisions “The Office consists of the civil division and the prosecution division.”, which is the same structure as Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell oversees.

Having dealt with many Prosecuting Authorities including the City of Spokane Attorneys and Spokane County Prosecutors I know darn good and well if you want a case charged that involves a Law Enforcement Officer you have to go right to the top guy/gal.

There sure as heck seems to be some conflicting issues with City Attorney Ormsby and Chief Meidl’s people since on several occasions SPD has reported that the City Attorney “did not wish to move forward with criminal charges.”

Maybe we will be able to clear this whole thing up…but I’m not holding my breath.

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“As a proponent of restorative justice, Robinson hopes to bring accountability to the commission and law enforcement.”

I always thought Mr. Robinson was a pretty reasonable person and offered quite a bit in the way of police oversight at the local Spokane level, of course what he offered really didn’t get things fixed but he gave it his best shot.

I think he could find his new battleground is perhaps even more frustrating than his most recent one, as he realizes just how powerful the Law Enforcement Lobby is in Washington State, but the important thing is that he maintains a very open dialog with the media and the public in his new position and points out what he perceives as problems at the State level with law enforcement oversight.

If Mr. Robinson wants to help “bring accountability” to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission he might want to take a close look at their Revocation/De-Certification Process, a flawed process which is almost never covered by local Spokane MSM, but often is in other media markets.

Examples of the flawed Revocation Process are almost endless. Most won’t even remember how long it took to revoke Karl Thompson’s license to be a Cop in Washington State.

More recently take a look at the case of former SPD Officer and convicted rapist Gordon Ennis, who has yet to have his license to be a Cop revoked.

Then there is the question of whether or not law enforcement agencies actually submit the proper documents to the WSCJTC and whether the reason for terminations is properly reported.

The case I’m investigating, and Mayor Woodward along her Chief Craig Meidl does not want the public to know about will be interesting from the standpoint of if and when former SPD Lieutenant Dave McCabe’s termination for dishonesty and falsifying medical records was reported to the WSCJTC even though he was terminated in 2018. It seems pretty clear that at least as of January 27, 2021 Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell wasn’t aware of McCabe’s dishonesty, or for some reason McCabe was never placed on Haskell’s list of Brady Cops.

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Well Good Luck Mr. Robinson you will need it!!!