Certainly, a question that should be asked so I will!

The LBGQT cause has most certainly come a long way since 1969 when I first became involved with the LBGQT Community and was asked by a friend to work security as a Police Officer for the yearly Imperial Ball (Gay Ball) held at the Grotto Hall. My job was primarily to keep any “Straights” from causing trouble, but that primary responsibility soon evolved into many other responsibilities one of which included being the Judge of each and every Drag Queen Show and picking the top Drag Queen performance based upon criterion set up by the Lilac Court. That particular responsibility wasn’t without its drawbacks because no matter who I chose someone was unhappy especially if I choose one of the many out of town DQs. Soon I became the SPD go to person for all issues involving the LBGQT Community and was often contacted by its leaders Jack Allen and Sharon Wilson who became good friends of mine. When the Grotto Hall Venue became too small for the yearly Imperial Balls Jack, Sharon, and I had several meetings with bigwigs at the Sheridan Hotel and were able to convince them to hold the yearly program there.

This old SR story by Chris Peck will give you some idea of what it was like back in the day, something that is really easy to tell just from the SR Headline. The Headline speaks for itself and boy did I get calls.

Back during those times, the leaders of the LBGQT cause were well respected members of the Spokane Community some gay but not “out” and others who were quietly “out”. But today it is a completely different story and taking a look at some of the current supposed and self-proclaimed leaders would have to make most people wonder what their agenda is.

One of the self-proclaimed leaders we all know, and love is Thomas Haugen AKA Tom Robinson who along with one of the other “leaders” Nicolette Ocheltree, started two activist groups known as “500 Drag Queen Strong” and “Stronger Together Spokane”.

Tom Haugen is rather infamous for not only for his false claim of being a retired Law Enforcement Officer, but also his finger waving propensity and as some have reported his efforts to provoke people into confrontations.

Another rather infamous “leader” is none other than former failed write in Mayoral Candidate Nicolette Ocheltree who attempted to parlay the library Drag Queen Shows for kids into a winning Mayoral bid which didn’t even come close to working. During her campaign Ocheltree portrayed herself as a victim, including being the victim of domestic violence and only recently admitted to being the perpetrator of DV and acknowledging her domestic violence arrest.

Then of course we have the always armed, pretend tough guy, and self-promoter Tanner Rowe who consistently backs members of the LBGQT community and purports to have no problem with the LBGQT cause or issues.

Having said all that recent evidence has come to light that in fact these leaders do have a serious problem with at least some homosexual interaction which can be clearly observed in their recent public social media comments.

The public statements by these leaders of the local LBGQT cause belie all of their many past statements and represent a hypocrisy second to none.

I must admit, even though I am not gay, I have several times in the past held another man’s “dick” in my hands. Each and every time was when I didn’t have a rookie around so I had to put the gloves on swab the “dick” and pull pubic hair during the investigative process, so the accusations I have held a man’s “dick” in my hand for sexual gratification are not in the least bit true and as far as Matt Shea is concerned I have never met or been close to the guy to even talk to him face to face.

In my opinion the local Spokane LBGQT Community should take a close look at who they have adopted as their leadership and start questioning whether or not the Politicians and Power Structure here actually pay any attention to them, or even should pay any attention to them.

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Certainly, anyone can give a money within the legal limits for political contributions as can groups for the most part as a result of the US Supreme Court case in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. There is some accountability attached to actual political contributions from the standpoint of documenting and reporting however there is no accountability attached to “Fundraisers” which benefit Politicians from a personal financial perspective and the question in my mind is “Should there be?”. Money of course has always bought influence in our political system and when one thinks about money and politics some people conjure up images of FBI surveillance video showing some politician taking a cash bribe. I’m certainly not saying that non-political fundraisers represent some type of bribe and they don’t necessarily buy influence but in my opinion they sure don’t look good because there is no way of telling where and how the contributions were actually spent, something that appears to be a philanthropic endeavor may be just that and the contributions may well have been spent the way they were intended but there is really no way of telling without the politician benefactor being transparent as to exactly how the money was spent.

Generally, you don’t run across many non-political Fundraisers for politicians, but I did run across this one which is a “Fundraiser for Dez’s Medical Expenses”.

As you can see from the fundraiser page “Dez” is the dog of Spokane Valley Council Member and Deputy Mayor Brandi Peetz and her husband Chad Peetz. The individual who initiated the fundraiser is a gal by the name of Carla Blazek whom I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Carla like myself is a dog lover and has done fundraisers for various dog related causes including local law enforcement K9 Units so there is nothing unusual about this particular fundraiser for “Dez” and I’m very happy to see “Dez” is doing well.

The big question as I see it regarding fundraisers like this one is could they end up being a not so good thing should the contributions go to someone that isn’t particularly ethical who ends up spending the money on a new boat, car, or remodeling project, etcetera and do they buy influence for the contributors. At a minimum I just don’t think it looks good, and appearances count in the political game.

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February 9, 2020 marks another “Twofer Day” for Matt Shea in the Spokesman Review, two stories in one day about Matt Shea one by Chad Sokol and one by Jim Camden, both kind of interesting if you have been following the Matt Shea issues.

The interesting things to me in the Sokol story were these statements;

“In an email, attorney Marshall Casey said he’s downsizing his office and going into business with attorney Jim Sweetser, who served a term as Spokane County prosecutor in the 1990s.”

“I’m in the process of that transition,” Casey wrote. “ I needed to downsize my office for the transition and I let (Shea) and my assistant go. I may rehire my assistant through the transition of my office since I may need the help.”

“Shea’s personal finance statements submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission show he had been earning between $24,000 and $47,999 per year from Casey’s firm – relatively little, for a lawyer. (The PDC form requires lawmakers to select income ranges, not give precise salary figures.) That’s on top of the $52,766 he makes as a legislator.”

What was interesting about those statements is that it is old news and something I followed up on right away when convicted bank robber with drug and psychological issues, Tanner Rowe Crew Member, and Ozzie Knezovich sycophant Keith Carpenter made this Facebook post about 9 weeks ago.

(Looks like some of Keith Carpenter’s posts have since been deleted…you have to be quick with these folks! 😊)

Even though Mr. Carpenter’s credibility could be in question the public statements he made regarding a Grand Jury being is being conveined {sp} on Shea.”, and “Shea’s law partner kicked him out today” an investigative reporter has to take a look at that kind of stuff, so I did and contacted Marshall Casey. Who told me his move had been planned for well over a year and the Rampart Report had nothing to do with his decision to move, when I mentioned to Mr. Casey that it looked like there was a possibility his office was being surveilled he indicated he wouldn’t be surprised. Mr. Casey also told me he was surprised I was the first reporter to contact him about the move. ( Chad Sokol, or any other can check with Mr. Casey to see if my characterization of the interaction I had with Mr. Casey is accurate).  I also checked with sources to find out there was in fact a Grand Jury going on regarding Shea and was unable to establish that this was/is.

I thought this statement in the story was also interesting;

“Casey declined to say whether he had any concerns about the findings of the House-commissioned investigation or about Shea’s involvement in armed confrontations with federal agents, such as the 2016 standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.”

I would think that the Washington State Court’s Rules of Professional would prohibit Mr. Casey from commenting publicly on any concerns he may or may not have about another lawyer. That is the kind of stuff you do privately over a glass of Whiskey. 😊

“Shea’s personal finance statements submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission show he had been earning between $24,000 and $47,999 per year from Casey’s firm – relatively little, for a lawyer. (The PDC form requires lawmakers to select income ranges, not give precise salary figures.) That’s on top of the $52,766 he makes as a legislator.”

It is always a good idea for reporters to check Candidates F-1s submitted to the PDC as they are signed under the penalty of Perjury. Here is one that might need some looking into since it appears Brandi Peetz neglected to report some things.

“There are others who feel that he’ll be a martyr whatever we do … and we have an obligation to speak out and take action,” Jinkins said. “We’re in the place of trying to navigate what we want to do.”

I’m wondering if the “split” in Jim Camden’s story “House Democrats split on any action regarding Shea” has anything to do with some of the information, including from witnesses which contradicts the Rampart Report has anything to do with the possibility that if there was some type of name clearing hearing it would make a whole bunch of people Democrat and Republican alike look real bad.

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To somewhat coin a phrase used by James Carville during one of the Clinton campaigns.

The good Cops frustrated with the Culture at the Spokane Police Department once again risk retaliation and bring their concerns to me about a case they were concerned would be swept under the rug by Mayor Nadine Woodward’s Chief of Police Craig Meidl much like the attempt to cover-up the Dan Lesser and other cases that I’ve been able to expose with the help of Good Cops and others.

This time the case involves excessive viewing of pornography using SPD equipment while on duty.

I will not get into all of the details I’m aware of regarding the case here and will only at this point provide a copy of the email I sent to OPO Bart Logue, whom I am sure was not made aware of the case and only learned about it from me.

To be clear, the restrictive OPO Ordinance allows SPD to keep Internal IA Investigations such as this one from the OPO and without someone bringing those Internal IA Cases to the OPO’s attention he likely would never know.

Why would SPD try and sweep something like this under the rug? The answer is pretty obvious, if the Public were to find out that yet another example of SPD’s treatment of women exists it would just add to the other black eyes they have received on similar issues including the conviction of former SPD Officer Gordon Ennis and the aftermath of that case with other SPD Officers receiving punishment.

Aside from the Ennis case SPD has a history of shoddy rape investigations for which some Officers have received Bad Boy Letters.

Beyond SPD’s treatment of women there is also the issue of staffing and workload which according to SPD is so bad they can’t handle all the work. Obviously if a Cop has time to watch porn on duty in a way which has been described to me as “excessive” he at least needs more work to do and the question arises as to how many others need the same.

Many of the Good Cops who were hoping for a Culture Change are frustrated with new Mayor Woodward as she is giving no indication she will get rid of Craig Meidl the Karl Thompson Salute Participant who former Mayor Condon manipulated and orchestrated the hiring of. In their view as well as mine no changes at he top means no changes in CULTURE.

You might ask why Jacquelyn MacConnell the former Phoenix Police Officer who was hired by SPD as the Director of Strategic Initiatives overseeing the Spokane Police Department’s IA Unit and who is supposed to provide a “Civilian Voice” to the IA Process is pictured above, the reason is simple Public Records demonstrate she did all she could to mitigate the Dan Lesser video, and she being a woman should have at least some concern about the conduct of Officer Cole. Since the OPO and the Public now knows what is going on it will be pretty hard to try and mitigate this one and it is her responsibility to make sure this one is properly investigated and proper discipline if that is where the evidence leads is given.

Cam Zorrozua, whom I have a lot of respect for is quoted as making this statement in SR Reporter Jared Brown’s recent story.

“Center for Justice staff attorney Cam Zorrozua said Bugbee’s rationale makes sense, given how people who have had violent interactions with the police might fear retaliation.

“I would not blame any individual for not coming forward, for self preservation,” Zorrozua said.”

Cam Zorrozua is exactly right regarding Citizen coming forward, but also consideration has to be given to the Good Cops who come forward and the retaliation they can count on because of SPD’s Culture.

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