But for some unknown reason it always seems to happen to me when sources provide me with information about the truth and I try to corroborate the documents and information I receive through a Public Records Request to the Condon Administration.
***Note to Investigators of the “Intimidation Leak Investigation”, there are some more leads for you to follow-up on in this story.
Most folks know that on November 21st ,2016 I submitted a PRR to obtain public records regarding the highly controversial appointment of Craig Meidl as Chief of Police by Mayor David Condon.
As I have chronicled in other stories it has as usual been a long-term battle for the Condon Administration to cough up the documents I requested nearly seven months ago. The newest roadblock was this.
I sent Ms. Farnsworth an attachment with a copy of the files in the CD .
As I mentioned it has been a battle and the question is will Mayor Condon be able to hold off until after he is out of office?
This is what was contained on the CD Ms. Farnsworth apparently mistakenly sent me.
Although I wasn’t particularly interested in Officer Jay KernKamp’s driving reprimand, perhaps Law and Order David should have been.
There was one interesting thing however about the KernKamp reprimand and that was the “IA Control”, “No 16-004”.
The 15 minute “interview” (Confession) of Officer McMurtrey I had already received, and got a good laugh out of.
In defense of Ms. Farnsworth, stuff does happen, and when one considers the pressure she is under with Brian Coddington’s extremely close scrutiny of PRRs, to protect his Mayor, as well as the City Attorney’s Office involvement at every turn, mistakes are understandable.
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Apparently OPO Bart Logue isn’t a walkover like Tim Burns was because SPD is going all out in trying to intimidate Logue and other members of his staff as well as the OPOC by investigating them as suspects in the “Great McMurtrey Leak Investigation”, and as this goes on Mayor Condon is nowhere to be found because if he put stop to it, as he should, he would be admitting his very own “National Model for Police Oversight” is a complete joke.
Even though the OPO Ordinance clearly says no person should attempt to unduly influence or undermine the independence of the OPO it would be pretty hard not to draw the conclusion that is exactly what they are doing by throwing the OPO into the usual suspects category.
One has to wonder if Logue and the OPO staff are intimidated in any way. It doesn’t appear that they are but the attempt to intimidate must be some kind of a last-ditch effort to Kitty Cat a Lion.
You also have to wonder who the dope was that came up with the idea to jam the OPO, even if they were my sources, which they aren’t, any buffoon would know that once the public found out that they were using intimidation tactics against the OPO all hell would break loose, there are many people in this town that honestly believe that SPD and the Police Guild are completely out of control and get away with anything so how in the world would anyone in their right mind believe they could get away with it?
Don’t give me or the Public the “We had to do a complete and thorough investigation” crap Meidl! Even a rookie cop would have looked at this and would have known from the beginning it was a dead-end case, and jamming the OPO would only make the SPD look worse than it already does. How much time and money have you spent on this farce already? Got wires and surveillance teams working it? Getting subpoenas and search warrants…if so for what bloody crime…Mopery, Malicious Mischief, Indecent Exposure? And you think you need more Cops?
Once you are finished with this stupid thing go ahead and waste the taxpayers’ dollars on trying to find my sources on the other cases you know I know all about, and go ahead and jam the OPO on those like you did with McMurtrey. Is this McMurtrey some kind of a Golden Boy or something like Lydia Taylor was a Golden Girl, or is it because his wife’s father was a cop?
I’m probably the only one that watches this stuff, and even if other media do they probably don’t get it, but if you watch this you will see that OPO Logue clearly and publicly states that he and other members of the OPO and OPOC were under investigation by SPD IA, hell even the IA Boss Stevens was there at the meeting.
I was going to hold back this story until later but as you may have noticed today something made me angry, and it isn’t nice to make an old man angry!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s story I sought information from both Logue and Meidl.
Meidl of course doesn’t have the fortitude to respond to me because I catch him every time, but Logue did.
I responded to OPO Logue with this.
Logue in turn responded with this.
So the big question now is….When will I get the OPO and OPOC statements SPD intimidated them into giving?
BTW, it wasn’t the snarky emails between Logue and myself that has got me angry, as a matter of fact it was information I received from sources about some other things going on at SPD…stay tuned!
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For those that follow me I’m sure you know that the McMurtrey Cover-up began on December 20th, 2016 when I sent this email to SPD Public Information Officer Shane Phillips. At that time, I even went as far as to warn Phillips that I had copies of the IA Cases, hell I even warned the OPO, OPOC, and City Council. But SPD and Mayor Condon continued to try and hide the McMurtrey case and others.
I explained part of the continuing cover-up in this story, Mayor Condon withheld documents from me and from the public for a period of five months. It is important to understand the documents were only released to me because of OPO Logue’s email documenting the fact that the City Clerk had received the OPO documents FIVE MONTHS prior to them, being released. I am still waiting for the rest of the documents I requested, which will be another story in and of itself.
Notice in the above story I stated this;
“and maintain some hold-backs until I get the rest of what the Mayor and Meidl are willing to give up without litigation”
To show you why Mayor Condon and Craig Meidl wanted the documents held back I will point out some very important things, and still maintain my own hold backs.
You DO NOT HAVE 90 minute meetings regarding an IA Case “recommendations and findings unless there is a big, big problem. Keep in mind that Meidl knew damn good and well a year ago on Thursday June 16th, 2016 the Public seeing the Body Camera Footage would be a huge setback for SPD and him personally. Compare Meidl’s press conference, and later media statements to what his knowledge at that time about what would happen.
So, what transpired in that meeting? We will see what if anything Meidl and Logue have to say!
Apparently OPO Logue had to battle to get Body Camera Footage that SPD had deleted in the McMurtrey Case. This is important from the standpoint of trying to determine just how much SPD is giving the OPO and how much they are hiding. As I have mentioned previously when the Public sees the Body Camera Footage of the Officer John O’Brien case they will be appalled, and beyond that let’s hope the BC Footage of this shooting which as I have alluded to before and even talked to Ozzie about contains considerable officer statements about using non-lethal force prior to Lesser pulling the trigger.
As I have mentioned a number of times if you do a PRR and you receive documents which have been redacted based upon Attorney Client Privilege, it is always a good idea to appeal the ACP redaction. In the case of the City of Spokane the first appeal is via the City Hearing Examiner which was a process set up as a result of one of my earlier PRRs. Beyond the City process the appeal can also be made directly to the Superior Court if you aren’t satisfied with the Hearing Examiner’s decision.
I of course did appeal the ACP redactions that were made in the OPO Documents I received and as you can see the City backed off and provided me an interesting un-redacted copy linked below.
Unfortunately, from an ethics standpoint there is lots more coming folks!
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This time I might keep some of the loot!!!
You might ask what OPOC Chairperson Deb Conklin’s Facebook rant is all about, quite simple really, she has a fear that her email interaction with other members of the OPOC will be exposed to the public and show the dysfunction in Mayor Condon’s “National Model for Police Oversight”.
NOTE TO DEB CONKLIN!
When I do a Public Records Request in almost every case I know beforehand what I SHOULD be getting from the agency I make the request to.
Yes, Chairperson Conklin ALL of your emails, voice and text messages regarding OPOC business ARE Public Records, including any OPOC business you conducted using this email address; firstname.lastname@example.org
My problem now is when I receive a Nissen affidavit from Chairperson Conklin how will I know that it is truthful?
Obviously, the Chairperson’s rant will end up being a problem for Mayor Condon and the City Attorney, as well as Ms. Pfister and Ms. Farnsworth.
Without showing my hand at this point let me remind you of this story.
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