Doing a one-time story of how Mayor Woodward, The Spokane City Council, and The Spokane Police Guild were able to muzzle OPO Bart Logue who is a Marine would be what is considered a “long read” so I will break my stories into a series of parts.
Every Marine knows how difficult it is to have Marines keep their mouths shut and they also know that Marines must at all times follow their General Orders. In the case of OPO Logue it is obvious he has a lot to say but is restricted by General Orders in the form of the recently agreed upon contract between the City of Spokane and the Spokane Police Guild.
One of the big “poison pills” in the current Guild contract is all the restrictions the OPO has from telling the Public what really happened in IA and Use of Force cases via “Closing Reports,” the fact is Logue’s General Orders prohibit him from doing just that…telling the truth.
So exactly why was the OPO prohibited from telling the truth, it was because he did tell the truth in his very first “Closing Report.”
The very first closing report Logue did was on a case that ultimately received national attention and SPD originally tried to hide from the Public and Logue but persistence brought exposure much to the ire of the Mayor and the Spokane Police Guild.
The Officers Dan and Scott Lesser case ended up being the catalyst for the K9 aspect of the new laws Law Enforcement Administrators like Chief Craig Meidl and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich have been complaining so much about.
You can find all of the OPO “Closing Reports” at this link.
This link will take you to the OPO’s first ever closing report and it is important to note that this closing report does not contain all of the admonishments and warnings that the Closing Reports after the contract was approved contain.
One would think that OPO Logue would be dismayed by the fact that before his office publishes a closing report the Guild Contract requires a word for word review and approval by the Guild.
Any reasonable person who follows what goes on at the OPO and OPOC I believe would draw the conclusion that in reality the Police Guild is in control of its own oversight and what we have does not come close to meeting the City Charter so when reports started surfacing regarding the substance of the Guild Contract I sent this email to OPO Logue.
OPO Logue did provide me with this response which he obviously was guarded with and used his background as a diplomat to prepare.
Something other media have not reported on is OPO Logue’s appoint to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. It is unclear at this point whether or not Logue will be able to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth with respect to SPD oversight in his new position. We shall see!
In Part Two I will deal with some contemporary issues regarding OPO Closing Reports despite Mayor Woodward’s hindering and delaying of this PRR which is over ten months old and contains records that provide insight into exactly how the Guild Contract actually came about. Thus far the only records I have received are those that were in the possession of the OPO.
Just a quick follow-up to my stories linked below.
Once I exposed that Mayor Woodward and Chief Meidl had disbanded the Spokane Police Department Patrol Anti-Crime Team some but not all of the other local media outlets picked up on the information I provided and did stories, however none of the other local media have been able to get to the truth of why SPD PACT was disbanded. The truth is there has been a long history of misconduct, possible perjury, and possible civil rights violations by members of SPD PACT and it has finally come somewhat to a head which may force Mayor Woodward to finally make the changes in SPD leadership that are necessary for the City of Spokane to have a Police Department the Citizens deserve.
I have a number of Public Records Requests which get to the truth of why SPD PACT was disbanded and Mayor Woodward and Chief Meidl are delaying as long as possible to keep the Public from knowing the truth about what is going on at SPD including PRR C001070-081321.
Yesterday I finally received my first installment response to PRR C001070-081321 and this installment begins to tell the true story regarding SPD PACT, including SPD PACT’s use of the GPS tracking device “StarChase” which in the State of Washington requires a warrant to use absent clearly defined exigent circumstances. If you decide to read the IA Case (C21-019) provided in the response you will find a number of redactions based on an ongoing investigation the details of which I am very aware of, because of the ongoing investigation I will not appeal the redactions to the City Hearing Examiner, but I will at some point obtain an unredacted copy for the Public to read.
This story of mine from April 6, 2019, once again comes into play as another battle is going on between some investigators in SPD’s Detective ranks who don’t want former SPD PACT members transferred to the Detectives Office out of fear past PACT practices will reflect on them.
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.