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Re: “Face to Face with Jessen

To set the record straight I would like him to give a public demonstration of the techniques they used and explain the difference between "torture" and "enhanced interrogation techniques. "

Posted by salmonlasacjjb on 12/28/2014 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Face to Face with Jessen

It is not clear from the way you wrote the article. Were you in fact trespassing? Was there some confusion about the "No Trespassing" sign in your mind?

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Posted by Joe on 12/27/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Face to Face with Jessen

Q: Anything more to add?

A: You're welcome.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/26/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “A Growing Wave

“The Inlander will have additional coverage of the new DOJ report as well as analysis from the city's outgoing police ombudsman in next week's edition. (JACOB JONES)”

I looking forward to reading the Inlander Article, hopefully it will answer some legitimate questions and will draw a comparison between what wasn’t accomplished between the Use of Force Commission Report and the COPS/DOJ Report.

Many things to cover in any article and here are just a few interesting things:

I wonder if the Inlander will take the time to find out what this recommendation involves and how it relates to the Guild Contract the OPO Ordinance and what has transpired since the UOFC Report.
Finding 8.1
The prosecutor's lengthy timeline to review deadly force incidents creates delays in the administrative review of deadly use of force incidents.
Although IA investigators initially respond to the scene of an officer-involved fatal incident, according to current policies and procedures, an administrative review of a deadly use of force incident formally begins after the county prosecutor has filed a letter of declination. The IA investigators who respond to the scene do so as observers and, while they maintain contact with the detectives conducting the criminal investigation throughout the SIRR team's investigation, they are not allowed to complete their investigation prior to the county prosecutor's decision.112 Based on our analysis, an ARP occurs on average 177 days from the incident. According to our analysis of the use of force reports, IA interviews with the officers involved occur, on average, 167 days after an incident. Although in most cases we found that officers were quick to pro­ vide interviews and statements to the SIRR team, on average within three days, the length of time before internal affairs investigators interview officers involved can create concern as to whether the officer can recall his or her decision making up to five months after the incident. This process has changed slightly over the past four to six months. IA investigators continue to wait until the criminal investigation is complete, typically within two months; however, they do conduct officer interviews (primarily witness officers) prior to the delivery of declination from the prosecutor's office. The entire IA investigation is compiled and forwarded for an ARP only after the prosecutor delivers his opinion on the incident.
Communities affected by these incidents have raised concerns over the timeliness of these investigations and the delay in holding officers accountable .113 these delays can raise questions of police legitimacy and transparency, and can create conflict between communities and police agencies.
In addition to community concerns, not reviewing these incidents immediately after they occur can place the department at risk. If issues in equipment, training, or policy resulted in the incident, the department lacks the formal mechanisms to discover these issues until the administrative review, which could potentially compromise officer safety. Also, delays in the administrative review could lead to delays in identifying deficiencies in training, which could also pose a liability risk for the entire department.
Although Garrity v. New Jersey (1967) compels an officer to answer questions from an internal affairs or investigatory unit, it also provides officers with the protection that their statement will not be used against them in a criminal investigation.114 Still, many departments continue to be reluctant to obtain Garrity statements prior to the completion of the criminal investigation for fear that it will interfere with and contaminate the criminal investigation and place the officer at risk for prosecution.115 Departments that have moved toward conducting parallel investigations establish guidelines and mechanisms to ensure that both the criminal and

72. CNA Interviews. January 26-30, 2014.
73. CNA Interviews. January 26-30, 2014.
74. Independent Review Board. 2011. The Baltimore Police Department: Police-Involved Shooting of January 9, 207 7. Baltimore: Independent Review Board. Police Department.pdf
Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967).
75. Independent Review Board. 2011. The Baltimore Police Department.
I wonder if this means COPS/DOJ may have identified some issues regarding current staffing allocations at the SPD given these recommendations. The last time any legitimate and independent staffing analysis was done was in 2007 by the Matrix Group

Recommendation 5.1
SPD executive leadership should hold meetings with their personnel to discuss the changes, the intended strategy, the reasoning behind the changes, and the impact of these changes and to reaffirm the department's overall mission.
SPD's executive leadership should work closely with the director of communications to develop routine communication methods on all changes to the department's organizational chart, policies and procedures, training, strategies, etc. These communication methods should be geared towards informing the organization as a whole and specific enough to inform those most directly affected of the changes and the potential outcomes of the changes. These communication methods should include department-wide e-mails,

46. CNA Interviews. September 2014.
47. Ibid.
48. Ibid.

roll call briefs, one-on-one meetings, group meetings, and meetings with supervisors. The SPD should also provide an avenue for officers to submit their comments and suggestions about the changes back up the chain of command, either directly through their supervisors or anonymously.
Appropriately communicating these changes with officers in supervisory positions is most important, be­ cause their continued buy-in will be directly reflected in how they communicate and reinforce the changes among the officers they supervise. The role and level of importance that supervisors play in facilitating cultural change within the department is key to the department's overall success, and supervisors must understand that their role can impede or encourage positive reaction to the organizational and cultural change of the department.

Recommendation 10.5
SPD should conduct a staffing analysis to determine if the department is meeting its operational needs and has an adequate amount of staff to ensure its continued mission, objectives, and community policing principles.
SPD should conduct a staffing analysis. This analysis should follow the workload-based model. This model will allow SPD to examine the "levels of demand for police services and matches that demand with the supply for police resources:'143 In addition to examining calls for service received, this model also examines other "operational demands facing the department" 144 (e.g., police activities league [PAL], community meetings, training) and makes staffing determinations based on these findings.


This is a real interesting recommendation by COPS/DOJ especially when you consider not only is it a current issues, but the use of Rifles by SPD was dealt with in the UOFC Report, and based on recent Officer Involved Shootings was never addressed.
Recommendation 7.5
SPD should update its rifle policy and provide officers with explicit and more detailed guidance on the proper deployment of rifles.
In response to concern over officers' use of rifles in incidents requiring deadly force, a number of police departments have re-examined their policies and procedures regarding rifle use. Changes to policies and procedures typically increase restrictions when deploying rifles and require greater supervision and communication. SPD should revise its policies and require officers to be aware of the number of rifles already deployed, announce the intent to deploy the rifle via the radio and receive an acknowledgment from dis­ patch, and use a two-officer team consisting of a single rifle carrier supported by a cover officer to ensure security of the scene.

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Posted by BRB on 12/26/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Cease-Fire

As baby boomers are growing older it's interesting to note that those of us who defied the law and chose marijuana over alcohol are now enjoying better health and less addiction than those who complied by the prohibitionist regulations. It was wrong of the federal government to force us to risk our freedom in order to protect our health! And it's wrong of the federal government to continue to do this today.

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Posted by jway on 12/24/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Cease-Fire

The Kettle Falls Five were just Stevens Country residents who owned a home within 50 miles from the border ( Homeland Security) so all that property is under the control of DHS not the state of Washington.
The sad fact that they had a hunting rifle and varmint .22 to keep them safe from the 4 legged predators that inhabit the neighborhood puts a different spin on this.
The law is specific about firearms.... due to the old crazy crack cocaine days of the 80's there is no room if you have even a piece of ammunition, much less a gun.
We need to change these laws that are there only to suppress the people and do nothing for real law enforcement.
Cannabis prohibition is neither a sin or vice, and the Harveys are not criminals....

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Posted by Rick Rosio on 12/24/2014 at 4:59 AM

Re: “Cease-Fire

they might be shocked at what happens

Posted by Richard Elvers on 12/24/2014 at 3:25 AM

Re: “Game Changer

If you disagree with leadership, you are fired. This administration wants "yes" people. The administration hiring practices are clearly based upon who you know. Experience be damned.

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Posted by longlivenepotism on 12/21/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Game Changer

Muffin-Tan Jan
Going to the Street Department?
Look out, boys and girls. The knives will be out.

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Posted by -?? on 12/21/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “A Second Chance

My belief is that if a child is capable of committing a crime like this, they should be eradicated. This type of callous and heinous crime is something that is instilled from a young age. The difference between right and wrong is a choice made in subconscious thought. Unfortunately, people like this don't deserve a second chance. They deserve to be terminated like the wild animal they are. For God's sake, we put down dogs for biting people. Until we humans learn that we are ultimately in control of our society and that our reactions shape the actions of others, we are doomed to allow others to act like beasts and receive "forgiveness" for crimes that deserve permanent punishment.

Posted by William Wallace on 12/21/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Fracking Idaho

Well, I just moved into a new home and right after our move-in a gas and oil rep showed up and stated that they are drilling in the area and would like my permission to take my minerals and we will be compensated. Wait so you will contaminate my well and risk my childrens health to drill? He says it is going to happen regardless and that if we don't sign in order to receive payments, they still proceed and the state just gets the money instead. We have no interest is signing and only a couple of our neighbors agree with us, so what steps can we take to fight this? We are next to a river, on a well, and a nice natural habitat. Apparently this has been in the works over the last year and we just happened to move in late in the game so we haven't had any say until this point.

Posted by ConcernedLandOwner on 12/19/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Money Men

In regard to the story, "Turned Away", it sounds as though there may have been an unlawful denial of housing under the Fair Housing Act based on the consumers' disabilities. Bonner County should have engaged in an interactive discussion with Mr. Boudousquie to determine if there was a way to accommodate the housing need of the persons with disabilities as well as the community needs. I hope that the County will do all that it can to meet the housing needs of persons with disabilities in their community and in Idaho.


Zoe Ann Olson
Executive Director
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.

Posted by Zoe Ann Olson on 12/19/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Game Changer

Chesney was a complete a-hole to his staff. Trust me, I know. But you are correct in your assessment of Jan.

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Posted by SpokaneCan on 12/19/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Cultural Warrior

You can also catch Nicholas in the locally produced "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone" and in the season finale of Z Nation where (behind the scene's note) I poked a syringe WAY UP HIS NOSE!!! standing in as a hand double for the dark Dr. Kurian.…

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Posted by Tom Dineen on 12/18/2014 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Game Changer

Jan simply doesn't belong there. She is arrogant, has no respect for her employees, makes too many assumptions about people, and doesn't have the background knowledge to be overseeing the departments. She doesn't deserve the credit for the changes that have been made - other than her willingness to fire people. Those changes were made by other staff from Verner's administration. She isn't a team builder or a good collaborator - her arrogance and lack of respect for others prevents it. Chesney was fired because he's not an a-hole to his staff. If you look at it closely, she's a lot like the mayor. No one enjoys working for either one of them and neither will tolerate anyone who doesn't agree with them. The only reason they want to be challenged is so they know who to fire.

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Posted by SheNeedsToGo on 12/18/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Game Changer

Yes Jan Quintrall's hiring and firing practices in Spokane have been legendary for a very long time.

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Posted by BRB on 12/18/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Sorry, Senator Risch

Al Nashiri was the mastermind of the terrorist attack in 2000 on the U.S.S. Cole in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 39 were injured. Until he was captured in Dubai in 2002, he was the head of Al-Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf States. Knowing that he killed and/or maimed 56 American sailors in one attack, and probably caused the deaths of other innocents during his terrorist career, are readers really supposed to "shiver in disgust" because of the way he was interrogated? Are the readers allowed to shiver in disgust about what he did, too? As between his interrogation and his actions, which is more disgusting?

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Posted by muddydog on 12/18/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Game Changer

While Jan is far from innocent in how she manages people and handles things, she is correct in her judgments about how Chesney managed his department. He lacked the ability to communicate effectively with his staff, garnered little respect, and made many promises that his staff simply could not deliver on without breaking the law. The staff in that department is AMAZING and the cultural shift that many have seen was started before Chesney arrived. It was started by proactive STAFF who wanted to make things better.

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Posted by SpokaneCan on 12/18/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Mr Garner was not killed because he was selling loose cigarettes. He died from complications after the physical exertion from resisting arrest. You could just as easily say he was willing to die rather than be arrested for a misdemeanor. Either statement is inflammatory, and not helpful. I can't speak to New York, but I know that here in the St Louis (Ferguson) area more than 20 more young black men have been murdered--3 of them over the weekend-- all of them at the hands of other young black men. Where is the outrage for that?

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Posted by John MacEnulty on 12/15/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Too many people have come to confuse activism with cheer-leading. These marches are great big pep-rallies but not anything more. It brings people together and gives people a sense of accomplishment without actual accomplishment. Nothing changes. Tim Eyman has gotten more legislation passed in this state than all of the protest marches of the past twenty years combined.

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Posted by Tom L. Lloyd on 12/15/2014 at 4:53 PM

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