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Re: “City Council President Ben Stuckart has already filed to run for mayor — in 2019

We probably need to still have hope, false as it may be, that expedient and ambitious politicians will rescue us. Lesser of two evilism certainly runs deeply entrenched. The last act of the 2015 City Council session was Ben Stuckart attempting to shove the Madison Street give away to mega-corporation Larry Miller Toyota down our throats, throwing in that it would be a nice way to send off councilman Mike Allen whose was at his last council meeting. Stuckart lost the vote. You can look at these facts and ask if -three years out - we can do better.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 06/28/2016 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Lights and Siren

Cops protect cops at the expense of the truth. Cops distort the truth at the expense of justice for citizens. Cops lie to coverup misdeeds and crimes by their fellow cops. Ozzie Knezovich is just another cop who protects cops at the expense of the truth. Knezovich and his men distort the truth at the expense of justice. Knezovich and his men lie to coverup misdeeds and crimes by their fellow cops. Knezovich is just another cop and it is time for him to resign.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 06/21/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “McDevitt resigns from police leadership committee during heated meeting

Just because a white male in the institutionally racist U.S. (and Spokane) survives "a long career in law, the military and DOJ" does not mean he always stood for and acted in fair and equal ways, nor that he stood up or spoke up about the system of 'business as usual', nor that he is not a carrier of those racially-tainted views, nor that he is not a beneficiary of that structurally racist system (as for example I as a white male in the US have been). His published statements and his current statements in the context of the ongoing Black-Lives-Matter, post-Occupy, post-Otto Zehm world reflect implicit and explicit attitudes which can no longer be ignored nor allowed to go unchallenged. Kudos to those who refused to let those attitudes, explicit or not, go unchallenged in the recent S-R piece penned by McDevitt and in this Police Leadership Advisory Committee meeting. While this will be portrayed by some as another episode in an ongoing circus of the Spokane Police Department and the City of Spokane, it is in reality part of the difficult but crucial process of transformation of this community, the flushing out of the almost exclusively white old boys' (and sometimes girls' ) networks that run this town, the refusal of affected communities to easily accept denials of racism and bias, and the surfacing of and hearing of voices that have always been there but which have been marginalized and excluded when they weren't, literally, beaten down and killed.

(Excerpt)
McDevitt took exception to this line of criticism.

"I said, I think you’re pulling things out of context. I think that you’re ignoring a long career in law — and the military and in the Justice Department — of fair and equal treatment for everybody," McDevitt says.
[end excerpt]

Times they are and will keep a'changing.

David Brookbank

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 02/11/2016 at 11:00 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Downtown police captain returns to work as new Intermodal Center office comes under scrutiny from employees

The STA Plaza is swarming with private security forces (Securitas) and limited-commission Spokane Police officers who surveil, follow, chase, make inappropriate comments, and otherwise create a hostile environment at the STA Plaza. Their beefed-up SWAT-like appearance is unnecessary. Their treatment of people is unequal and discriminatory. It is not clear what public entity provides supervision of these armed private security forces and limited-commission officers nor is it publicly posted where a person files a complaint against them. To my knowledge, neither City Council President Stuckart nor other members of the City Council (despite the fact that concerns about the STA Plaza and its security operation have been brought to the attention of the council in open forum repeatedly), nor other public officials have expressed any concerns about the conduct or role of security and police at the STA Plaza through which thousands of citizens of Spokane City pass every day.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 02/06/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “'Use and Abuse of Power'

Now add Officer Chris Conrath to the growing list...

This is roughly the information I presented in mid-November 2015 to the Spokane City Council in open forum in calling for a citizen-initiated cultural audit of the SPD in the wake of the alleged rape of a female officer by a male officer, Gordon Ennis, as well as the alleged sexual harassment and possible sexual assault of a civilian police employee by the then-chief of police Frank Straub.

April 1969 — Spokane Police told Gonzaga University president John P. Leary he would be arrested in relation to charges of sexual abuse of minor boys unless he left town immediately. Thankful for the tip, Leary did obligingly leave town, beginning the long peregrinations so well known to predatory clergy.

Remember when in February 1981 SPD Capt. Richard Olberding said during the South Hill rapist case that Spokane women should "just lay back and enjoy it"?

Remember how the Spokesman Review had to sue the SPD in the 1980s for information on the March 19, 1986 stag party and strip show, complete with women popping up out of cakes at the Guild's old northside clubhouse, a case resulting in a unanimous 1989 decision by the Washington State Supreme Court in favor of the public’s right to know and against the Spokane Police Guild’s attempt to keep the information secret, a decision widely cited andconsidered a primary source of case law on the matter of public access and records disclosure?

And of course there was (quote) Spokane Police Officer William Gentry pled not guilty on December 21, 1993 to alleged sexual assaults of two women described as mentally disabled. These attacks are alleged to have taken
place while Gentry was in charge of the police station. According to a spokesperson for the Spokane police, Gentry has been discharged, but news reports suggest that he is receiving disability pay for a stress-related condition. Details of the allegations remain unclear, but at least some of the incidents are alleged to have taken place in the
police station and while the victim was restrained with handcuffs. (end quote) — from Dick Sobsey, Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta

And don't fail to remember November 2006 when Spokane Police Officer David Freitag was fired after housing level 3 sex offender Thomas R. Herman in the basement of his house. Freitag was also storing 10 weapons for Herman who as a convicted felon is prohibited from owning firearms. Herman was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in an international child pornography network. (Did I mention the officer's kids lived in the house?)

And remember Spokane Police Officer Jason Uberuaga who is now back on the force despite his excellent adventure at a Spokane Valley tavern cavorting and drinking? On October 11, 2007, apparently finding his life not sufficiently interesting, Uberuaga decided to engage in some “conduct unbecoming” of an officer and found
himself accused of rape. Uberuaga’s law enforcement colleagues maintained the solidity of the “thin blue line“, concluding that the victim’s story was inconsistent and thus deciding not to charge Uberuaga. On January 23, 2008, Uberuaga was fired by the Chief of Policeof Spokane who concluded that Uberuaga had engaged in “conduct unbecoming” of an officer when he used his cell phone to photograph the woman’s breasts, had sex with her, and drove his patrol vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Uberuaga had been bar hopping with other Spokane law enforcement officers at the time.

And remember the 2006 Fire House Sex Scandal in which in two Spokane Police detectives (Sgt. Joe Peterson and Sgt. Neil Gallion) “instructed” a Spokane fireman to delete photos of a teenage girl with whom he had engaged in sexual activity.

March 2012 - A senior Spokane police officer was fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar. Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was lodged, this time after a woman called 911 in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16 reporting someone at her door.

And this, ladies and gentleman, is what Spokane County Civil Service Commission and Spokane Police Advisory Committee member Rick Mendoza publicly called at a forum at Gonzaga on 1/30/2007 "...the best police department in the United States".

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 01/23/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “A Spokane police officer hooked up with a woman he met on a domestic violence call

Add Officer Chris Conrath to the growing list...

This is roughly the information I presented to the Spokane City Council in open forum in mid-November 2015 in the wake of the alleged rape of a female officer by a male officer as well as the alleged sexual harassment and possible sexual assault of a civilian police employee by the chief of police.

April 1969 — Spokane Police told Gonzaga University president John P. Leary he would be arrested in relation to charges of sexual abuse of minor boys unless he left town immediately. Thankful for the tip, Leary did obligingly leave town, beginning the long peregrinations so well known to predatory clergy.

Remember when in February 1981 SPD Capt. Richard Olberding said during the South Hill rapist case that Spokane women should "just lay back and enjoy it"?

Remember how the Spokesman Review had to sue the SPD in the 1980s for information on the March 19, 1986 stag party and strip show, complete with women popping up out of cakes at the Guild's old northside clubhouse, a case resulting in a unanimous 1989 decision by the Washington State Supreme Court in favor of the public’s right to know and against the Spokane Police Guild’s attempt to keep the information secret, a decision widely cited andconsidered a primary source of case law on the matter of public access and records disclosure?

And of course there was (quote) Spokane Police Officer William Gentry pled not guilty on December 21, 1993 to alleged sexual assaults of two women described as mentally disabled. These attacks are alleged to have taken place while Gentry was in charge of the police station. According to a spokesperson for the Spokane police, Gentry has been discharged, but news reports suggest that he is receiving disability pay for a stress-related condition. Details of the allegations remain unclear, but at least some of the incidents are alleged to have taken place in the police station and while the victim was restrained with handcuffs. (end quote) — from Dick Sobsey, Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta

And don't fail to remember November 2006 when Spokane Police Officer David Freitag was fired after housing level 3 sex offender Thomas R. Herman in the basement of his house. Freitag was also storing 10 weapons for Herman who as a convicted felon is prohibited from owning firearms. Herman was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in an international child pornography network. (Did I mention the officer's kids lived in the house?)

And remember Jason Uberuaga who is back on the force despite his excellent adventure at a Spokane Valley tavern cavorting and drinking? On October 11, 2007, apparently finding his life not sufficiently interesting, Uberuaga decided to engage in some “conduct unbecoming” of an officer and found himself accused of rape. Uberuaga’s law enforcement colleagues maintained the solidity of the “thin blue line“, concluding that the victim’s story was inconsistent and thus deciding not to charge Uberuaga. On January 23, 2008, Uberuaga was fired by the Chief of Police of Spokane who concluded that Uberuaga had engaged in “conduct unbecoming” of an officer when he used his cell phone to photograph the woman’s breasts, had sex with her, and drove his patrol vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Uberuaga had been bar hopping with other Spokane law enforcement officers at the time.

And remember the 2006 Fire House Sex Scandal in which in two Spokane Police detectives (Sgt. Joe Peterson and Sgt. Neil Gallion) “instructed” a Spokane fireman to delete photos of a teenage girl with whom he had engaged in sexual activity.

March 2012 - A senior Spokane police officer was fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar. Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was lodged, this time after a woman called 911 in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16 reporting someone at her door.

This is what Spokane County Civil Service Commission member Rick Mendoza publicly called at an ACLU-sponsored forum at Gozaga on 1/30/2007, "The best police department in the United States".

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 01/13/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Cop Culture

Seeing that there has not been and is unlikely to be a cultural audit of the SPD, I began a public "cultural audit" of the SPD in the open forum portion of the weekly Monday night City Council meeting in mid-November. I started with the topic of sexual improprieties and sex crimes committed by the SPD as it is one of the most stunning dimensions but one which is one display in the allegations about both Officer Gordon Ennis and former Guild President JJ Gately as well as in the sexual allegations against Chief Straub. So here it is. This portion of the SPD cultural audit involves sex, sexual misconduct, sex crimes, obstruction and coverup, as well as the historical context in which all of that continues today. I encouraged that night and here continue to encourage other members of the public to continue their own contribution to a public cultural audit using open forum at Ciity Hall.

This is roughly the information I presented:

April 1969 — Spokane Police told Gonzaga University president John P. Leary he would be arrested in relation to charges of sexual abuse of minor boys unless he left town immediately. Thankful for the tip, Leary did obligingly leave town, beginning the long peregrinations so well known to predatory clergy.

Remember when in February 1981 SPD Capt. Richard Olberding said during the South Hill rapist case that Spokane women should "just lay back and enjoy it"?

Remember how the Spokesman Review had to sue the SPD in the 1980s for information on the March 19, 1986 stag party and strip show, complete with women popping up out of cakes at the Guild's old northside clubhouse, a case resulting in a unanimous 1989 decision by the Washington State Supreme Court in favor of the public’s right to know and against the Spokane Police Guild’s attempt to keep the information secret, a decision widely cited and considered a primary source of case law on the matter of public access and records disclosure?

And of course there was (quote) Spokane Police Officer William Gentry pled not guilty on December 21, 1993 to alleged sexual assaults of two women described as mentally disabled. These attacks are alleged to have taken place while Gentry was in charge of the police station. According to a spokesperson for the Spokane police, Gentry has been discharged, but news reports suggest that he is receiving disability pay for a stress-related condition. Details of the allegations remain unclear, but at least some of the incidents are alleged to have taken place in the police station and while the victim was restrained with handcuffs. (end quote) — from Dick Sobsey, Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta

And don't fail to remember November 2006 when Spokane Police Officer David Freitag was fired after housing level 3 sex offender Thomas R. Herman in the basement of his house. Freitag was also storing 10 weapons for Herman who as a convicted felon is prohibited from owning firearms. Herman was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in an international child pornography network. (Did I mention the officer's kids lived in the house?)

And remember Jason Uberuaga who is back on the force despite his excellent adventure at a Spokane Valley tavern cavorting and drinking? On October 11, 2007, apparently finding his life not sufficiently interesting, Uberuaga decided to engage in some “conduct unbecoming” of an officer and found himself accused of rape. Uberuaga’s law enforcement colleagues maintained the solidity of the “thin blue line“, concluding that the victim’s story was inconsistent and thus deciding not to charge Uberuaga. On January 23, 2008, Uberuaga was fired by the Chief of Police of Spokane who concluded that Uberuaga had engaged in “conduct unbecoming” of an officer when he used his cell phone to photograph the woman’s breasts, had sex with her, and drove his patrol vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Uberuaga had been bar hopping with other Spokane law enforcement officers at the time.

And remember the 2006 Fire House Sex Scandal in which in two Spokane Police detectives (Sgt. Joe Peterson and Sgt. Neil Gallion) “instructed” a Spokane fireman to delete photos of a teenage girl with whom he had engaged in sexual activity.

March 2012 - A senior Spokane police officer was fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar. Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was lodged, this time after a woman called 911 in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16 reporting someone at her door.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 12/15/2015 at 6:22 PM

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