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The Spokane 17–Defending Freedom–Power to the People–July 4, 2007

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 30, 2007

Legal defense teams are hard at work in Spokane on the behalf of the Spokane 17. These seventeen young people were arrested on July 4, 2007, following a coordinated action against them by the Spokane Police TAC* Team. (*See the end of this post for important information about the TAC unit).

Four and a half years into an illegal war of aggression and occupation by the United States government against the people of Iraq — a war which has cost $500 billion, 3800 U.S. lives, and in excess of half a million Iraqi lives — it is important to begin to look at this and other incidents in a broader historical context.

The 1960 and early 1970s in the United States were characterized by intensive efforts by local and state police departments, the FBI, CIA, Treasury Department and military intelligence to repress the activities of a wide array of organizations and individuals involved in the exploration of personal freedoms, the challenging of the status quo, and opposition to militarism, war, and political deceit. Much of this activity occurred as part of COINTELPRO operations and domestic CIA activities against U.S. citizens.

Much has been written on the mechanisms of state oppression. Noam Chomsky’s Domestic Terrorism: Notes on the State System of Oppression addresses “the effectiveness of the system of controls that has been in force for many years, the activities of the FBI being only the spearhead for far more extensive, substantial, and effective — if more low-keyed — measures enforced throughout American society.”

In this piece, Chomsky writes:

(quote) Given the historical context, it is entirely natural that the beginnings of protest and organization in the early 1960s set the apparatus of (state) repression into operation once again, in the manner described above and elsewhere. Nor is it surprising that American liberalism looked the other way, until the repression struck home under Nixon; and even then, it is important to emphasize once again, indignation was largely restricted to Nixon’s crimes, insignificant in comparison to the revelations of the same period. (end quote)

Chomsky analysis makes reference to the January 2, 1920 “Palmer raids”, which resulted in the arrest of nearly 4,000 (10,000 by other accounts) anarchists and other radicals. Chomsky describes US Attorney General Alexander Palmer as…

(quote) … a liberal and progressive. His purpose was “to tear out the radical seeds that have entangled American ideas in their poisonous theories.” His belief that the state has the authority to prevent these seeds from germinating is within the general framework of American liberalism. The mass media, the schools, and the universities defend ideological orthodoxy in their own, generally successful, ways. When a threat to reigning dogma is perceived, the state is entitled to act. (end quote)

The events of July 4, 2007, in Spokane were just one incident out of many around the country since the start of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. And they will not be the last.

At the same time that we frame these events in a current national and international context, it is also important to view them within the history of Spokane and the actions of the Spokane City government and its police agents.

(quote) On November 2, 1909, the city government at Spokane, Washington, started to arrest the speakers of the I. W. W. (International Workers of the World) for holding street meetings. The locals at that point decided to fight the city and force it to allow the organization to hold street meetings. The fight lasted up to the first of March following, and resulted in compelling the city to pass a law allowing street speaking. Over 500 men and women went to jail during the free speech fight. Two hundred went on a hunger strike that lasted from 11 to 13 days, and then went from 30 to 45 days on bread and water; two ounces of bread per day. Four members lost their lives as a result of the treatment accorded them in this fight. (end quote) http://www.iww.org/cic/history/V_St_John.html

As the Spokane community prepares for the legal defense of these brave young people who on July 4, 2007, acted out of moral conviction and who represent informed American values and traditions, we are well advised to renew and deepen our sense of history as well as our perception of the threats we face if we fail to rise to occasion of defending our basic freedoms.

History simply keeps repeating itself. Facts and ideologies vary and the circumstances mask themselves in the idiosyncrasies of communities, individuals and historical contexts. The powers-that-be will ride this current wave of American imperialism and international lawlessness for as long as a cowed, distracted, and de-politicized public allows it.

Each local uprising, each act of collective resistance, and each moment of courage in the face of state power and societal complacency is to be defended, is to be celebrated, and is to be carefully protected from the efforts to distort it, to re-write it, and to demonize it.

For a number of reasons, I think it is an appropriate moment to re-visit the Trial of the Chicago 7 (which was the Chicago 8 until Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party was given a separate trial). The last of the three links following is the testimony of Abbie Hoffman.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/Chicago7/chicago7.html

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/Chicago7/Account.html

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/Chicago7/Hoffman.html

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* Spokane Police Department Tactical (TAC) Team

The TAC Team is a unit specializing in crowd management (e.g., at demonstrations, rock concerts, special events, etc.) and civil disturbance response and control. The unit consists of 36 officers, 1 sergeant, and one lieutenant. Currently, the SPD TAC Team is the only team from a Washington agency providing instruction through the Washington State Training Commission on riot control tactics and civil disturbance tactics. (For an article on the TAC unit, their January 13, 2007 training at Finch Elementary School, and photos of some 21 all-white TAC members, as well as their Lieutenant, Lt. Dave McGovern, please see page 4 of Chief Ann Kirkpatrick’s February 2007 Newsletter.)

 

Question: Given the events in Riverfront Park on July 4, 2007, and the unjustifiable conduct of the Spokane Police Department TAC Team, why would the SPD’s TAC Team — according to the Spokane Police Department website — be “the only team from a Washington agency providing instruction through the Washington State Training Commission (WSTC) on riot control tactics and civil disturbance tactics”?

I call on Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Washington State Senator Lisa Brown and other Spokane area legislators to demand an immediate investigation of the WSTC’s continued use of the Spokane Police Department TAC Team for such trainings.

Furthermore, given the fact that the SPD TAC Team has been conducting such trainings, there should be an immediate investigation of the impact upon the performance of police units and individual police personnel throughout the state who have received such training from the SPD TAC, as well as the impact on the public in specific instances in which SPD TAC-trained units and/or personnel have engaged the public with these so-called “riot control tactics and civil disturbance tactics”.

The people of Spokane are involved in an epic struggle to bring a renegade and unrepentant police department under civilian control. Given the atrocities committed by SPD officers over the last several years, elected officials such as Governor Gregoire, Attorney General McKenna, and Senator Lisa Brown, as well as organizations such as the ACLU, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, and the Spokane Human Rights Commission can no longer silently sit out this struggle without suffering the shame and discredit associated with closing their eyes to evident violations of the public trust.

SpokanePoliceAbuses.wordpress.com will continue to provide additional information on the SPD/TAC Team as well as past SPD/TAC members who now work as law enforcement consultants and trainers around the US and world — such as Andrew “Skip” Pavlischak, the retired 27 year Spokane Police Department veteran who works for tactical training contractors such as Front Range Training and Consulting LLC and Team One Network.

The people of Spokane are now awaiting appropriate investigatory and oversight actions by our elected officials and agency heads at the state, county and local levels.

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Videos at Spokane Police Abuses

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 28, 2007

“Videos” — There are three ways to access all the videos posted at Spokane Police Abuses.

1) Click on the word “video” in the column called “Categories” on the left side of this blog.

2) Click here.

3) Click on the item below that interests you.

  • Police Batons: Another “less violent” alternative — Police Batons

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Educating the Chief — It’s Spokane, not Spokaloo

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 26, 2007

“Educating the Chief” is a new category of posts at SpokanePoliceAbuses.wordpress.com

It has been created in response to the SPD-run Chat/Forum with Chief Ann Kirkpatrick held September 19, 2007, at the Spokane City Council Chambers.

At that event, the Chief displayed an astounding disdain for the public. She dismissed a Whitworth student as wrong and misinformed. She intentionally referred to a citizen as “Mister” rather than “Ms”. And she told the crowd that things will improve once the citizenry of Spokane adjusts its attitude.

Even the fact that the event was organized and held in the manner in which it was raises significant legal and ethical questions. At least 17 individuals invited by the Chief to the event are involved in litigation with the City of Spokane and the Spokane Police Department over the SPD’s suppression of people who assembled in Riverfront Park on July 4, 2007. The Chief — who is also an attorney — organized this event, orchestrated it, and issued invitations to the July 4 arrestees as well as supporters and others involved in protesting police misconduct in Spokane. Spokane attorney Frank Malone, who with his daughter–attorney Kelly Malone–is representing one of the protesters, questioned the ethics of the Chief and the city prosecutors at his blog SpokanePolitics.blogspot.com

Kelly Malone sounds like she too can give the Chief a lesson, stating, “Can anyone stop these people from not only violating our client’s rights to free speech — right to free association — right to assembly — but also now their right to counsel.”

When the Chief wasn’t listening and smirking on September 19, she was lecturing and shaking her finger at the crowd gathered at City Hall.

Now, of course, I understand that the Chief is not from these parts. She’s from ol’ Tennessee via Ellensburg and Federal Way. Might be that she didn’t do much research on these parts prior to taking the job.

You know: Children of the Sun and salmon running free. Colonel George Wright. Hangman massacre. Capital of the Inland Empire. Biggest city between Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Home of Expo ’74. So close to Idaho and so far from God. Home to Gonzaga and Whitworth. One newspaper town. Racist skinheads. Hell’s Angels. Clergy sex scandal. Kevin Coe and Robert Yates. Otto Zehm and Shonto Pete. Dying military base. Old South Hill money. Contaminated river. Bloomsday, Hoopfest, and Pigs in the Park.

Maybe Chief Kirkpatrick got confused when she heard it called Spokaloo. Of course, it is also now called Spotucky and Spokanistan.

But I think it is time to provide her with a little local education.

The City of Spokane’s website biography of Chief Kirkpatrick describes her role in leading the 380-employee SPD with its $40 million budget. According to the bio, the Chief “works to ensure that the community feels a sense of security from harm and has a high level of trust and confidence in the Police Department.” The bio goes on to say the Chief “strives to be transparent and accountable to the public and is working to make the department stronger.”

Some of the chief’s roles as described in her City of Spokane biography are contradictory — or at least contradicted by the SPD’s recent history and performance.

The Chief’s comments to and about the public at the September 19, 2007 Forum/Chat did nothing to “ensure that the community feels a sense of security from harm”.

In fact we heard of cops calling people “faggots” and announcing they were on the scene to deal with “shit bags” in the park and refusing to provide their names and badge numbers.

Chief Kirkpatrick says she wants to ensure the community “has a high level of trust and confidence in the Police Department”, even as her officers are tasering suicidal individuals, killing the disabled, and violating constitutional free speech and free assembly rights.

And of course, it is the lack of the transparency and accountability she says she wants to establish that is largely behind the anger, distrust, and fear surrounding the public’s relationship to the Spokane Police Department.

So far the Chief has handled the public relations game well enough to be seen as a relatively decent, down-to-earth, generally competent police chief.

But now comes the hard work.

What is the hard work that Chief Kirkpatrick has in front of her?

Reigning in the culture of machismo. Changing the all-to-common police officer attitude of power over a citizenry presumed to be criminal and deviant. Restraining the proclivity to use excessive force. Ending the evident disrespect for the public and the pattern of bullying, verbally abusing, and threatening them.

It is important for the people of Spokane to educate Chief Kirkpatrick. Currently her officers appear to be beyond the reach of the citizenry and even the law. Investigations of numerous cases of police conduct remain unresolved. There is no central source of information for the public on the status of various investigations or even who is handling those investigations. Most people expect never to see a final resolution to several of these cases.

But in her political and public roles, the Chief can be reached. She can be told that the days of business as usual are over. That police are citizens. That police officers are subject to law. That she is their boss and that we are her boss.

This blog category–Educating the Chief–will address issues of importance regarding Spokane which the Chief might find of interest and might enlighten her perspectives on Spokane.

More than one person I have spoken with has said that they expect that one day in the not too distant future the Chief will awaken to find that the Spokane Police Guild has packed her bags for her and are waiting for her with a car to drive her to the airport.

It is my hope that some of the information here might help the Chief survive to see the day when she personally introduces the Spokane Police Guild to Spokane’s new Ombudsman for Police Oversight.

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“In the Event of Riots, Civil Distrubances and other L.E. Needs”: Ammo, Military Equipment, Grenades, Batons, Muzzle Blast OC, $10K Computers

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 25, 2007

http://www.spokanepolice.org/news/default.aspx?ID=16 

(quote)

As the SCSO’s current supply of ammunition becomes outdated, it is used for training exercises to ensure the SCSO has on hand a current supply of ammunition for use in the event of riot, civil disturbance, or other law enforcement needs...

$2,500 will be used to cover the cost of the contract with DRMO (Department of Revenue Management Office) to provide the SCSO the opportunity to purchase surplus military equipment...

Is requesting funding of $63,090 to be used to support a criminal history specialist position. This position assists in enhancing adjudication of felons in Spokane County. The function performed is to compile nationwide as well as local criminal history from various sources, analyze data received to determine the level of felony from different states as well as the type of felony it equates to in Washington State and complete a court document with this information. This function is required for every felony arrest. A criminal history data bank is also maintained for ease of future arrests.

(end quote)

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SPOKANE CITY/COUNTY PROPOSED SPENDING PLAN

2007 JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG)

The SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (SCSO) is requesting funding for Law Enforcement Programs. The $63,090 in funding will be used to supplement a variety of programs providing law enforcement services to the citizens and communities of Spokane County as set forth below.

A. Ammunition:

$35,230 will be used for purchase of ammunition as follows:

$15,230 will be used to purchase ammunition to be used for the entire SCSO agency at two quarterly shoots throughout the award period of the grant. An additional $10,000 will be used to purchase ammunition for the SWAT team for training. Last, $10,000 will be used to purchase ammunition for TAC/SWAT for breeching training. As the SCSO’s current supply of ammunition becomes outdated, it is used for training exercises to ensure the SCSO has on hand a current supply of ammunition for use in the event of riot, civil disturbance, or other law enforcement needs.

B. DRMO Contract:

$2,500 will be used to cover the cost of the contract with DRMO (Department of Revenue Management Office) to provide the SCSO the opportunity to purchase surplus military equipment.

C. Explosives Detection Unit (EDU):

$1,600 will be used to support the EDU via purchase of a dual firing devise at a cost of $400 and 2 explosive storage boxes at a cost of $600 each for a total of $1,200.

D. Helicopter Program:

$13,260 will be used to support the SCSO’s Helicopter Program, which includes a variety of law enforcement initiatives, including search & rescue, surveillance, traffic patrols, and specific drug enforcement interdiction operations. The items to be purchased include aviation fuel for $10,820; one set of T straps for $1,320; one lower collective tube assembly for $350; and 2 dual impedance microphone headsets at $385 each for $770 total.

E. Neighborhood Watch:

The SCSO Neighborhood Watch Program will be funded with $10,500 to partially pay the costs of the program for one year during the 2007-2008 time frame of the grant period. Started in 1979, the SCSO Neighborhood Watch Program has 1250 active watches. The goals of the SCSO Neighborhood Watch Program are to educate the public in ways to reduce crime, prepare for possible terrorist attacks or other emergencies, to increase the numbers of watches, and revitalize existing watches in Spokane County. Monies will be used to print 20,000 newsletters at a cost of $625 each quarter for a total of $2,500; to produce training materials and educational brochures for new and existing watches at a cost of $2,050; support the third annual SCSO Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Conference, scheduled for March of 2008 and open to all citizens of the region, via purchase of a new projector at a cost of $1,000 and production of educational materials at a cost of $2,000; and to provide training/travel funds in the amount of $2,950 to send the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator to Atlanta for the National Crime Prevention Conference and a regional crime prevention conference during the time frame of the award. The estimated costs for the national conference are $625 for airfare, $750 for lodging, $350 for per diem and ground transportation, and $475 for conference registration for a total of $2,200. The estimated costs for a 2 -3 day regional conference are $175 for transportation, $250 for lodging, $175 for per diem, and $150 for conference registration for a total of $750.

The SPOKANE COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (SCPA):

Is requesting funding of $63,090 to be used to support a criminal history specialist position. This position assists in enhancing adjudication of felons in Spokane County. The function performed is to compile nationwide as well as local criminal history from various sources, analyze data received to determine the level of felony from different states as well as the type of felony it equates to in Washington State and complete a court document with this information. This function is required for every felony arrest. A criminal history data bank is also maintained for ease of future arrests.

SPOKANE CITY:

The City of Spokane is the largest metropolitan area in eastern Washington. It is also the population and economic hub within eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The City of Spokane will use $91,371 in federal funds to purchase and installation of digital recording equipment for a child interview room, for in-car patrol computers, updating of obsolete computer devices, and software for enhancing Information Systems ability to service and update machines in the field (GHOST).

BUDGET DETAIL

Spokane County Budget Detail

A. Ammunition $35,230

1. 127 cases of ammunition @ $186.81 per case = $ 23,725

2. Specific SWAT Ammunition Noise Flash Diversionary Devices = $1,505

LEEDS 7001 15 Gram Reload Case of 24 @ $752

7001 CI Command initiated 15 Gram Reload @ $753

3. Other munitions items

B. DRMO $ 2,500

1 contract fee to Department of Revenue Management

Office @ $2,500

C. Explosives Detection Unit (EDU) $ 1,600

1 dual firing devise @ $400

2 explosive storage boxes @ $600 = $1,200

D. Helicopter Program $13,260

Aviation fuel @ $10,820

1 set of T straps @ $1,320

1 lower collective tube assembly @ $350

2 dual impedance microphone headsets @ $385 = $770

E. Neighborhood Watch Program $10,500

20,000 printed newsletters @ $625 each quarter = $2,500

100 sets of training materials and educational brochures

for new and existing watches @ $20.50 = $2,050

1 projector @ $1,000

400 sets of educational materials @ $5 = $2,000

1 national training @ $625 for airfare, $750 for lodging,

$350 for per diem and ground transportation,

and $475 for conference registration = $2,950

1 regional training @ $175 for transportation, $250 for lodging,

$175 for per diem, and $150 for conference registration = $750

Total $63,090

Spokane County Prosecutors Budget Detail

Spokane Police Department Budget Detail

A. Child Interview Room $5,766.02

1. 4 Mini-Dome Color Cameras @ $229.32 = $917.28

2. 1 Multiple Camera Power Supply @ $102.00 = $102.00

3. 1 4 Channel MPEG Digital Recorder @ $2402.13 = $2402.13

4. 1 High Resolution 15” LCD Monitor @ 728.00 = $728.00

5. 1 ASK 4 Kit @ $345.00 = $345.00

6. Wire, Connectors, Hardware = $290.00

7. Labor = $75.00

8. Sales Tax @ 8.6% = $456.61

B. In-Car Computers for Neighborhood Resource Officers $40,000

1. 4 Itronix Computers @ $10,000 = $ 40,000

C. Computer Upgrades from Non-Supported Windows 2000 $36,663.36

1. 32 Computers @ $1,145.73 = $ 36,663.36

D. GHOST – software enhancing IS ability $7,924.30

1. 600 Government Ghost Sol Ste 2.0-Std @ $10.25 = $$6,150.00

2. 600 Government Ghost Sol Ste 2.0-Bas @ $1.84 = $1,104.00

3. 1 Ghost Sol Ste 2.0-Media @ $16.00 = $16.00

4. Sales Tax @ 9% = $645.30

E. Remainder $1,017.32

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URGENT CALL (10/03/07)–Gang Seminar by Spokane Police Department

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 25, 2007

UPDATED 9/26/07 — At the 9/25/07 version of the SPD/COPS Gang Seminar, the law enforcement-supplied numbers on gangs in Spokane continued their inflationary trend. Though informative and somewhat cautiously presented by a Spokane Gang Enforcement Team member, the typical law enforcement practice of inflating statistics was evident. The COPS program flyer for the seminar uses the numbers of 50 gangs, 900 gang members and 7000 gang associates in Spokane.

With no evidence presented to back him up, the Spokane Police team GET member took those unconfirmed numbers and turned them into 71 gangs and 1200 gang members. While useful for public relations purposes and writing federal grant applications, the poeple of the Spokane area need to be asking more questions and getting more answers from law enforcement prior to accepting these claims by the SPD, SCSO and FBI. As other posts at this blog indicate, the SPD has a practice of manipulating statistical information, information which — not unlike information on the war in Iraq — is controlled by the government agencies involved. In the next couple weeks, more information on the information presented at the SPD/COPS Gang Seminar will be reviewed here.

Meanwhile I encourage you to attend the next SPD Gang Seminar:  

Wednesday Oct. 3, 2007 6-9 PM WSU Riverpoint, Phase One Auditorium, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane

(Warning! Armed and uniformed and undercover Spokane Police officers and other law enforcement including prosecutors and others will be attending this event!)

Wednesday Oct. 3, 2007 6-9 PM WSU Riverpoint, Phase One Auditorium, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane

PLEASE ATTEND!

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Did you know that, according to the Spokane Police Department, 7900 people in Spokane are gang members or gang associates?

Did you know that would represent 3.9 percent of the Spokane population?

Did you know that would represent some 40% of Spokane’s ‘minority’ population?

Do you really believe that?

In an event billed as “What you need to know and what you can do”, the Spokane Police Department and COPS will pump up their racially-tinged public relations offensive against gangs in Spokane with two more forums.

It is extremely important for people to attend these informative sessions. While informative, they are extremely biased, racially-tinged, and intended to stimulate support for law enforcement activities such as profiling and other aggressive police practices with serious civil rights implications.

Do we really want a police force that looks like this to be the sole source of information and the major initiator of community discourse on gangs and all the related issues of poverty, racism, selective law enforcement, etc?

In particular, do you want a police force engaged recently in highly questionable killings and assaults on African-Americans, the mentally ill, and others to be the sole framer of truth with regards to gangs?

Here is how the event is announced by the Washington State Chairwoman of the Governor’s Hispanic Commission, Yvonne Morton-Lopez, on the Comunidades Latinas website:

(quote) September 25 & October 3: Gang Seminars. Learn what you need to know and what you can do if there is a gang situation in your neighborhood. These seminars are open and free to the public from 6 – 9 p.m. September 25 seminar will be held at West Central Community Center, 1603 N Belt and October 3 forum will be held at WSU Riverpoint, Phase One Auditorium, 668 North Riverpoint Blvd. For more information about… the gang forums, please contact Maurece Vulcano, Spokane C.O.P.S. Programs Manager, 509- 835-4572 or e-mail mvulcano@spokanepolice.org . (end quote)

This leads to a series of questions:

Isn’t it time for someone else, other than Spokane Police Department, to step forward and begin to help educate the community on issues of crime and justice in Spokane?

Isn’t it time for organizations such as the Governor’s Hispanic Commission and the Spokane Human Rights Commission (which is helping to advertise the event on their website using law enforcement supplied photos and statistics on gangs in Spokane) to begin serving as forums for intelligent, sophisticated, multi-perspective debate and dialog on issues like gangs, rather than promoting law enforcement’s public relations efforts?

Until the Spokane Human Rights Commission is reconstructed and becomes an effective vehicle for citizen complaints and defense of the abused (thanks to HRC chairman Terry Goetz for his efforts in this regard), until the Spokane offices of organizations like the Governor’s Hispanic Commission and the Center for Justice are professionally staffed by bilingual/bicultural individuals, until there is a functioning civilian oversight mechanism of Spokane police, and until there is credible independent information on the gang reality in Spokane, do we want an out-of-control, homicidal police force to be engaged in aggressive policing in our poorest, most diverse, and least understood blocks and communities?

Please attend this event to listen to the law enforcement slant put on this crucial issue, as well as the response of your neighbors, some of whose attitudes about the poor, youth, minorities, and others may shock you.

Meanwhile, for more information on COPS and COPS-sponsored events, such as Neighborhood Observation Patrol (NOP) Training, please visit: http://wwww.spokanecops.org/calender.htm

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SPD ‘officer’: “I have a job…to get these shit bags out of the park”

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 24, 2007

You may have read the Spokesman-Review article about the September 19, 2007 forum/chat with Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. The article referred to Carmen Jacoby, an outreach worker from the Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS).

I was present at the forum when Jacoby told of being on a “bridge walk” with WSU nursing students at the 4th and Monroe Bridge Park. She described how a Spokane Police officer showed up. Jacoby told Chief Kirkpatrick and the public how she attempted to ask the officer a question to which he responded, “Who are you?”

Jacoby answered the officer, at which point he told her, “I have a job to do. I have to get these shit bags out of the park“.

Offended by the officer’s remark, Jacoby asked the officer for his badge number. The officer then told her to move back or he would put her in the back of his patrol car.

The Spokesman-Review’s report on Jacoby’s statement to the Chief at the forum reads, “Jacoby said the officer used an obscenity to refer to the homeless”.

The obscenity used by the officer to refer to the homeless was “shit bags“.

Chief Kirkpatrick is known for promoting her “zero tolerance policy” on misconduct. Apparently it does not apply either to calling citizens “shit bags” (or “faggots” for that matter) nor does it extend to threatening to put community professionals in the back of your patrol car for asking for your badge number.

Would it be exaggerating to say that the Chief’s once impressive little PR line about “zero tolerance” and her other little ditty about “you lie, you die” are starting to sound a little hollow?

“What it’s like” by Everlast

Lyrics

For a complete version of “What it’s like”, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L–IXGV797Y

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Lies, damn lies, and…SPD Cpl. Lee and statistics differ on crime rate

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 24, 2007

Lies, damn lies, and statistics?

Or is that lies, damn lies, and Corporal Lee?

Yes, I know. That is harsh. But then how do you explain what these guys “believe”?

In this KXLY 4 report (see video below) entitled “Spokane Bucking National Trends”, Spokane Police Corporal Lee states on behalf of the Spokane Police Department that “we believe crime is up”.

Yet the statistics say crime in Spokane is down, and down very significantly in 4 out of seven categories with no change in two others.

The report compares 2004 Spokane crime statistics to 2007 statistics (as of June 5, 2007) projected over the entire year. And what do the numbers say?

……………………………………………..2004…………………. projected 2007 …………………. percent change

Murder………………………………….. .9………………………………. 9…………………………………….. none

Rape ……………………………………. 90……………………………… 78………………………………….. down 13%

Assault……………………………….. 799……………………………. 711 ………………………………….down 11%

Burglary…………………………….3368 …………………………..1980 ………………………………….down 41%

Theft……………………………… 12,763………………………….. 6426 ………………………………….down 50%

Robbery…………………………….. 310……………………………. 420……………………………………. up 35%

Car theft………………………….. 1830………………………….. 1835…………………………………… up 0.5%

An interesting corollary statistic has to do with the number of Spokane Police officers on staff each of these two years:

……………………………………………..2004 ………………………. 2007……………………………. ……. change

Total SPD Officers …………….. 298………………………….. 273…………………….. ……… 25 less officers

So how does one explain the contradictions evident in Corporal Lee’s math, statistical analysis, and beliefs?

In attempting to explain, one could take Chief Kirkpatrick’s approach at the September 19, 2007 Forum/Chat at City Hall. The Chief wagged her finger, lectured, and smirked her way through 2 hours of “dialog” with Spokanites as she roundly chastised speakers as being just plain wrong and needing to get their facts right before they stand up in public to offer their perspectives as John and Jane Q. Public.

However, a better approach here in this instance would be simply to lay forth the political realities evident in the disparities between the statistics and Cpl. Lee’s “beliefs”. (Note: The disparities between reality and ‘belief’ in politics are known as ‘spin’). So, again how does one explain Cpl. Lee’s ‘spin’ on Spokane crime statistics?

Answer: More crime (real or perceived) equals more officers, equals more money, equals more guns, equals more fire power, equals more control.

So let’s go back to the beginning and hear now from SPD Corporal Lee:

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U.S. Gov’t Propagandists Who Created Iraq-fiasco Now Plan for Iran

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 24, 2007

Not only does former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan and now the deputy United Nations representative to Kabul Chris Alexander contradict Bush administration claims about Iran, Afghan President Hamid Karzai praised Iran for assisting in combating the opium trade and accused US ally Pakistan of being the source of weapons to the Taliban.

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UN diplomat rejects claims that Iran is arming Taliban
Pakistan border a bigger concern: envoy

Mike Blanchfield
CanWest News ServiceMonday, September 24, 2007

MONTREAL – A top United Nations diplomat is dismissing claims from the Bush administration that Iran is supplying weapons to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

The allegations of Iranian meddling in Afghanistan first surfaced in June, and gained momentum with senior U.S. intelligence and military officials accusing Iran of officially endorsing the shipment of armaments across its eastern border. If true, the implications for Canadian troops in Afghanistan would be serious, Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier said.

Asked whether the UN has seen any evidence of Iranian weaponry reaching the Taliban insurgency, Chris Alexander, the deputy United Nations representative to Kabul, told CanWest News Service: “None. It’s the other border across which arms and weapons principally arrive.”

Alexander was referring to Pakistan, Afghanistan’s eastern neighbour.

A reconstituted Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgency is believed to be using Pakistan to mount a renewed guerrilla insurgency in the past year and a half that has severely challenged Canada and its NATO allies in southern Afghanistan.

“We are, quite frankly, trying to encourage everyone to recommit to having a sense of proportion, to putting the reality of the insecurity of Afghanistan into proportion. That means not saying that Iran is the principle source of arms shipments to the Taliban. That’s simply not true,” said Alexander, previously Canada’s first ambassador to Afghanistan in 2003, after the fall of the Taliban two years earlier.

Alexander noted that Iran actually opposes the Taliban and has signed on as an international development partner that is committed to rebuilding Afghanistan, contributing tens of millions of dollars of aid to the country.

Some 70 Canadian soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan, more than half from roadside bombs.

On Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai praised Iran as an ally in the fight against the rampant opium trade that plagues his country.

“It’s an important area between us and Iran,” Karzai said, noting that 3,000 Iranian security forces have lost their lives combating the drug trade.

U.S. President George W. Bush tried to persuade Karzai during a visit to Washington last month that the Iranians are “not a force for good as far as we can see,” telling the Afghan president “they’re a destabilizing influence wherever they are.”

Karzai said little in his appearance with Bush. But before arriving in Washington, he told CNN’s Late Edition in an interview, “we have had, very good, very close relations” with Iran and that “so far, Iran has been a helper and a solution.”

Bush’s comments came as U.S. military and intelligence officials have begun building a case that Iran is backing insurgents inside Afghanistan.

In Ottawa, the federal government has no additional corroboration beyond the initial reports of negative Iranian influence in Afghanistan, but if true, they would have serious implications for Canadians on the ground there, said Bernier, Canada’s new foreign minister.

“We’re deeply concerned about that,” Bernier told CanWest News Service in an interview. “If it’s true, such support will directly endanger the lives of Canadians and international forces and aid workers.”

Asked if he had any information to substantiate the allegation against Iran, Bernier said he “didn’t have any more detail on that.”

Bernier added he was “surprised and concerned” about the reports because Iran is a signatory to last year’s Afghanistan Compact, the document that lays out the international community’s commitment to rebuilding Afghanistan.
© The Calgary Herald 2007

 
 
 

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Presidential Advance Manual — Free Speech Zones, Rally squads, & local police coordination

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 23, 2007

In 1988 George H.W. Bush visited Spokane for a campaign rally in Riverfront Park. The rally area was roped off as Secret Service men and police checked man-hole covers and roof tops. I arrived early and embedded myself in the crowd with my rolled up sign which read “Bush-Noriega ’88’: America’s CIA/Cocaine Connection”. In the several front rows were numerous people armed with Bush campaign signs reading “Bush-Quayle ’88”. As we waited, the event coordinator took to the microphone to instruct the crowd on what to expect and how to act. He then warmed people up with several accelerating, crescendoing rounds of “Bush Quayle, Bush Quayle, Bush Quayle, Bush Quayle”. When Bush arrived, I unrolled my sign. I was careful to raise it only when the crowd raised its “Bush-Quayle ’88” signs. A number of minutes into the event, I received the first whack across the head, from someone standing behind me with a rolled up copy of the local newspaper, the Spokesman-Review. When the event ended, I was pushed by a couple middle aged people and then an elderly man attempted to trip me with his cane.

That is how it was done in the old days.

Things are a little different now. Canes have been replaced with tasers and the local newspaper has been replaced by this — the Presidential Advance Manual.

After being redacted by U.S. government employees with white-out and black markers, only 5 pages of the original 103 page Presidential Advance Manual remain. Thanks to the ACLU for obtaining this information.

From the little that remains of the manual after the government censors finished with it, I have printed here the sections on neutralizing protesters, forming “rally squads”, taking action “immediately” to counter protesters, and coordination with local police and the SS. As to how to form “rally squads”, the document states, “The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/sororities.” The document closes with information on making sure rally organizers involved in crowd suppression are paid by the right entity, either the White House for official events or the Republican National Committee for political one.

[This is an additional commentary on this Presidential Advance Manual — ACLU Provides Concrete Evidence Of Bush’s Contempt For Free Speech]

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OFFICE OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVANCE

October 2002

NOTE: It is a violation of Federal law to duplicate or reproduce this manual without permission. It is not to be photocopied or released to anyone outside of the Executive Office of the President, White House Military Office or United States Secret Service. It has been developed for your guidance and is intended for your personal use. For more information, please contact the Office of Presidential Advance at
(202) 456-5309.

Demonstrators

Always be prepared for demonstrators, even if the local organization tells you that there will not be any. It is the responsibility of the Lead Advance to have in place an effective plan for dealing with demonstrators.

Preventing Demonstrators

As mentioned, all Presidential events must be ticketed or accessed by a name list. This is the best method for preventing demonstrators People who are obviously going to try to disrupt the event can be denied entrance at least to the VIP area between the stage and the main camera platform. That does not mean that supporters without tickets cannot be given tickets at the door and gain entrance to the event. It is also not the responsibility of the Secret Service to check the tickets of the people entering. They are concerned whether the person is a threat physically to The President and not a heckler. It is important to have your volunteers at a checkpoint before the Magnetometers in order to stop a demonstrator from getting into the event. Look for signs that they may be carrying, and if need be, have volunteers check for folded cloth signs that demonstrators may be bringing to the event.

For fundraising events, [redacted]

Preparing for Demonstrators

There are several ways the advance person can prepare a site to minimize demonstrators. First, as always, work with the Secret Service and have them ask the local police department to designate a protest area where demonstrators can be placed, preferable not on view of the event site or motorcade route.

The formation of “rally squads” is a common way to prepare for demonstrators by countering their message. This tactic involves utilizing small groups of volunteers to spread favorable messages using large hand held signs, placards, or perhaps a long sheet banner, and placing them in strategic areas around the site.

These squads should be instructed always to look for demonstrators. The rally squad’s task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protesters (USA!,USA!,USA!). As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators form the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/sororities.

For larger rallies, the squads should be broken up into groups of approximately 15-25 people. A squad should be placed immediately in front of the stage, immediately in forgot of the main camera platform, close to the cut platform, immediately behind the stage area (if people are being used as the backdrop), and at least one squad should be ‘roaming’ throughout the perimeter of the event to look for potential problems.

Being aware of Demonstrators

It is important for the Advance Team and all volunteers to be on the lookout for potential demonstrators. Volunteers should be instructed to contact the Advance person on site (whether it is the Lead, Press or Site Advance) when they see demonstrators. Always check with local police to inquire of any demonstration permits issued prior to a visit.

Handling Demonstrators

Once a group of demonstrators has been identified, the Advance person must decide what action to take. If it is determined that the media will not see or hear them and that the pose no potential disruption to the event, they can be ignored. On the other hand, if the group is carrying signs, trying to shout down the President, or has potential to cause some greater disruption to the event, action needs to be taken immediately to minimize the demonstrator’s effect.

Before reacting to demonstrators, the Advance person should inform the rest of the Advance Team, the Tour Director, and the Press Advance Director of the situation. Be prepared to give the number of demonstrators, location(s), a description, and their issue/organization.

It the demonstrators appear to be a security threat, notify the Secret Service immediately. If demonstrators appear likely to cause only a political disruption, it is the Advance person’s responsibility to take appropriate action. Rally squads should be dispatched to surround and drown out demonstrators immediately.

Remember – avoid physical contact with demonstrators! Most often, the demonstrators want a physical confrontation. Do not fall into their trap! Also, do not do anything or say anything that might result in the physical harm to the demonstrators. Before taking action, the Advance person must decide if the solution would cause more negative publicity than if the demonstrators were simply left alone.

[Pages 36-66 redacted]

The White House Office of Administration (OA)

[redacted]

Events

While on the road, you will encounter two classifications of events: Official and Political. Official events are those that the President is participating in on behalf of the Administration. These may include Education, Welfare, Defense or any topic on which the President is introducing of advocating an issue. All costs from these events are handled by OA, regardless of the source of payment. Your OA Representative will be responsible for payment for all costs associated with the event, such as sound, light, staging, pipe and grape, bike rack, etc. It is extremely important that you collect invoices from vendors as soon as possible, allowing you and the OA Representative to review the invoice for inaccuracies and validity.

The OA Representative handles no part of and is not responsible for any cost incurred for a political event. Political events are those held on behalf of a particular candidate or office holder and typically involve fundraising activities. Federal law prohibits OA Representatives from having any participation in such events.

[redacted]

If you are handling the political part of a trip, the Republican National Committee will handle your per diem and expenses.

[pages 68-103 redacted]

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Sic ‘em With the Rally Squad — And other tips for dealing with demonstrators from the Presidential Advance Manual by Dahlia Lithwick, Salon.org

The White House Has a Manual for Silencing Protesters and Demonstrations, by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

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You’re free to disagree with the White House, just as long as the President doesn’t see it, you don’t get on television, or end up with your silly picture in the paper. Then someone at the White House is going to lose their job.

Released on subpoena by the ACLU the “Presidential Advance Manual” details how White House staff should deal with protesters at rallies and speeches, namely block them out with pro-Bush “rally squads” chanting, “USA! USA! USA!”

The Manual has come to light because of a court case in West Virginia: two protesters were arrested in 2004 for failing to cover their anti-Bush t-shirts. You can download it here.

When we stifle conflict and dissent we stop change, we stop growth; that’s something the current U.S. regime is more than fine with, and it’s the reason the U.S. people have no faith in their government.

From lvhrd.org

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All-White Spokane Police Department? Or just all-white recruitment?

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 18, 2007

These photos are from the Spokane Police Recruitment announcement on their web page.

Some dozen and a half photos posted on the recruitment page of the Spokane Police Department website show about 71 white officers and approximately 5 non-white officers. That is a seven percent ratio, under-representing the minority population in Spokane by at least 30%.

(If you click repeatedly on the refresh button on your browser you will eventually work your way through the photos.)

The contact for applications is Sgt. Chuck Reisenauer, recent past President of the Spokane Police Guild.

This link will take you to other posts from the All-White SPD category at the SpokanePoliceAbuses blog.

https://spokanepoliceabuses.wordpress.com/category/all-white-spd/

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Outside it’s (fascist) America

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 18, 2007

Think restricted “free speech.” Think Chief Kirkpatrick’s stage-managed forum/chat scheduled for 9/19/07 at Spokane City Council Chambers on the police riot in the park on July 4th against peacefully picnicking protesters. Think fascism. Think “America, land of the so-called free and home of the afraid”. Think — If I just sit here and do nothing, maybe the stock market will keep going up and we will elect a Democrat and this nightmare will end. Think — Not!

This occurred yesterday. See the video here:

http://video.ap.org/v/default.aspx?g=efce24ec-e914-48c9-9d28-a287aa5b7192&f=nynyd

Student Tasered at campus forum for Kerry

  • Story Highlights

· Andrew Meyer was asking questions at forum when campus police grabbed him

· Speaker, Sen. John Kerry, offered to answer Meyer’s questions

· Police tried to remove Meyer from the room, then Tasered and arrested him

· University police will hold internal investigation to see if proper procedures used

The story

NY Daily News


Student Tasered at John Kerry forum



Student Andrew Meyer struggles as University of Florida police try to remove him from a John Kerry forum on campus.

Student Andrew Meyer struggles as University of Florida police try to remove him from a John Kerry forum on campus.


Video: Student Tasered at John Kerry speech — The University of Florida said today it has asked state law enforcement officials to investigate an incident in which campus police tasered a student as he tried to question Sen. John Kerry during a forum.Andrew Meyer, 21, was arrested after being zapped with a stun gun last night. He was released this morning on his own recognizance.

Video of the incident, posted on several Web sites, shows campus police officers pulling Meyer away from a microphone after the student loudly asks Kerry about impeaching President Bush and whether he and Bush both belonged to the secret society Skull and Bones when they were students at Yale University.

Meyer can be seen refusing to leave and becoming upset when officials cut the microphone off.

“That’s all right, let me answer his question,” Kerry (D-Mass.) says as two officers take Meyer by the arms.

Meyer is shown struggling as four officers try to remove him. The student screams for help and tries to break, then officers force him to the ground and order him to stop resisting.

Meyer cries out for the officers to let him go, then says, “Don’t Tase me, bro,” just before he is shocked by the Taser. The officers then lead him from the room as he screams, “What did I do?”

A university spokesman said campus police cut the microphone and removed Meyer because he had overstayed his allotted time to question the senator. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, can be heard telling the audience that he would answer Meyer’s “very important question.”

Meyer was arrested for resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, but the State Attorney’s Office has not said whether he will be formally charged.

University President J. Bernard Machen said today he had asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the arrest and determine whether campus police used excessive force.

Two officers involved were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe, said Machen, who called the incident “regretful.”

“We’re absolutely committed to having a safe environment for our faculty and our students so that a free exchange of ideas can occur,” Machen said.

Kerry said today he was sorry the discussion had been interrupted and he hoped no one was injured.

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Urgent Call: Goetz to Guide Public in Gentil Chat with Chief Kirkpatrick

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 17, 2007

Chief Kirkpatrick’s Invitation to Chat/Forum on Human Rights (click to open PDF file)

Jim Camden’s 9/17/07 article about the Chat/Forum on Human Rights

Jill Wagner’s Out on the Town blog column on the Chat/Forum on Human Rights

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I have problems from several angles with the Chief’s letter, Jim Camden’s article, and the “Chat/Forum” scheduled for the City Council Chambers on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m., in the lower level of the City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

First, I am guessing it will be neither Chat nor Forum.

Second, Jim Camden’s article makes it sound as if the invitation and event are specifically for the July 4 Riverfront Park demonstrators. A quote from Camden article today states, “Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is inviting protesters from the July 4 Riverfront Park demonstration to a chat Wednesday to discuss human rights”.

Actually, the letter is addressed to “Dear Citizen” and refers to the “the community” and “the public”. The side bar in the Spokesman review article says, “The Spokane Police Department has invited protesters involved in the July 4 demonstration at Riverfront Park. There will be a moderator from the Spokane Human Rights Commission, and the public is invited to attend.” I am not sure if the language “the public is invited to attend” is that of the Spokesman-Review or that of the Spokane Police. Nevertheless, the chief’s letter neither specifically invites July 4 protesters /free assembly advocates nor does it specifically invite the public.

Perhaps someone is hoping to frame Chief Kirkpatrick’s September 19 event as an invitation to the July 4 demonstrators, either for police P.R. purposes or maybe in hopes of a better news story. Or perhaps someone is hoping to create a spectacle, a la provocateurs, infiltrators, spies, CoIntelPro, etc. A la Jason Oakley or maybe just the SPD’s own internal dirty tricks squad.

My concerns about the framing of Kirkpatrick’s event have to do with some knowledge of who received her letter. I got the same letter from Chief Kirkpatrick even though I was not a July 4 protester. In fact, I wasn’t even in the park on July 4. On top of that, the letter the Chief sent out makes no mention of July 4th or protesters.

So who else got the letter? I spoke to a friend who was at the July 9 city council meeting at which dozens of people waited nearly 6 hours to speak one minute each about their experience in the park on July 4 or–for those not in the park on the 4th like myself–to speak about civil liberties and police abuse. This friend received Chief Kirkpatrick’s invitation letter. Like me, he too was not one of the July 4 arrestees. However, unlike me, he was in the park on the 4th and witnessed the police attack on protesters. So, unless the police used their extensive surveillance and photographing of park-goers that day to form a data base which the Chief then accessed for her letter, that is not how my friend’s name got on the Chief’s mailing list.

My friend, I and a few dozen other recipients of the letter have one thing in common–we signed up to speak at the July 9 City Council meeting. My friend believes that City Council sign-up list is the source of at least some of the recipients of Chief Kirkpatrick’s letter. His reason for believing that is because he intentionally signed up to speak at the City Council meeting that night with a variation of his name and that is the name in which he received the letter from Chief Kirkpatrick.

So I am guessing Chief Kirkpatrick had her people gather up sign-up lists, meeting attendance lists, and perhaps even organizational membership lists before she sent out her letter. Wouldn’t one presume that a “Dear Citizen” letter, sent to invite Spokanites to discuss their concerns and make suggestions on how the SPD can better serve the community, would also be sent to numerous groups, such as Neighborhood Councils and civic organizations? Wouldn’t she have also sent it to the some 20 members of the City’s Police Advisory Committee (26 members if you include its 6 police staff people) and the Citizen’s Advisory Commission, sidelined but still existent.

So then, how did the Chief’s September 19 Chat/Forum get framed as it did in the Spokesman-Review as “The Spokane Police Department has invited protesters involved in the July 4 demonstration at Riverfront Park. There will be a moderator from the Spokane Human Rights Commission, and the public is invited to attend.” A rather odd characterization and framing of the event. My guess is that the author of the S-R article and the Chief or someone from her office had a conversation which impacted that characterization of the September 19 event.

Third, it is important to know something about the history leading up to this Wednesday’s forum/chat. The July 2007 Spokane Human Rights Commission meeting was held at the ARC of Spokane. There were no signs on the doors about a meeting (until I—a non-member of the SHRC–made one and put it up). All the doors where locked. And, as it turns out, the 5 or so members of the Commission (they have since added a few more) did not expect anyone from the public to show up. In fact, they didn’t even think the public knew they were meeting. Some of us showed up because we heard the mayor was supposed to have been at that meeting and we had heard the Chief of Police would be there also. However, neither showed up. I don‘t remember what line we were given exactly on their no show status, but they didn’t show. So, in their absence, some of us let the Commission know our views: that they have become irrelevant and are non-players in the current debate on police violence, human rights, etc. You may recall the Spokane Human Rights Commission was purged and decapitated only a few years ago. Like the Citizens Review Commission, the Spokane Human Rights Commission has been marginalized and eviscerated.

What then is the September 19 event event? The letter says it explicitly: “Come prepared to voice your opinions on tolerance, diversity, respect, and dignity in interactions between police officers and the public”. In other words, we are all one big happy Spokane family so let’s talk about why we are on the same team.

What is the format? You know because you have seen it before. Again the chief says so in her letter: “Ask questions. We’ll do our best to answer them”.

And what are the rules? You know because you have seen it before. The Chief writes: “We ask that you follow only one rule: To act within the bounds of civility and respect. We’ll do the same, and the meeting will be valuable and rewarding”. Thanks, Chief. Got that everyone–the meeting will be valuable and rewarding, signed Chief Kirkpatrick.

[By the way, I am guessing the Chief might not be reading the not-so-civil or respectful interactions of Dan (Officer Torok) and JR (Officer Russell)  or “Kevin” (Sgt. Jim Faddis) on posts at Spokesman-Review blogs such as Hard 7, News as a Conversation, The Falls, and Out on the Town, among others.]

And of course we will hear the same statement at the beginning of the night (or soon after) from the Chief telling us that she can’t discuss any cases which are still open or subject to litigation. So forget Zehm, forget Fitzpatrick, forget Shonto Pete, forget Josh Levy, forget, well, just plain forget about it.

This was KREM, for example, reporting on the Levy matter, “Kirkpatrick said that the taser probes missed the man. She did not allow the press to ask questions since the case is still under investigation.”

And of course, Alberto Gonzalez on his June 27 visit to Spokane shared “top secret, sensitive” information with law enforcement so that is off limits also.

I am guessing Chief Kirpatrick will bring a few side-kicks–you know, brass. A couple captains, maybe a major. So don’t think the meeting will be entirely without entertainment value. We might even get the Police Guild president to provide the Guild’s disclaimers and caveats and spins, as he did at the ACLU forum in February at Gonzaga.

How will the meeting run? Chief Kirkpatrick says in her letter, “We’ll have a great facilitator for this meeting, Terry Goetz of the City’s Human Rights Commission”. Really? I don’t know. Terry is a nice guy, a graduate of Leadership Spokane, Vice President for Employment/Employee Relations at Washington Trust bank, et cetera. But is he a great facilitator? His Human Rights Commission — barely staffed and barely functioning — has effectively been a non-player to-date in the last few years of scandal in city government, community dialog, and the police. But maybe this is Goetz and the Chief’s plan for rehabilitating the SHRC. An e-mail he sent out after the July 2007 SHRC meeting suggests that.

I do hope, however, that Terry gets a little more ambitious than the plan he announced at the July 2007 HRC meeting to revise the Human Rights Commission complaint form before the next two years are up. In fact, if I could just ask here: Terry, could the people of Spokane have the revised Human Right Commission complaint form by Thanksgiving? Of 2007? Doesn’t sound unreasonable to folks with whom I’ve spoken.

Of course, “the Chief” says she wants as many people to speak as possible so, she writes, “we will all need to get right to the point”. In other words, those who may have a bone to pick or a criticism or (God forbid in this democracy) a statement to make, will have to be herded by the moderator into the corral of “You’re question please, mama…do you have a question, ma’am…ma’am, your question…ma’am we are going to have to ask you to let someone else who has a question speak, ma’am”. (And for those of you who simply don’t understand the rules on free speech in this country, more than a few tasers WILL be present, so don’t say you weren’t warned).

And the Spokane Police Guild? Well, negotiations are going on with the Guild over their contract so, let me go ahead and summarize Chief Kirkpatrick’s comments on that topic in advance: “No comment”.

So Chief Kirkpatrick–lawyer, police chief, and lecturer that she is–is prepared to dazzle us in a performance which as of this moment is being billed in several ways–forum, chat, circus, protester dialog, hocus-pocus.

If you come out of Wednesday’s meeting feeling you’ve been buffaloed, well, you’re talking to the police, so what did you expect.

So in conclusion, what CAN we expect:

Anyone who was at the ACLU sponsored forums on Police Accountability early this year—especially when Chief Kirkpatrick was a presenter–will have a pretty good idea what the model is. They–the experts–are the experts. We–the people–are the people. We will ask, they will answer. You know, the dominant paradigm. If things go as they plan and structure it, then we, the people, will ask narrowly proscribed questions without making statements and they, the experts, will provide us either even more narrowly proscribed answers or broad non-specific answers while making any statements they feel necessary to disarm, dazzle, hoodwink, sidestep, discredit or cast aspersions. Then they will tell us that we had our “Chat/Forum” with the Chief and they–the powers that be–can get back to governing by their own consent.

So remember: If we, the people, come out of the September 19, 2007 chat/forum with Chief Kirkpatrick scratching our heads, it is only because our heads itch, not because we just had the wool pulled over our eyes.

Gently, of course.

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Revocation of Police Officer Certification: A Viable Remedy for Police Misconduct?

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 16, 2007

 

[Concluding section of “Revocation of Police Officer Certification: A Viable Remedy for Police Misconduct?” by Roger L. Goldman (Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law) and Steven Puro (Professor of Political Science, Saint Louis University) in the Saint Louis University Law Journal, Spring 2001.]

As law enforcement becomes more accepted as a profession regulated by the state, it is only a matter of time before all states will have the power to revoke the certificate or license of unfit officers, and those states that have weak revocation authority will strengthen it. It is ironic that this power already exists for virtually every other profession but not for police officers with the authority to arrest and use deadly force. The reasons why there has not been a public demand for state power to discipline police include: the tradition of local control of police, so that most people are unaware the state already is heavily involved in training and standards; the absence of public awareness of the kinds of incidents of police misconduct discussed in this article; the assumption that attempts to control police misconduct will hamper effective law enforcement; the belief that the problem of police misconduct is one that affects only minority and poor communities; the legislators’ fear that if they support revocation, they will be labeled “pro-criminal”; and the opposition of police unions who fear that the state will abuse the power. n235

In order for revocation to be adopted in those states that do not currently have it and strengthened in those states that do, the lead must be taken by local and state law enforcement professionals who can best make the point that revocation is necessary in order to enhance the professionalism of law enforcement. Legislators, regardless of party affiliation, who are concerned about ethical conduct by public officials, including the police, will be supportive of these efforts. Journalists who report on issues of police misconduct are the best resource for communicating the nature of the problem, particularly if they focus on officers who repeatedly abuse citizens. Citizen [*579] groups that regularly monitor police misconduct are the best sources for identifying the problem officers in communities and states.

It is clearly unrealistic to expect local police departments and municipalities to solve the problems discussed in this article, because they are often not concerned about whether an unfit officer remains in law enforcement once that officer has left the force. There is no better example than the Webster Groves, Missouri, example discussed above. n236 This was the case in which four officers were discharged or resigned for taking part in nude hot tub parties with two girls, aged sixteen and seventeen. The city reported the firing of three officers to the Missouri POST but did not report the resignation of the fourth officer. Upon being asked why the state was not alerted to the involvement of the officer that resigned, the mayor, with remarkable candor, said: “The important issue here is that the police officers accused of doing these things are not with the Webster Groves Department.” n237

No state assumes that the public interest is adequately protected by leaving the ultimate discipline of lawyers and doctors up to law firms and hospitals. Rather, state bar associations cooperate with state supreme courts to disbar unfit lawyers and state medical boards revoke the licenses of unfit doctors. Similarly, given the costs to our society of unfit police officers, the final decision of whether or not a person remains in law enforcement cannot be left up to local departments. There is at least as great a need for state POSTs to serve a function with respect to unfit police officers similar to that of state bar associations and medical boards with respect to unfit lawyers and doctors. Unfortunately, it often takes a tragic incident that results in a public outcry to get police officer revocation legislation enacted. n238 There is no excuse for the few remaining states without revocation authority to delay any longer in getting such laws enacted.

Revocation of Police Officer Certification: A Viable Remedy for Police Misconduct?

 

 

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Police Records Missing? Have Jeanie Spiering check the storage closet

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 16, 2007

Ever had difficulties obtaining police records from the Spokane Police Department? Ask the Spokesman-Review. Or ask me. We certainly have.

First let’s look at what the law says about public disclosure in the state of Washington.

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Disclosure of records (State of Washington)

WAC 44-14-06002 Summary of exemptions.

An exemption from disclosure will be narrowly construed in favor of disclosure. RCW 42.17.251/42.56.030. An exemption from disclosure must specifically exempt a record or portion of a record from disclosure. RCW 42.17.260(1)/42.56.070(1). An exemption will not be inferred.1

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What that means is it doesn’t matter one iota what Chief Kirkpatrick, Captain Roberts, Det. Dan Torok or attorney Jeanie Spering doesn’t want to release. If it is not specifically exempt, it belongs to the public.

Here is but one tale. I’ll share the moral with your first: Ask the city attorney handling your records request to check the storage closets at the Spokane City-County Public Safety Building as well as at the Monroe Court Building. You never know what you will find next to the mop and a bottle of Mr. Clean.

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Law enforcement records on the allegations against Hahn and his subsequent suicide have been difficult to obtain using a state law that provides public access to government records.

The Spokesman-Review first sought access to Hahn’s records in 2003 and was told that follow-up detective reports were either destroyed or did not exist.

In April of this year, some of the documents the newspaper requested were found in a cardboard box in a storage closet at the Spokane City-County Public Safety Building. But sheriff’s officials said they still could not locate reports that should have been written by two senior sheriff’s officers who found Hahn’s body in his apartment.

Because Hahn’s apartment at 3424 S. Regal was in the city limits, police officers were also called to the scene. When the newspaper requested records from Spokane Police in 2003 and again in June, attorney Jeanie Spiering said the department “does not have any further records” relating to Hahn.

This month, the police department’s follow-up report, written in 1982 by Major Crimes Detective Charles Staudinger, was included among more than 3,400 documents obtained from a private attorney defending Spokane County.

Staudinger’s one-page report concluded Hahn’s death was a suicide. It did not mention the sexual abuse allegations against the deputy.

Another public document reveals that while The Spokesman-Review was seeking records on Hahn in 2003, the police department was conducting an internal investigation into “missing police records.”

According to an internal affairs report, Assistant Police Chief Al Odenthal ordered the investigation in 2003. Although the report concludes there were no missing Hahn records, several officials are quoted as saying there may have been a possible “cover-up” in the 1980s.

Spiering “believed that she had heard about a possible ‘cover-up’ in the 1980s involving the initial sexual abuse allegations against Hahn,” according to the report.

The same report also quotes now-retired sheriff’s Lt. Ken Marshall and Sgt. Ron Ethridge, who said they believed Hahn’s involvement with boys “was covered up” by senior sheriff’s officers.

[This material is excerpted from Spokesman-Review reporter Bill Morlin’s July 31, 2005 report entitled “Disturbing Connections Emerge” as posted at BishopAccountability.org ].

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As I said, this is but one tale. The moral of the story: Ask the city attorney handling your records request to check the storage closets at the Spokane City-County Public Safety Building as well as at the Monroe Court Building. You never know what you will find next to the mop and a bottle of Mr. Clean.

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“You honkey, We drinkey” or Officer Brownlee’s Excellent Adventure

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 16, 2007

Bet you won’t see this on COPS next season!

The authors of thse YouTube videos indicate that the Spokane Police Officer paying a cordial visit to these young Gonzaga-area drinkers on or about May 11, 2007 is Spokane Police Officer Todd Brownlee and that the participants in the little drinking party are Gonzaga University students and underage drinkers on a Gonzaga University property.

In the first video you will notice a number of individuals leave the scene just before the SPD patrolman arrives. The individuals return as soon as the patrol car departs.

You honkey, We drinkey

You honkey, We drinkey (part 2)

I personally witnessed this same scene in the Gonzaga area approximately a month ago.

About ten days before the videos were filmed, Officer Brownlee had another excellent adventure. This one occurred not on Gonzaga University property but rather up near Hillyard. And the result was a little different than an 18 second warning. After Officer Brownlee shot the suspect in question on May 1, 2007 at 1739 E. Wabash, he spent a couple days suspended from duty. The investigation — carried out by the Spokane Sheriff’s office — was completed without Brownlee ever being interviewed.

Gonzaga and the Spokane Police are reportedly collaborating on Gonzaga’s problem of alcohol abuse by students and the increasing Logan neighborhood concerns about disruptive students. Is it possible that neighbors have made too many complaints about young women flopping around like fish in alcohol-induced seizures in front yards and too many out of control Catholic males afoot in a neighborhood which is still home to lots of families and children?

In the case of the “you honkey, we drinkey” yard parties, is it possible that Brownlee simply had not received the word? Answer: No.

Or could it be that a student from Southern California at Gonzaga brings tens of thousands of dollars into the Spokane community while West Centralites and Hillyardites are seen as a drag on the economy and image of Spokane and therefore subject to much more aggressive patrolling? Answer: Yes.

To get a sense of alcohol consumption at Gonzaga, check out the bread and wine. No, I don’t mean at Sunday mass at St. Aloysius. I mean in the bread and alcohol section of the Safeway supermarket at the corner of Mission and Hamilton. In particular, check out the Budweiser sport displays during football and basketball seasons. Way to go, Bulldogs!

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Spokane Gang Crisis?

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 15, 2007

As we all know, Spokane allegedly has a “serious gang problem”, one sufficiently serious we are told as to justify the Spokane Police Department’s recent acquisition of 100 AR-15 assault rifles and training the entire force in their use.

Is the problem really that serious? Or is it a convenient drum to beat to arose public support and draw in taxpayer dollars to the city and SPD coffers? Of course, all statistics on gang activity, gang population, and designations of individuals as gang members come directly from law enforcement, not the most credible of source in the last several years.

Following is the entire section on “gangs” from the last published annual report (2003) by the Spokane County Prosecutor, Steve Tucker. Note that Tucker‘s report is replete with words like “numerous”, “increase”, “many”, “increased substantially”, “numerous”, and “sharp increase”.

Entirely missing is hard data. Surprisingly, for a city with this reportedly “serious gang problem”, the prosecutor’s report on gangs is barely longer than a letter-to-the-editor in the Spokesman-Review.

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Gangs — In the year 2003, the gang unit dealt with numerous homicide, rapes and robberies by gang members. The homicide cases tended to create their own caseload because of the type of witnesses involved (gang members). Many individuals involved were arrested on unrelated crimes and are serving substantial prison terms due to the hard work of law enforcement, the federal government and our unit. Again, last year we saw an increase in gang related drive-by shootings and violence that went unsolved. Many of the cases that were resolved involving guns went to the Major Crimes Gun Deputy. Even with that, the gang unit filed over 270 cases during the course of the year 2003. The Gang Unit closed over 220 files by trial or plea in 2003. Many of them were violent offenses with the majority being murder, attempted murders, robbery, rapes, violent assaults and drug delivery cases. ”Meth” busts involving gang members have increased substantially. Again this year numerous gang members were prosecuted federally on gun and drug charges. This helped facilitate pleas in state court and ease increasing caseloads. Many gang related crimes remain unsolved due to an increase in witness intimidation. Sadly, 2003 saw another increase in youth related gang activities. As 2003 closed and 2004 started, the Gang Unit saw a sharp increase in their caseload and had to start sending cases out to other units including major crimes, property and drugs.

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How numerous were homicide, rapes and robberies by gang members in Spokane in 2003? 2004? 2005? 2006? Of course, the ‘report’ does not say. It seems to me that we pay Prosecutor Steve Tucker and his some 143 attorneys and staff (not including interns and ‘extra help’ positions) for more than this amateurish and unsubstantiated report once every so many years.

The Washington State Legislature has been busy empowering law enforcement to escalate its efforts against gangs in the state of Washington. Local, state and federal law enforcement in Spokane — as well as Boise and Seattle — received a “top secret, sensitive” briefing on gangs in a late June 2007 visit by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in one of his last acts before resigning in disgrace. As someone knowledgeable on the matter told me, the trip was essentially a “fund-raiser” for Spokane law enforcement and as the transcript of the press conference with Gonzales makes clear, the SPD is now in line for a multi-million dollar Department of Justice grant. Even now, in the midst of an election season, Spokane city council people vying for Mayor and Council President are anxious to be in the debate on gangs and engage in rhetoric about erasing “gang-related” graffiti.

A “work group” on gangs established by the Washington State legislature and run by a less-than-objective Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs just met in Spokane on September 10 and 11, one of five forums to be held around the state. (In fact, the Washington Uniform Crime Reporting (WUCR) program is the only UCR program in the United States which is sponsored, administered and supported by an organization of contributing agency administrators (i.e. police chiefs), rather than a bureau or department of state government.)

The word “gang” is and has always been code for poverty and race.

That is why it is of great concern to see this issue surfacing now, in the midst of rising division between wealth and poverty, national xenophobia associated with the U.S. crusade in the Muslim world, continued disproportionate incarceration and disenfranchisement of African Americans and Latinos, and the hyped-up hysteria over an “invasion” of undocumented people who are here, after all, with the tacit and long-standing consent and knowledge of the U.S. government and U.S. corporate/financial interests, as well as U.S. consumers.

The alleged ‘gang threat’ is certainly a convenient piece of a “ruling class” analysis about Spokane, as the ownership of Spokane changes hand and the urban poor are displaced by the liberal, white ‘urban renewal’ crowd. In fact, it is a propaganda line that police in Spokane have been using for at least 15 years.

Where is this all this gangland graffiti that we are supposed to be in an uproar over? How much of it is actually gang related? Supposedly when graffiti is reported it is photographed and cataloged by police and then painted over by volunteers. That was not my experience on the one occasion that I reported graffiti to the police (the experience was typical of the SPD — no response at all). And that is not what I have observed either. Local politicians are proposing measures such as banning spray cans in the hands of minors. Yet graffiti on city-owned and county-owned property and signs remains for months on end, probably as part of an intentional strategy to increase the impression of gang presence.

One of the focuses of this blog in the near future will be this unrelenting yet largely unsubstantiated emphasis by law enforcement and government on the “gang” problem in Spokane. At the same time, attention will continue to be directed at the scandal-ridden Spokane Police and the lack of public accountability and transparency.

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State of Washington Promotes Killer Cop Seminar for Spokane Law Enforcement

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 14, 2007

Hot on the heels of several years of controversial policing in Spokane, the State of Washington is promoting this training by StreetCrimes.net, “featuring very graphic videos and strong language” and “intended only for serious law enforcers only”.

https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/classes/Street_Crimes_040708_Spokane.doc

What are “serious law enforcers only” as opposed to ordinary law enforcers? Is this a reference to killer cops? I believe it is.

Question: Why at this time is the state of Washington promoting this training being held in Spokane? Don’t state officials follow events in Spokane? Aren’t there a number of topics which would make more sense at this time? Topics such as: 1) how to detain a suspect without killing and why a suspect is always innocent until proven guilty; 2) the relationship between tasers, electricity, and death; 3) identifying a deadly weapon vs. what is a pop bottle; and, 4) how to say “You know, Sergeant, I think we should stop because if we kick him again we are going to kill him and I really don’t want to have to lie about what we did.”

Before you check out the training announcement, here is the “tip of the month” from the trainer, Pat McCarthy, posted on the StreetCrimes.net website. Now it begins to make sense: these are the guys training our taxpayer-paid officers how to violate our civil rights:

 
 
  The Phony Name Check  
 
  This is a trick that police officers can use on suspects that have no identification on them. When I was working the streets, whenever I ran across a suspect who had no identification on them, I would automatically assume that they were lying to me about who they were. Because I’ve found that the majority of people who didn’t have identification were wanted on outstanding criminal warrants, what I would do is this: Ask them for all of their pertinent information. i.e. name, height, weight, D.O.B., and social security number. I would then pretend to run a computer name check on their bogus information. I would then wait a few minutes, then grab the suspect, and tell them they have a murder warrant from Texas. I guarantee you they will now be happy to tell you who they are. I used this trick once on a junkie who had his drivers license hidden in his sock. He gave me bogus information and when I pretended to run his name, I told him he was wanted for murder in Texas. He began to cry and then confessed that he was lying about who he really was. He then told me he was hiding his license in his sock. After running his information, he ended up being wanted on a theft warrant. We are allowed to use trickery and deceit on suspects that we deal with and we should use every available tool to take bad guys off the streets.

 

 

Pat McCarthy’s

Street Crimes Seminar

Presented by John E. Reid & Associates

TRAINING BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Spokane, Washington
7, 8 & 9 April 2008 – 8:30- 4:30
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Training Location: SCSO Training Center
@ SCC Bldg.#7, 1810 N Greene Street
Spokane. WA 99217
To Register Call: Ph. 1-800-275-4915

WARNING!! This training features very graphic videos &
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3) Surveillance tactics for patrol and plain clothes officers & agents
4) Developing criminal intelligence / street information for all levels of law enforcement
5) Ethical considerations for street cops and street agents / making the right choices
6) Street tested techniques for conducting successful gang and drug related cases
7) Car traps and hidden compartments being used by today’s gangs & drug dealers
8] Conducting/planning search warrants & high risk raids (New Training Segment)
9) Important officer safety issues for both on and off duty situations
10) How to develop street sources and C/I’s for patrol, investigators and special agents
11) Street gang members in the military / How these trends effect law enforcement
(New Training Segment)
12) Homeland Security issues for the street cop / street agent (New Training Segment)
And Much More

This truly innovative program is presented through a combination of lectures,
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The Gang Reality–Looking to root causes to address gangs

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 13, 2007

Spokane police are enthusiastically acquiring larger and more powerful weapons for their war on gangs — not to mention their wars on drugs and on the poor and the mentally ill and the homeless. Meanwhile, the Washington state legislature is muscling up the law and financing for the same war on gangs et al. And bogus stories, bogus statistics and bogus e-mails are circulating in the Spokane area about the supposed threat of gangs.

Yet some folks either don’t buy it or at least see a different approach.

Recognizing root causes is, literally, too radical for most people and institutions in this society and country. So it should not be surprising that a project looking to address root causes would be little known and little mentioned.

The September 2007 edition of The Fig Tree, an independent non-profit communications ministry operating in Spokane since 1984, reports on Project HOPE (Helping Our Young People Excel).

Here is the article from The Fig Tree:

Project counters appeal of gangs with jobs

Jobs Not Jails is both a slogan and an organization.The logo appears on clothing and accessories to create community awareness while it deters gang life by providing jobs for young people in West Central Spokane through Project HOPE (Helping Our young People Excel).

“Too often, ‘gang’ has become a four-letter word no one wants to talk about. Our goal is to help people find constructive ways to talk about gangs and to help young people choose viable options—especially employment as an economic incentive—to reduce the appeal of gang life,” said Pat Copeland-Malone, who is coordinating several efforts at workforce development in the neighborhood through Project HOPE.

Jobs not Jails logos are printed on T-shirts, tank tops, coats, handbags, tote bags, hats, work shirts, dress denim, sweatshirts and other items on display at the Book Parlor, 1414 W. Broadway. Organizers are seeking other outlets.

Pat said they will also produce shirts for the Riverfront Farm Project and God’s Gym, which re-opened in early August at Salem Lutheran Church 1428 W. Broadway, with five former gang members serving as volunteers.

“Nothing stops a bullet like a job,” said Pat.

Other workforce development programs he is encouraging include a Youth Entrepreneurship Program and a Youth Landscape Business, as well as the Riverfront Farm Project.

He also is researching what other products to produce in partnership with other outlets, including churches.

“As we mature, we will learn more about what people will buy and will find more ways to involve youth in building skills and leadership,” he said,

He believes that churches will become interested in the social justice aspects of the anti-gang effort.

God’s Gym, which operated in the 1990s at Central United Methodist Church downtown, is an avenue for drawing youth into recreation and awareness of alternatives to gang life.

Having former gang members who are now in school and employed engaged in the effort makes it more credible, Pat said. Their stories of turning their lives around can motivate young people more than a nonprofit director or counselor can.

For information, call 280-1702.

Mary Stamp – The Fig Tree – © September 2007

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Comparative Policing — Istanbul vs. Spokane

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 12, 2007

Now this ought to be fascinating.

Too bad it was never published.

Comparing the Turkish National Police to the Spokane Police Department…what a concept!

Does the Turkish National Police (TNP) use tasers as effectively as the Spokane Police Department (SPD)?

How would the TNP handle a colleague who was housing an international child pornographer and  sex offender in his basement three blocks from a high school and three blocks from an elementary school?

What would be the reaction to a female police chief by the TNP?

How prevalent is officer vs. wife violence among Turkish National Police officers?

How do you say “donkey kick” in Turkish?

What sort of sentence would a Turkish court give to a Turkish cop who shot a Kurd in the back of the head after having left a gay bar while drunk at 3 AM?

Buker, Hasan. “A Comparative Examination of Organizational Climate, Job Satisfaction and Work Place Stress: The Case of Turkish National Police”

Abstract: This study aims to examine organizational climate, job satisfaction and work place stress in the Turkish National Police. The survey is adapted from a sample administered by Washington State University for Spokane Police Department. In general, the results are known for the police departments across the U.S. Therefore, this study points out the differences between the U.S. police departments and the Turkish National Police in terms of the research coverage.

Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Royal York, Toronto, 2005-11-15 Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript <Not Available>. 2007-08-07

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[What will university researchers think of next? A Comparative Examination of the Spokane Police Guild circa 2007 and Fishmonger Guilds of the 16th Century Spanish Inquisition?]

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Dissent

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 11, 2007

“The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth will then become a consensus-truth accepted by many individuals unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth promulgated by the propaganda system – however irrational – stands a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem self-evident common sense.”

David Edwards, author of Burning All Illusions

 

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Third World Traveller — Dissent Page

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Censorship

 

 

 

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And they call this a choice?

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 11, 2007

Following is a question that Spokane citizens have a right to ask and to answer. Remember, in theory, this is a democracy and as such we get to make certain decisions collectively. So……

Do you want the men that did this…

Trent Yohe, age 37, on life support equipment the day before he died

to investigate the men and woman that killed this man?

Otto Zehm (Spokesman-Review photo)

And vice versa?

This is what the law enforcement powers-that-be want the people of Spokane to passively accept.

Until recently, the Spokane Police would have been the lead agency in investigating its own malfeasance, police killing of citizens, etc.

But then, in their infinite wisdom, the Spokane Chief of Police and the Spokane County Sheriff agreed that their officers will play only a “support” role, rather than the lead role, in investigations of their respective agencies. So now a Spokane Sheriff deputy would be the lead investigator of a brutal killing by the Spokane Police such as that of Otto Zehm, while Spokane Police officers would only play a “support” role. And then, in an apparent bizarre effort to avoid giving any impression of conflict of interest, a Spokane Police officer would lead the investigation of Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies involved in a brutal killing of a citizen such as in case of Trent Yohe.

By the way, what is a “support” role? Would that be a role which reports back to the SPD Chief and Spokane County Sheriff or to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and Assistant Spokane City Prosecutor Rocky Treppiedi on the course of an investigation which might potentially result in the charging of a SPD officer or SCSO deputy with a felony crime?

Here are a few more details on the two brutal incidents.

May 12, 2007 — After 12 days in a coma, thirty-seven year old Trent Yohe died May 12, 2007. His death was ruled a homicide by Dr. John Howard of Spokane County medical examiner’s office. Yohe was tasered and then bound hand and foot by Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies on May 1, 2007. His death came after 12 days in a coma. No one has been charged. (Per standard procedure in Spokane County, the Spokane Police are investigating the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in this case. Typically, when a Spokane Police officer kills a citizen, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office handles the investigation. Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies also provide police coverage for the City of Spokane Valley.) Spokesman-Review Coverage of Trent Yohe death

March 18, 2006 — Seven Spokane Police officers participated in killing a mentally disabled janitor, Otto Zehm. His death has been listed as a homicide — heart failure due to suffocation while being restrained. Zehm was tasered, beaten, hog-tied, and suffocated by seven Spokane Police officers with the assistance of paramedic personnel.
http://www.spokesmanreview.com/sections/zehm/

Surveillance: All Zehm materials via KREM.com

Are the people of the Spokane area going to take a stand on this matter, recognizing that any one of them may be the next innocent person — as was Otto Zehm — to be set upon by and killed by Spokane Police?

Does it matter that your son or daughter might be the next confused and misguided young person attacked and tasered to death by Spokane County Sheriff deputies?

If your brother or best friend ends up in a crisis threatening suicide on the Monroe Street Bridge, will a mental health professional be the person attempting to help them or will it be the entire Spokane Police Department armed with tasers and AR-15s?

Anyone ever heard the words “good old boys’ club” or “Thin Blue Line”?

It is time to demand independent oversight of Spokane Police by a full-time Ombudsman with full access to all investigative materials.

The Spokane Citizen Review Commission has already been determined to have failed. During 10 years of controversy, corruption and abuses involving the Spokane Police Department, the Commission never met to consider a single case.

Moments like this are those that define whether or not a community has any sense of community, whether or not democracy is just an empty slogan, and whether or not the community rules the police or the police rule the community.

My faith in Spokane’s ability to get this right is slim. Time — the little of it left — will tell.

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9/11 Truth

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 11, 2007

Lost on George Bush’s Watch

World Trade Towers

War in Iraq

War in Afghanistan

3800 U.S. Soldiers

$450 billion dollars

Habeas Corpus

U.S. Credibility

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Clean Sweep — Changes eliminate Kirkpatrick testimonial on Worley Website

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 10, 2007

A previous post here at SpokanePoliceAbuses.wordpress.com dealt with ethical considerations around the use by Police Consultant Mike Worley of statements to the press made by Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick regarding his uncompleted investigation of the Spokane Police Department and critical issues surrounding the Otto Zehm case, the Firehouse Sex scandal, and the Civilian Oversight Committee fiasco.

The website for Worley’s business, Police Practices Consulting, was changed on September 5, 2007. The “testimonial” page was removed leaving only a client page. As a result, Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s testimonial disappeared, as did other testimonials. What remained was a dot on a map representing the $8,800 tax-payer financed report contracted by Mayor Hession on behalf of the people of Spokane with Worley and his company. Under the column labeled ‘disposition’, it reads “settled”.

Does ‘settled’ mean that the portion of Worley’s report dealing with the Otto Zehm killing has been revisited by Worley and completed? According to the October 26, 2006 edition of the Spokesman-Review, Worley’s report summary states, “A subsequent report will be released addressing the Zehm case when all investigative materials have been completed and reviewed.” In the Zehm case, a Spokane Police officer was the lead investigator in the investigation of his seven Spokane Police colleagues. Worley recommended the end of that practice and that an outside agency always have the lead in such investigations. I am still looking for the completed Worley report on the Zehm matter.

Worley — Kirkpatrick testimonial

Copy of Police Practices Consulting’s deleted testimonial page (click until original sized)

Going back to look at some of the media reports of Worley’s work posted on his own website, I came across one of particular interest.

Worley was interviewed by CNN host Paula Zahn on February 1, 2006. Zahn and her CNN crew first presented four cases of alleged police abuse including 1) the near fatal shooting by a San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy of Elio Carrion, an Air Force security officer recently home from Iraq, and 2) the fatal shooting of Devin Brown, a 13-year-old Southern California boy who backed a stolen car into a police car and was shot seven times for it.

Here for the record is the transcript of the Paula Zahn’s interview with Worley:

MIKE WORLEY, FORMER POLICE CHIEF OF MERIDIAN, IDAHO: Good to be here.

ZAHN: We have just heard a number of stories about police violence directed at folks they’re in the process of arresting. Are those statistics showing that that kind of violence is way up?

WORLEY: Well, I — I haven’t seen anything, Paula, that indicates that it is up.

In fact, it may actually be down, compared to what it was several years in the past. But it — I think there is a factor that, because of the speed of modern communications, we just become more aware of it.

ZAHN: Do you think there is too much violence used in cases like we have seen tonight?

WORLEY: Well, I can’t comment specifically on these cases. Obviously, I haven’t even all the — of the information, but some of these confrontations do get to be very violent.

And we owe it, as police and as the communities, to find out ways that we can — can curb this kind of violence.

ZAHN: And, when you talk about curbing it, a lot of people think there have got to be much more effective ways to subdue suspects. Why aren’t those being used, in — in your judgment, more frequently?

WORLEY: Well, certainly, there are.

We have much more — or many more tools available today than we had in the past, as far as effecting arrests and — and controlling subjects with less than legal — lethal force. But those tools sometimes — it depends on the circumstances, what an officer can bring to bear in a very short period of time.

ZAHN: Depending on whatever these officers have access to, do you think it is just inevitable we are going to see cases like this from time to time?

WORLEY: Well, you’re dealing with humans and perception, the — the officer’s perception of — of a threat to himself or to other people, and what he deems, in a very short period of time, is the appropriate action to take to — to curb that threat.

ZAHN: And we know that’s why you’re working on this training program so hard.

Mike Worley, thanks so much for your time. Appreciate it.

WORLEY: You’re welcome.

ZAHN: Coming up next, the T-shirt that was too much for the State of the Union. It got anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan arrested last night. Should she have known better? I will ask her.

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Spokane’s dirty little secret — What Mitchell and Jessen are really all about

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 8, 2007

The Spokane firm Mitchell Jessen and Associates as well as several other CIA and Department of Defense funded outfits in the Spokane area are involved in the “reverse engineering” of training used to help U.S. personnel and “allied” foreigners Survive, Escape, Resist, and Evade (SERE).

As many recent investigative pieces have revealed, while SERE techniques are taught at the top-secret SERE/JPRA at the “White Bluffs” location just outside of Airway Heights, the reverse engineering of resistance techniques to develop more effective and ultimately illegal torture techniques is the creation of torture designers and consultants such as Mitchell, Jessen and others in the Spokane area. These two psychologists and others, including former U.S. military and intelligence personnel, have taken their taxpayer-provided training and turned it to making the U.S. one of the most hated nations on earth. The repercussions of the U.S.-created fiasco in Iraq and the surrounding region will be with us for hundreds of years to come.

If you wonder why so many U.S. military and intelligence personnel such as Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba have come out against these practices and why U.S. officials will fight for years to avoid being tried for Geneva Convention violations and other human rights crimes, here are a few videos that help illustrate the concern, followed by a disclaimer from former CIA chief George Tenet:

And finally, this message from CIA-director George Tenet

The CIA, Torture, and George Tenet’s Body Language

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Spokane Police connection to this story:

(excerpt)

On Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 4:30 PM , a group of citizens — taxpayers, voters, war veterans, dissidents, and workers — gathered at the American Legion Building in downtown Spokane. The purpose of the event was to publicize and protest the presence of Spokane-based psychologists working with the CIA and the US Department of Defense to develop ever harsher techniques for torturing other human beings in the many-fronted U.S. wars of aggression, occupation, and subversion around the world.

An hour or so before that protest began, Spokane Police warned union picketers at a construction site a block away in front of the nearby U.S. Bank Building that violence was expected at the American Legion site and therefore suggested people stay away…

Of course, the PJALS-organized event went off without incident and certainly without violence. So what were Spokane Police doing issuing a warning to union picketers to be prepared for violence if they attended the anti-torture protest a block away?

If the Spokane Police acted on alleged “information” in issuing this warning to union picketers, did the information come from their own intelligence operations or was it passed to them by the FBI or other law enforcement intel units? Or was it classic law enforcement “cointelpro” tactics at work?

In either case, it was in the end bogus information.

(end excerpt)

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About this blog — Why this blog, how to use it, highlights, objectives

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 8, 2007

This blog — SpokanePoliceAbuses.wordpress.org — will “celebrate” two months of existence in a few days. The number of hits received will soon surpass 3000, or about 50 per day. It has been an interesting experience researching local law enforcement and pondering the realities (better named “illusions) of civilian control, democracy, and justice in our society and this community of Spokane.

This blog is built largely around a chronology of incidents involving the Spokane Police Department and other law enforcement. The chronology is entitled Laying out the case… . It is a work in progress and is updated regularly. For example, yesterday I added the 1962 killing of the Puerto Rican airman Oliguibeet A. Lopez-Pacheco Vera by the Spokane and Fairchild AFB police officers.

It is a good time to reflect on this experience, explain more about my motivation in creating the blog, look at what blogs are and how easy they are to create, and how to use this blog in particular. I also will discuss the postings I consider of greatest importance from an informational and from a philosophical point of view. Finally I will talk about the objectives of this blog and broader goals in regards to the situation of law enforcement in the Spokane area as well as global democracy.

The Blog Experience

Of course, I — like most users of the internet — have read numerous blogs in the past. From the inane to the insane and from the phony to the up-to-the-minute latest on anything and everything, blogs have proliferated, now numbering in the tens of millions.

I have made two prior attempts at creating my own blogs and both are still up and available for reading, though both are recently unattended and neglected, something for which I apologize. I intend to devote time to both in the near future.

The first blog I undertook was “On the Air with Thin Air”. There I posted information regarding KYRS 92.3 FM, a wonderful but troubled local “community” FM radio station. This blog was created on the free BlogSpot blog platform. Blogspot is now a Google property. I have been please with the functionality of the software, though I chose not to use it for my next two blogging efforts. I expect to continue to add to this blog particularly in light of the recent management crisis there.

My second foray into the world of blogging I entitled “Spanking the Spokesman” which deals with the Cowles’ family newspaper dynasty in Spokane. This blog got me started, allowed me to try out the free WordPress blog platform, and to address one of the other major powers in Spokane, besides the police, the Spokesman-Review’s daily newspaper monopoly.

I have had various troubling interactions with the Spokane Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies over the years. I have also closely followed their violent and corrupt recent history. At KYRS, I and other programmers have aired round table discussions and conducted interviews related to the Spokane Police Department’s conduct.

The death of Otto Zehm in March 2006 as well as the deaths of several others before and after Zehm’s death have created a deep feeling of distrust and in some cases fear in the community. White middle class professionals in Spokane are heard expressing their fear of police and describe turning a corner rather than risk having a police car follow them or cross their path.

Anytime information increases, the difficulty of locating it, synthesizing it, remembering it, sharing it and understanding it also increase. Clearly this was beginning to happen with the issues of the Spokane Police Department. Chiefs and mayors had come and gone. The city’s Human Rights Commission had been purged and then fallen into irrelevance. A police-controlled and police-run Police Advisory Committee has met for two decades pretending to serve as a sounding board for the police while purporting to represent “diverse” communities within Spokane. At the same time, a Citizen’s Advisory Commission has failed to meet during the course of 10 years of police abuse, impunity, corruption, and cover-up.

With all of this occurring and with no where to go for information other than to the secretive police themselves or the incompetent and self-interested city government, I decided to create this, my third blog.

What is a Blog?

According to Wikipedia:

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A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts.

In May 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 71 million blogs.[1]

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There are numerous blog platforms, essentially pre-formatted, user-friendly programs for the creation of an attractive, readable, multi-function webpage, just like the three I have set up. SpokanePoliceAbuses was up and running within less than twenty minutes. In addition to WordPress and BlogSpot, other blog platforms include Serendipity, Drupal, Collablog, etc. Blogs can be used as collaborative projects, a communication tool between colleagues or family, or as a way to present information and commentary to readers around the world. A blog can require that people register before getting access or can be completely open. Comments can be allowed or not. Most blogs have a feature for tracking statistics on usage, such as the number of people visiting the site.

For additional basic information on blogs, I recommend the Wikipedia entry for “blog” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

How to use this blog

You will note that this blog is laid out in reverse chronology. There are currently some 71 posts. You can read the posts in order — newest to oldest — by simply scrolling down the home page. At the bottom, you will need to click on “previous entries” to continue to the next page of posts.

There is a search box on the upper right hand side of the blog where you can type in a word or name. For example, if you type in “Olaguibeet”, you will be taken to a post entitled “Laying Out the Case” where I have recently added the January 15, 1962 death of Olaguibeet Angel Lopez-Pacheco Vera, a 24 year old Fairchild AFB airman shot and killed by Spokane Police and a Fairchild police sergeant on suspicion of robbery. Lopez father later filed an FBI complaint related to alleged civil rights abuses. Both men were Puerto Rican pro-independence advocates. It was later revealed that Lopez father, the distinguished Puerto Rican veterinarian Olaguibeet Angel Lopez Pacheco, was a member of an organization which was the target of FBI Cointelpro activities starting in the late 1950s.

You can also go to the right column and click on the months to read the posts just from a particular month.

Or you can scan the categories on the left side of the page for one that interests you. Depending on how I have labeled different items, they may appear under more than one category.

Perhaps you would just prefer to receive an RSS feed of new posts to this blog. Per Wikipedia, an RSS feed is (quote) “a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”, contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually. ” (end quote)

You can subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog (SpokanePoliceAbuses.wordpress.com) by clicking on this link https://spokanepoliceabuses.wordpress.com/feed/ and subscribing.

Another feature of this blog is the hyperlinks embedded in the blog. A hyperlink is the address of another website or blog or video which is embedded in my blog post. Most all hyperlinks on this blog are blue. All you need to do is click on the hyperlink to be taken to the other website or blog or video. if you touch the link with your pointer but do not click on it, in most cases you will see a small version of the website and can decide from there if you want to actually visit the site. The small version is not always the exact page you will be directed to if you do click on the link but it is always the same site.

On the right hand side of the page is a list called “BlogRoll”. There you will find names of blogs which I have found worthwhile and informative. The majority deal with justice, police matters, international affairs, and the media.

I have been experimenting with a couple “widgets”. A widget is a little program or virtual device which allows you to carry out some task. In this case I am using a map feature called “MapKit” which allows me to plot out different locations on a map of Spokane. To see the map and the locations on it with some text description of the events which occurred there, click below the map at the words “See Big Map”. I have added six locations to date, including the sites of the killings of Otto Zehm, Eagle Michael, and Jerome Alford, as well as the locations of police abuses of protesters at two locations in summer 2007.

Posts of Importance

Of course, this list is entirely subjective. I encourage you to review the entire blog as I believe that everything I have written myself or reproduced from other sources is of importance. I have tried to avoid wasting my time and yours with trivia or insignificant information.

Nevertheless, some of the posts I consider most important at SpokanePoliceAbuses.wordpress.com are:

News

Laying out the case

The Role of Spokane, Fairchild, & SERE/JPRA Programs in U.S. Torture & Geneva Convention Violations

Battle Ready: The SPD’s Military Arsenal

Training Spokane Law Enforcement in Intelligence, Military Weapons, Crowd Control, Etc.

SCSO: Pistols, Submachine Guns and Battle Rifles

Police Surveillance, Intimidation and Suppression of Spokane Dissidents

Commentary

Suicide by Cop: I’d Have Jumped Too

Arming Ourselves against State Repression and Police Brutality

Independent Oversight! Now!

Ethical Lapse by Chief Kirkpatrick?

Photos

In Memoriam: Otto Zehm (1970 – 2006)

Andale, Cipote! — Know Your Rights: Boy Confronts Police

Resources

Laying Out the Case

ACLU–Know Your Rights

FBI Watchlist: Spokane Edition

More Unanswered Questions for Spokane Reporters, Activists, and Citizens (part 2)

The FBI in War and Peace

We the People…

Color of Law Matters

Boise Office of the Community Ombudsman

Guns and Policing: Standards to Prevent Misuse — Amnesty International

Videos

Know Your Rights: Tin Soldiers and Nixon’s Coming

The Clash: Know Your Rights

Spokane Police Brutality On Camera

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In Memoriam — Otto Zehm (1970 – 2006)

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 4, 2007

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Otto Zehm — Guitarist, Gentle Lion, Golden Heart

(J. Craig Sweat Photography)

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Quarantining Dissent — Fascism on our Doorsteps

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 3, 2007

On January 4, 2004, James Bovard of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an article entitled, “Quarantining Dissent” regarding FBI surveillance and harassment of anti-war activists. Bovard refers to a U.S. Senate report which concludes that FBI harassment of citizens is carried out due to the FBI’s “belief that dissident speech and association should be prevented because they were incipient steps toward the possible ultimate commission of acts which might be criminal”. In an internal newsletter the FBI urged agents to harass citizens to provoke paranoia.

Spokane activists continue to demonstrate their intent and capacity to dog the Bush administration — and its war — until its dying day. Barring impeachment, Bush’s last day will be 01/20/2009 — the day the new U.S. president will be sworn in.

In the face of such tenacious opposition to the criminal, militarist Bush regime, the FBI and the Spokane Police Department have resorted to an assortment of tactics including 1) harassment of young Spokane activists by FBI agents, including FBI terrorism agent Jason Oakley, 2) the use of “designated protest zones” by the Spokane Police, including undercover Spokane Police officer Tramell “Mel” Taylor, and 3) the feeding of false information to sew distrust among activist groups.

Such acts are a clear sign of desperation by a federal law enforcement establishment marked by its own leadership incompetence and tarnished by internal spy scandals. The once vaunted FBI failed to detect the 9/11 conspiracy and watched impotently as the World Trade Towers tumbled to the ground. One supposes that they must now be awarding notches on their sunglasses to those agents who manage to harass a citizen activist.

The close collaboration of the Spokane Police Department with the FBI is not at all surprising. Among the links between the two agencies are former SPD Chief Terry Mangan who left the SPD for the FBI and a high ranking SPD official, Major Gil Moberly, is a former FBI agent. In addition, current Spokane Police Chief Ann Kirkpatrick has been a frequent lecturer at the FBI Academy.

Quarantining Dissent — How the Secret Service protects Bush from free speech

by James Bovard, San Francisco Chronicle (Jan. 4, 2004)

(Excerpt) On May 30, 2002, then U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft effectively abolished restrictions on FBI surveillance of Americans’ everyday lives first imposed in 1976. One FBI internal newsletter encouraged FBI agents to conduct more interviews with antiwar activists “for plenty of reasons, chief of which it will enhance the paranoia endemic in such circles and will further service to get the point across that there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox.” The FBI took a shotgun approach toward protesters partly because of the FBI’s “belief that dissident speech and association should be prevented because they were incipient steps toward the possible ultimate commission of act which might be criminal,” according to a Senate report.

On Nov. 23, 2003 news broke that the FBI is actively conducting surveillance of antiwar demonstrators, supposedly to “blunt potential violence by extremist elements,” according to a Reuters interview with a federal law enforcement official.

Given the FBI’s expansive definition of “potential violence” in the past, this is a net that could catch almost any group or individual who falls into official disfavor. (End excerpt)

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LE Friendly vs. LE Hostile — Spokane Police Guild’s Forum Discussion

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 3, 2007

(See the end of this article for an update to it added on September 4, 2007 at approximately 11:45 PM)

As readers of this blog know, the Spokane Police Guild maintains a password protected website.

Shortly after I began this blog, I began to notice that my page was being reached by a link or links placed on the forums page of the Spokane Police Guild website. For ex., one of the referring site links which appeared on my blog was http://spokanepoliceguild.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=730 and variations on that (instead of v-web another variation uses ipw-web.)

In an interaction at Frank Sennett’s Hard 7 blog, Spokane Police official Jim Faddis stated first that there was no link to my blog on the Spokane Police Guild forums page and than latter in the same Hard 7 blog wrote that there is such a link to my blog but that it is there by mistake. My response was to tell him not to take us for fools and that obviously it was no mistake.

As far as it goes, it is perfectly fine that the Guild has posted a link to this blog on their website. In fact, I had in a previous post here cordially invited the SPD and its Guild to visit this blog frequently.

I noticed however that when I clicked on the link back to the Spokane Police Guild website, I was taken one page inside their password protected website. This meant that while I could not see the actual comments posted by Guild members — which were also password protected — in their several forum discussions, I could at least see their discussion topics.

You will see in my earlier post about this discovery that I have included a Word version of the text from that Guild forum page.

The topics of discussion at the Guild forum page as of August 3, 2007 were:

1) Guild Business

2) Legislative Announcements: The latest political news from the Guild’s Legislative Reps.

3) Negotiations

4) General Topics: Rumor Mill and the Kitchen Sink–What’s on your mind? Anything goes.

5) Funny Police Stories: Have hilarious story to share with everyone? Please use common sense!!

6) For Sale: Got something for sale? Is that hard earned cash burning a whole in your pocket? Take a look inside for a great deal.

7) LE Friendly / Hostile Businesses: Do you know a business that is pro-Law Enforcement? How about anti-Law Enforcement? Post them here and let everyone know.

8} Old General Topics Threads

9) Forum Talk: Questions and Help

I must admit I would love to see if stolen property ever shows up on the For Sale forum. And I am certain that there is a great story behind why the Funny Police Stories category of the Guild forum is qualified with the warning “Please use common sense”. (Could it be because police officers have a tendency to embellish stories?)
But what is most interesting and of greatest concern to me is the category “LE Friendly/Hostile Businesses: Do you know a business that is pro-Law Enforcement? How about anti-Law Enforcement? Post them here and let everyone know.”

Are there local espresso stands on the list of law enforcement (LE) hostile businesses because of a lack of “cooperation” by young baristas?

Is the Spokesman-Review characterized by SPD officers as a “law enforcement hostile business” for its consistent and aggressive reporting of police actions over the last few years?

Are local minority-owned independent businesses (as opposed to the large, mall-based stores) associated with the hip-hop culture considered hostile by Guild members?

Is Police Practices Consulting, LLC treated as a “law enforcement friendly business”? Spokane Police Chief Ann Kirkpatrick, in her testimonial on the Police Practices Consulting, LLC, website, would suggest so when she states “[Mike Worley’s] review, I think, has been thorough, it have been independent, it has been complete, and it has been fair.” Career police officer Mike Worley and his Police Practices Consulting were hired in summer 2006 by Mayor Hession to investigate the Otto Zehm murder, the Spokane Firehouse Sex Scandal, and the dysfunctional Citizens Advisory Commission. It bears stating as I did in this post that–to my knowledge–Worley’s report is not complete in that he passed on investigating the Zehm murder because of ongoing investigations. The Zehm case remains unresolved and stands as a permanent scar upon the SPD, Spokane city government, and other law enforcement agencies in the area.

Is it possible that the conversation going on under the category “Law Enforcement Friendly and Unfriendly Businesses” on the Guild’s forum is of interest to Spokane area defense attorneys seeking to defend their clients against prejudicial Spokane Police attitudes and conduct?

What sort of racist, sexist, or other prejudicial and discriminatory types of information and characterizations of people and businesses are shared there?

Who decides what a pro-law enforcement or anti-law enforcement business is in Spokane? What if Officer Torok characterizes business ‘x’ as anti-law enforcement? Do other officers file that “warning” away in their mental data banks and carry it into the field with them? Do they access it from the field over their wireless internet connections? What if Officer Applewhaite holds a different view of that same business, has always had good relationships with that business, and understands the business owners and customers? Does Applewhaite speak to Torok? Does Applewhaite contradict Torok by posting his contradictory view on the forum? What if Torok outranks Applewhaite? What if Torok shoots the owner of that business in a dispute on the street? Are his comments on the Guild forum discoverable for purposes of criminal investigation and judicial action? What if Torok and Applewhaite are of different racial backgrounds and Torok’s characterization of the business as hostile to law enforcement, as opposed to Applewhaite’s view that it is not hostile, is impacted by his race and his relationship to the business?

Who monitors the Guild’s website — in particular its forum — for legality, appropriateness, professionalism, etc?

An extremely long blog discussion (some thirty pages printed out) at Frank Sennett’s Hard 7 came to an end when I asked SPD bloggers Officer Dan Torok and Officer Jim “Kevin” Faddis for a second time what they meant by “law enforcement friendly and law enforcement hostile” businesses. After an attempt at jail house humor by Faddis, he and Torok simply abandoned the blog conversation.

It is now up to defense attorneys, the media, concerned citizens, the City Council and Mayor, and Chief Kirkpatrick to figure out what impact the casual and unofficial characterization of businesses as hostile and friendly has on police response times, investigative quality and integrity, abusive practices, use of force decisions, and other critical operational, legal, and ethical concerns.

Whether or not questions like these will be addressed in the future will depend in large part on whether or not Spokane’s citizens demand and receive an independent oversight mechanism.

Unfortunately, this depends on negotiations with the Guild. Comments on the Guild’s forum discussion entitled “Negotiations” would be fascinating to read. The attitudes of the Spokane Police expressed by the likes of Torok and Faddis in public forums and other officers blogging anonymously or under pseudonyms suggest that neither the SPD nor the Spokane Police Guild intend to ever, ever come under civilian independent oversight and control.

Is there an SPD whistle blower willing to break ranks with the Thin Blue Line and disclose the nature of Spokane Police Guild forum chatter to the public?

(Clarification: The WordPress statistics page provides a list of links which people have clicked on to reach my blog. However, it provides no information on individuals who visit my site. Be assured that in relationship to my blog your anonymity is protected.)

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Update 9/5/07

Found on Google by searching for “David Brookbank”:

(quote from Google search)

SPOKANE POLICE GUILD :: Memberlist Dave Adams, PSB “Lower Level Suite”, 17 Feb 2004, 104 …. LE Friendly / Hostile Businesses, Old General Topics Threads, Discussions About David Brookbankspokanepoliceguild.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/memberlist.php?sid=5cb758f01d4dba664238b9ccc1fd4d4e – 70k – Cached – Similar pages

(end quote from Google search)

The above Google search results are simply an ordinary copy of the text produced as a result of the above mentioned Google search. The links automatically reproduced when pasted here.

Also be aware that if your experience is the same as mine, if you click on this link produced by a Google search, you may find as I did two cookies placed on your computer by the Spokane Police Guild website, one expiring at the end of the session and one expiring in one year. You know these guys have some high paid techie-types working for them. You can delete the cookies by opening your browser “Preferences”, go to “Cookies” (probably under Privacy and Security) and either delete the specific cookies for the Spokane Police Guild or delete all your cookies (I am not an expert on these matters and accept no responsibility if you delete all your cookies and later have difficulties of any sort).

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FBI Watchlist — Spokane Edition (Updated)

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 3, 2007

(Updated 09/03/2007 from original 08/02/2007 post)

Andy Castor — FBI supervisory agent in the Spokane office of the FBI. Castor previously worked as special assistant to the FBI chief information officer. Prior to that he was the assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s San Antonio office. Castor was involved in the FBI’s investigative confusion about the Benites Saimon Sichiro murder-by-jail-guard case and the Otto Zehm murder-by-police case, both in early 2006. According to Castor, “In this particular case, we did not ask ourselves enough questions to make sure we were talking about the same inquiry…I hope we don’t make too many more errors like this.” (from Spokesman-Review — 4/7/06)

Castor was also involved in similar FBI confusion regarding the FBI’s involvement in the May 4, 2004 assault on anti-war protesters David Brookbank and Al Mangan. In that matter, the FBI’s Seattle office reported to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s office that Mr. Brookbank “was assaulted after he assaulted the passing driver”. The Spokane Police Department’s investigative report and 911 tapes of witness statements contradict this characterization. While repeatedly denying that it carried out an investigation of the matter, James H. Burrus, Acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in Washington, DC, wrote on 2/17/06 to tell Sen. Cantwell that the Spokane Residency Agency of the FBI’s Seattle Office “conducted a thorough review of this matter and forwarded the results to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Despite requests under Freedom of Information Act for information on this matter, neither Cantwell’s office nor Mr. Brookbank has been provided with any information. Spokane Police positively identified the driver of the jeep involved in the assault on Brookbank and Mangan as Justin Clare. No charges were filed in the case and Spokane Police detective Crystal Jolley closed the case prior to speaking with two primary witnesses.

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Frank Harrill — FBI special agent in Spokane who specializes in computer crimes.

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Egon “Dez” Dezihan — Head of the Spokane FBI office. According to his staff, he spent several months in the Middle East in mid-2004, perhaps in regard to Abu Ghraib activities. He is the author of “Color of Law Matters”, an unpublished FBI document, as well as the co-author of “Oleoresin Capsicum: A Natural Alternative”, a paper dealing with pepper spray (Oleoresin Capsicum: A Natural Alternative, Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County, November 1993).

Yakima Valley News
ZoomInfo
Spokesmanreview.com

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Jason Oakley — self-described “terrorism” agent for FBI-Spokane. Oakley is involved in monitoring, tracking, and “harassing” local activists.

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Joseph Cleary — FBI-Spokane/Joint Terrorism Task Force Special Agent. Served in Afghanistan at Bagram and Kandahar. (1)

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Norman C. Brown — FBI’s Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force supervisor.

http://www.kxly.com/news/?sect_rank=2&section_id=560&story_id=12248

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Laura Laughlin, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Seattle FBI Office.

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Fred Gutt — FBI special agent in the Seattle office of the FBI. Gutt has been involved in the case of FBI spying on peace organizations such as the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS).

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Rich Kolko — FBI special agent in the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. In regard to FBI spying on peace groups, Kolko was quoted as saying, “We don’t investigate groups. We investigate criminal activity.” In regard to FBI record keeping, he stated, “We don’t purge records. If we write something down, we keep it.”

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The Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force investigates cases in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho, including domestic and international terrorism. The task force is made up of federal, state and local law enforcement, and is funded through the FBI’s budget. Domestic terrorists — as defined by the bureau — are U.S. residents who commit acts of terrorism on our own soil. Spokane was the site of 2 of the seventeen acts of domestic terrorism committed in the U.S. from 1990 to 1996.

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FBI Informant Posed as Journalist in Spokane

The FBI in Peace and War

Police Surveillance — Intimidation and Suppression of Spokane dissidents

Quarantining dissent — Fascism on our doorsteps

Law enforcement tasers suicidal man who then jumps

Dept of Justice report — Continued problems between FBI and other police agencies in spokane

FBI fabricating bogus information false ballistic information

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