Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

The People of Spokane vs. Law Enforcement Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, and Cover-up

“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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