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Gonzaga University — a police-free zone for sex crimes?

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 23, 2007

The headline for this post almost appeared blatantly absurd until I actually wrote the thought on the screen.

Then it struck me. Gonzaga University has long been a police-free zone for sex crimes and lay at the heart of an environment of hypocrisy and impunity related to sex crimes in Spokane going back decades.

Not just at the heart of hypocrisy and impunity but — as was the case in April 1969 — at the heart of the leadership of Gonzaga.

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

Nearly 40 years later it appears Gonzaga University, which only last year began to involve the Spokane Police in alcohol-related legal matters (though ineffectually as these videos show), remains a safe haven for peer-on-peer sex crimes.

In response to GU senior Elizabeth Lockhart’s letter “Punish Lawbreakers” published 12/1/2006 in the Gonzaga Bulletin, Gonzaga’s corporate counsel Michael Casey wrote a same-day response entitled “University policy follows law” which said:

A report, allegation or complaint made only to Gonzaga University is not the same as a report made with local police. The University process and the criminal justice process are two separate courses of action which may be taken together or separately, depending on the reporting party’s comfort level and desired outcome.

Casey was addressing Lockhart’s concerns about an environment at Gonzaga University which she and others feel fails to adequately protect victims of sexual aggression. Lockhart wrote:

In recent months, the effectiveness of our school’s sexual assault policy has been called into question. The policy has been criticized by many for being ambiguous and, worse yet, for protecting those who have committed sexual offenses and hindering the victims who would seek justice. Read it for yourselves. While the ideals of our University are admirable, the words of our policy do not ensure that they will be upheld. Yes, a university should be a safe haven that protects us when we make mistakes. But not when we commit crimes.

Lockhart eloquently argued that Gonzaga’s policy substitutes a proceeding under the criminal laws of the state of Washington with what she calls “the University’s private but ineffectual proceedings”. She goes on to point out that like so many institutions before it, be they the U.S. Air Force Academy or the Spokane Fire Department, the sexual assault policy of Gonzaga University “does not protect the victim, it protects the reputation of her attacker and the safe image of her university”.

And of course the safe image of Gonzaga — especially in a town with a history of notorious serial rape cases — is a multi-million dollar commodity, one in which both the Catholic university and the city of Spokane have a significant interest in protecting.

If nearly 40 years ago, under enormous pressure to act, the Spokane Police Department and Gonzaga finally drove a pedophile priest from the presidency of Gonzaga and out of Spokane, when will the pressure finally be enough to force the SPD and GU leadership to deal head on with the interconnected issues of student alcohol-abuse and sexual misconduct?

What causes one to be less than optimistic is that the course of action chosen by both the Spokane Police Department and Gonzaga in April 1969 was exactly what Lockhart alleged about the sexual assault policy of Gonzaga University today: it did not protect the victims but rather protected the reputation of their attacker and the safe image of the university.

As we know Leary left Gonzaga and Spokane but continued without legal consequence to serve in the priesthood in congregations across the country. What in the end will be the tragic outcome of the current Gonzaga policy which also fosters legal impunity? Gonzaga produces lawyers, teachers, nurses, soldiers, and world-class basketball players. Is the current policy which encourages a “hush-hush” environment for the sake of the boys one which we want to see perpetuated? Is it one in which a Catholic institution of all places needs to be complicit at this late date in history?

And where should one put the blame? On a failure of courage on the part of Gonzaga administrators and legal counsel or on some inherent blind spot in the vision and ethical judgment of male dominated institutions — such as the Catholic church, the police and the military? What about the Spokane Police Department which failed in carrying out justice but instead shepherded Father Leary out of town rather than arrest him?

Clearly, the Church, Gonzaga University, and the Spokane Police Department all share the blame.

Perhaps Gonzaga University can atone for its part in the sheltering of Father Leary and other priests who passed through its doors in their interminable priestly peregrinations. Perhaps — at this late date and in advance of the 40th anniversary of Father Leary’s departure from Spokane with the assistance of the SPD and GU leadership in April 1969 — Gonzaga University can become a zero-tolerance zone for impunity from sex crimes.

This we pray…

in the name of the father, and of the mother, and of the son, and of the daughter, and of those generations yet to come…

amen.

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Filing a complaint against the Spokane Police Department

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 22, 2007

Let’s see just how anxious the Spokane Police Department is to have its citizens file a complaint against an officer.

The following is from the website of the Spokane Police Department:

How do I file a complaint against an Officer?
Complaints are handled on several different levels. The complaint can be handled in three ways. You can speak with the Officer’s Sergeant, the Shift Commander, or Internal Affairs. The complaint can be taken verbally or in writing. Call 477-5980 and choose option one for Spokane Police, then choose the option for front desk if you would like to speak with the shift commander or Sergeant. Choose Internal Affairs option if you would like to speak to Internal Affairs.

The information provided is as unclear and deceptive as it has always been. Let’s start with the fact that a 7 year old could have written the paragraph. Complaints are handled “on several different levels” and “in three ways” and can be “taken verbally and in writing”. If that is not convoluted and vague enough, only a phone number is provide. No address is provided to file a written complaint. No information is provided on where to obtain a complaint form and, in this day and age of electronic media, no downloadable or printable complaint form is provided.

(The SPD website has a streaming media page, formatted e-mail pages, interactive crime maps and other evidence of technological sophistication. There is zero reason why the citizens of Spokane do not have access to a downloadable and printable complaint form except that the Spokane Police Department has always sought to make it nearly impossible to complain without a citizen feeling threatened, discouraged, harassed and further victimized.)

This is has long been the modus operandi of the Spokane Police Department in regards to citizen complaints. First, discourage complaints by making it virtually impossible to complain. Second, make it very difficult to obtain any information on making a complaint without having contact first with police personnel. Third, make the existence of a complaint form next to impossible to confirm and even harder to obtain.

Without independent civilian oversight of the Spokane Police Department, the people of Spokane will continue to be subjected to the guffaws of the Spokane Police Guild echoing through the Public Safety Building. It will continue to be the most vulnerable and the least represented who will be the most victimized. And that reality will continue to be the legacy of Spokane — a justice system which fails to hold the police to a standard of accountability and oversight which assures our safety and freedom.

(Note: The website of the Spokane Crime Reporting Center, which is joint contracted by the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, provides even less information on the process for making a complaint of official police misconduct. In fact, they are so anxious to have a complaint filed that they don’t even complete the question in list of Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.spokanecounty.org/crimereportingcenter/faq.asp )

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Court allows suit to proceed against city of Spokane for false arrest by Officer Strickland

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 21, 2007

You might know Corporal Jon Strickland as the Spokane Police contact regarding the attempted suicide on 11/9/07 on the Monroe Street bridge or as a spokesman regarding the loss of an SPD patrol car which burned in the presence of COPS TV cameras or in stories about Spokane’s rash of hit and runs.

Nevertheless, despite his work on these matters, it appears that Corporal Strickland has not managed to avoid internalizing the abusive, bullying attitudes of other Spokane Police officers. A clear example of the type of abusive behavior with which the Spokane Police has become increasing known is the incident described to Spokane Chief of Police Ann Kirkpatrick by community worker Carmen Jacoby during the September 19, 2007 Forum/Chat in the City Council Chambers. In the incident described by Jacoby, a Spokane Police officer stated, “I have a job to do. I have to get these shit bags out of this park” and then threatened to put Jacoby in the back of his patrol car if she did not desist in asking him for his name and badge number and stand back.

(A copy of the DVD of the 9/17/07 Forum/Chat — which includes Jacoby’s testimony — can be obtained by request for $15 from the City media office in the basement of City Hall or for free by e-mailing me at spokanepoliceabuses@gmail.com )

Now, back to Strickland who in 2004 engaged in inappropriate action which has again subjected the people of Spokane to risk of financial responsibility for abusive and disrespectful behavior towards our fellow citizens. The case of the civil suit for false arrest filed by Sharon Bishop is one that any Spokane citizen can understand and appreciate. In fact, the general facts are not unlike those which many a Spokanite has encountered in dealing with the Spokane Police Department. It is an abusive, aggressive attitude which suggests that SPD officers consider themselves without any authority above them in their dealings with the citizenry. In fact, that is true given that Spokane remains the only city of any significance in the northwest United States without independent civilian oversight.

Decision No. 25684 – 7 – III of the Washington State Court of Appeals

Spokesman Review report on the Court decision

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More From CragCrawler — Running off his arse and running down the Idaho State Legislature

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 20, 2007

We last caught up with CragCrawler when he was chatting with USMCGunnerM4 about the Spokane Police Department’s plans to hire 44 more policemen over the next couple years.
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(By the way, it appears that USMCGunnerM4 is Spokane County Corrections Officer Ian Purcell)
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Here CragCrawler discusses his testing to become part of the Idaho State Patrol.
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habeas corpus
09-20-2007, 03:49 PM
Anyone else recently take the ISP test? Wondering if you have gotten the results yet? Also do you know when the next phases will be held? Good Luck.

CragCrawler
09-20-2007, 05:40 PM
I tested for em. To get your questions answered you can call the HR department. They seem to be pretty helpful whenever I have called them. Another option is to call one of the many recruiters and ask them questions. All this can be found by going to their web site.Good Luck

CragCrawler
09-26-2007, 11:37 PM
Just a side note. Contacted ISP HR and they said that applicants will know by the end of the week how they did on the online test (Hopefully!) and if they go on to subsequent phases.

CragCrawler
10-03-2007, 07:10 PM
Got an email and I am heading to Meridian for the physical agility and the oral.

trouttrooper
10-03-2007, 08:08 PM
good luck!!

CragCrawler
10-03-2007, 11:50 PM
Thanks…not to worried about it (yet 😀 ) Noticed that the physical agility is pretty difficult to get a full score. Good thing I have been running my arse off!

trouttrooper
10-04-2007, 11:47 PM
That reminds me, our physical fitness day is coming up next month, I need to start working on the 1 1/2 mile again…….man I hate asthma.

CragCrawler
10-05-2007, 01:15 AM
That reminds me, our physical fitness day is coming up next month, I need to start working on the 1 1/2 mile again…….man I hate asthma.Are the requirements for the established troopers the same as the recruits?

trouttrooper
10-05-2007, 10:07 AM
If ISP follows the same physical requirements as POST then yes. I don’t know if ISP goes above and beyond the POST minimums when hiring.21 pushups
15 situps in 1 minute (I think, can’t remember exact number now)
14 inch vertical jump (maybe 12, again can’t remember)
300 meters in 77 seconds
1 1/2 mile in 17:17Once you get through all the inital stuff with ISP you never have to do physical fitness testing again. Fish and Game game wardens (me :D) are the only LE in Idaho who test twice a year and can be let go if you don’t pass….After considerable support and help from the department first. No one’s been let go that I know of.

CragCrawler
10-20-2007, 08:05 PM
Just got back from Boise. Orals went good and got 92 points out of a possible 100 for physical agility. I feel confident that I passed the orals but you never can know for sure right 😉 we’ll find out in a few weeks!

CragCrawler
11-03-2007, 01:37 AM
Found out that I passed the Orals. Now they are going to start the Background check then on to the poly.
I have done one other poly for another department. Are all poly’s pretty much the same or are they different by agency? What is the poly like for ISP?

trouttrooper
11-03-2007, 09:52 AM
Congrats.Not sure how ISP’s poly is but mine was pretty simple, just questions to make sure you didn’t lie on any part of your application etc. No surprise questions.I believe we use the same “test”

nrneuha
11-23-2007, 10:53 AM
Good luck with that, ISP takes a long time, I heard average is 11 month hiring process

towncop
11-23-2007, 04:36 PM
How about the OP? Is he/she still in the process??

CragCrawler
11-25-2007, 11:01 PM
Good luck with that, ISP takes a long time, I heard average is 11 month hiring processThe Process has actually been moving right along. August 27th is when they posted the announcement. September 19 is when they closed it. Then on the 19th of October I flew to meridian and had the Physical fitness exam and oral boards. November 1st I received a letter stating I passed the oral board and that they were going to start my BI. They said by the end of November they are going to call me to schedule a polygraph, medical, and psych! They are trying to get us into the march POST academy.

trouttrooper
11-29-2007, 01:20 PM
POST, then ISP academy, the FTO. Takes about a year.March is a good time to be in Meridian. Not too hot yet and winter is pretty much over.

CragCrawler
12-09-2007, 11:24 PM
I was talking to one of the troopers and they mentioned that ISP does not have any unmarked cars. He didn’t know why, do any of you know why the ISP does not have unmarked cars? Do all departments throughout the state like this?

TrooperDB
12-10-2007, 12:37 PM
By Idaho Code ISP has to patrol in marked units, with the ISP decals, white stripes, black car, and white roof… This is all because a State legislature was mad when he got a speeding ticket from an unmarked.

CragCrawler
12-11-2007, 12:34 AM
By Idaho Code ISP has to patrol in marked units, with the ISP decals, white stripes, black car, and white roof… This is all because a State legislature was mad when he got a speeding ticket from an unmarked.Thats pretty lame if you ask me. It’s a good way to catch reckless drivers from the rides that I have been on in unmarked cruisers.On another subject, I have been reading on some of the Idaho laws and their fines (Traffic) and I noticed that seat belt tickets are only $10 fine and you have to pull them over for something else to get them for it. It almost seems not worth it. Is their anything in the future that would change this (the fine or the pull over rule) or is Idaho pretty much set with what they have?

trouttrooper
12-11-2007, 10:42 AM
No unmarked but the chargers in my area are slick tops. Add that to the charger being new and not easily identified as a cop car when coming towards you it’s almost as effective as unmarked.

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Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual (ACLU)

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 19, 2007

Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual (12/1/1997)

CONTENTS

PREFACE

1. SOME OPERATING ASSUMPTIONS

2. GETTING STARTED — IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM

3. GATHER THE FACTS
Forget the Official Data
What You Really Need to Know, And Why
Where To Get The Information, And How

4. CONTROLLING THE POLICE — COMMUNITY GOALS
A Civilian Review Board
Control of Police Shootings
Reduce Police Brutality
End Police Spying
Oversight of Police Policy
Improved Training
Equal Employment Opportunity
Certification and Licensing of Police Officers
Accreditation of Your Police Department

5. ORGANIZING STRATEGIES
Build Coalitions
Monitor the Police
Use Open Records Laws
Educate the Public
Use the Political Process to Win Reforms
Lobby For State Legislation

A FINAL WORD

RESOURCES
Bibliography
Organizations
ACLU Affiliates

CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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The Shock Doctrine — Naomi Klein (short version)

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 17, 2007

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism — by Naomi Klein

In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves…. Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly out-sources the running of the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater…. After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts…. New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened…. These events are examples of “the shock doctrine”: using the public’s disorientation following massive collective shocks — wars, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters — to achieve control by imposing economic shock therapy. Sometimes, when the first two shocks don’t succeed in wiping out resistance, a third shock is employed: the electrode in the prison cell or the Taser gun on the streets.

Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, The Shock Doctrine vividly shows how disaster capitalism — the rapid-fire corporate reengineering of societies still reeling from shock — did not begin with September 11, 2001. The book traces its origins back fifty years, to the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman, which produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today. New, surprising connections are drawn between economic policy, “shock and awe” warfare and covert CIA-funded experiments in electroshock and sensory deprivation in the 1950s, research that helped write the torture manuals used today in Guantanamo Bay.

The Shock Doctrine follows the application of these ideas though our contemporary history, showing in riveting detail how well-known events of the recent past have been deliberate, active theatres for the shock doctrine, among them: Pinochet’s coup in Chile in 1973, the Falklands War in 1982, the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Asian Financial crisis in 1997 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

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The Age of Disaster Capitalism (reprinted in CommonDreams.org)

Calling things what they are — Video conversation between Naomi Klein & John Cusack

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Respond by e-mail: Your help needed in developing this site

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 16, 2007

The goal of this blog, Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present, is to provide facts and insight, as well as commentary and links to related issues on a global scale. In fulfilling that goal, I believe this site has been successful in its 5 months of existence. Nearly 15,000 people have visited the site to date. The items that people are searching for (visible through WordPress statistics feature) are fascinating and indicate widespread interest in the issues of police abuse of powers particularly by Spokane area law enforcement, as well as the closely related issues of fascism at home and military intervention abroad.

Please send your questions, suggestions, articles, corrections, links, and comments to:

spokanepoliceabuses@gmail.com

Besides information on police abuses, police practices, community oversight of police, etc., I am also very interested in ideas on how to better organize the sight, how to more effectively use the categories, links, and other sidebar features.

Basically all feedback, especially critical feedback, is appreciated.

I do not promise to respond to all e-mails. E-mails from fascists, militarists, death squad members, human rights abusers, racists, and police apologists will not be read and will simply be deleted.

I will respond to some e-mails on a selective basis.

Thank you for your help and support.

Adelante, cipote

Boy Confronts Police

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Police Reservists Bring the War Home — MoJoBLOG

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 10, 2007

We already know that the war in Iraq has come home to the U.S. All wars do. The demons of the Vietnam War live among us in the form of mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, and post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

To begin to get an inkling of what we are in store for as this fiasco called the war on terrorism comes home to the U.S., all we have to do is read the stories of protesters being tasered, beaten, arrested, assaulted with impunity, surveilled, put on ‘Homeland Security’ lists, and defamed.

And for those of us locally, we know all about Spokane-based ‘psychologists’ Jessen and Mitchell and their reverse engineering of survival techniques to develop more efficient torture techniques for use in violation of U.S and international laws and conventions.

At the same time, our Fairchild AFB has provided the aircraft and crews to support the bombing of civilian and military targets in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nationally we have seen Blackwater International’s mercenaries on the streets of New Orleans during the Bush-bungled fiasco in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Be aware that we will see Blackwater and other mercenary companies in many other contexts here and abroad over the years that come.

And then, of course, just look at the types of training being received by local ‘law enforcement’.

As pointed out in this MotherJones Blog posting and in the USA Today story linked to it, we are already experience problems with police forces around the countryside. Spokane already has its share of police officers, sherrif’s deputies, and other security and law enforcement personnel with duty history in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, our local law enforcement agencies have armed up with AR-15‘s, H&K G3A3 battle rifle, H&K MP5SD4 suppressed submachine gun, and untold other military surplus weapons.

Get ready for the abuses. And be ready to see former Iraq/Afghanistan war vets in police uniforms on the streets of U.S. cities and towns tasering, beating, and killing mentally ill and drug-addicted fellow vets as the war comes comes home to roost — live and in living color — over the next few years.

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(From Mother Jones Magazine on-line edition)

MoJoBLOG

~Police Reservists Bring the War Home

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken an unprecedented number of National Guard reservists and put them into active combat overseas. Many of those reservists were police officers before they were deployed. Now that some of them are finally coming home, they are have a difficult time making the transition from street combat to beat patrols in their old jobs, reports USA Today.

In March, for instance, an Austin, Texas police officer who had recently returned from Iraq fired his gun into the parking lot of a crowded shopping center while chasing an unarmed suspect. A bullet from his gun hit a parked van, narrowly missing two children who were sitting inside. The officer was reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that had gone undiagnosed.

The Austin episode was one of a string of close calls police departments have observed among officers recently returning from Iraq. A few big-city police departments are creating “re-entry” programs for returned vets to help prevent such incidents in the future, but most aren’t, meaning that some of the cops coming back from the Middle East may be ticking time-bombs. So much for the Iraq war making Americans safer at home…

(Originally printed in MotherJones )

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When Others Were Silent, Dennis Kucinich Stood Up and Spoke Up

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 6, 2007

http://www.dennis4president.com/go/issues/

Strength Through Peace

strength_peace.jpgDennis Kucinich is the only democrat running for President who has voted against authorizing the war in Iraq and against funding its continuation. He has proposed a bold, new policy to re-establish America’s place in the world. Diplomacy and a return to statesmanship as the path to strong international leadership. A new policy of investing in our communities and our infrastructure. A new policy of Strength through Peace.
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A Healthy Nation
insurance_paperwork.jpgHealth care in the US is too expensive and leaves 46 million Americans without insurance and millions more underinsured. Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate for President with a plan for a Universal, Single-Payer, Not-for-Profit health care system.
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Survival of the Middle Class
mature_couple.jpgFor most American families, the loss of a job or one serious illness spells catastrophe. Stagnant wages, expensive health care and rising education costs are vital issues being ignored by the Congress and White House. A champion of working families, Dennis Kucinich will lead America into expanding opportunities, universal health care, restore our schools and strengthen Social Security and protections for private pensions.
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Securing Constitutional Democracy
constitution_flag.jpgA corrupt campaign finance system, coupled with vulnerable electronic voting have eroded America’s confidence in our elections. The USA Patriot Act and secret strategy meetings to set policy tear into the very concept of We the People. As President, Dennis will protect individual liberty and privacy and restore balance and fairness in America’s electoral system.
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A Sustainable Future
turbines.jpgAs the world population soars towards eight billion, critical issues of survival face all of us. Living on a planet of finite resources means that human life can not be sustained indefinitely without careful thought and compassion coupled with political courage.
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End to Poverty
poverty_iwashere.jpgHalf the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day. In 2003, 10.6 million children died before they reached the age of five. Without hope and stricken by the AIDS pandemic, religious strife and no opportunity for an education; desperate poverty is a fact of everyday life for the majority of the world’s people. It manifests itself in war, terror and genocide over scarce resources, hopelessness and intolerance. Dennis Kucinich will make it a national priority to fight poverty worldwide. He understands that the path to a safe, strong America is through peace, tolerance and committing our nation to eradicating the root causes of global poverty.
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Saving Capitalism
business_compass.jpgAs President, Dennis Kucinich will end America’s participation in NAFTA and the WTO. Huge, multi-national corporations ship American jobs overseas, turn a blind eye to human rights abuses and hide behind their lobbyists in Washington. Read more about Dennis’ plan to instill ethics, accountability and fairness in global trade and big business.
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Dr. Tom Jeannot reflects on July 4, 2007 in Spokane, Washington

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 5, 2007

Originally posted to spokaneprogressives and sent to other friends…

July 4, 2007

Hi, friends.

After the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, the Walker Report coined the expression, a “police riot,” to characterize the brutal repression of dissent during those unforgettable hours. American citizens exercising their Constitutionally protected First-Amendment rights to assemble and speak out against the carnage in Vietnam were met with the iron fist of the state, a scenario repeated again and again at places like Kent State and Jackson State, against the Black Panther Party everywhere and MOVE in Philadelphia, and on it goes in a list too long to rehearse now. What is demonstrated is the fundamental incompatibility of the national security state with elementary democracy, even in the limited form envisioned by the Constitution.

A generation later, with the Constitution even more imperiled than it was in that last great hour, the police state with its state security apparatus has descended on the people once more like a cloud of poison gas. The slightest expression of civil liberty suffices to provoke the hydra-headed beast to the brutality of its nightsticks, handcuffs, choke-holds, and paddy wagons.

We are choking on it right now, right here, today.

Last week (on June 27, 2007), Dan Treecraft and Rebecca Lamb merely sought to assemble for the redress of their grievances against the Attorney General of the United States. The occasion of their arrest is a scene repeated in city after city all across the land.

The black community in the US has long been weary of the grim conditions of lockdown now visited upon a tepid left, all too happy to secure the proper permits and pen themselves in the corrals known in this Time of Bush as “free speech zones,” once any one of us is even slightly emboldened to reclaim the public spaces now almost wholly given over to panoramic shopping malls and ersatz theme parks.

In our own local community, cops routinely shoot people and beat them up. I do not want to say it, except that it’s true.

You don’t want to say: pig!

You want to maintain proper decorum and civility, the high road, the civic virtues of polite discourse, only to discover that the discursive practice of the state security apparatus is Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition and the prison-industrial complex, Blackwater and Halliburton, talking and refusing to talk in the voices of a Dick Cheney, a Scooter Libby, or a Tony Snow. When you speak, then, this is how it answers: it answers with men who place themselves outside the rule of law, know no accountability for their conduct, and would as easily maim, kill, or disappear you as go to the country club for cocktails.

You would think we were in Argentina in the time of the Colonels and Chile in the time of Pinochet.

I was there today (July 4, 2007). I’ll tell you what happened on my sworn honor to tell the truth. I should have been arrested and I feel guilty that I was not. It must be remembered that the subject is youth. Bob Zeller came out in solidarity, as did Dan and Jan Treecraft. Otherwise, these young people were high-school aged, in their late teens, and in their early twenties. They are suffocating in the cloud of poison gas that has descended upon Spokane. They lack the lungs to breathe this air.

I won’t tell you how I found out that a group of young people planned to meet in Peaceful Valley under the Maple Street Bridge at five o’clock on the Fourth of July in order to stage a protest against the pandemic of police brutality. Many of the same youth had already met with police violence in Critical Mass and other ways. Many, perhaps most, dress in black. You see them gathered and you think for a minute that you’re on the Left Coast. Many wear the bandanas across their faces made famous again by the Zapatistas. They are not especially well clarified in theory and philosophy: they are broadly, roughly, and approximately anarchists. Last Fourth of July, fifty of them turned out. Today the number was greater, perhaps as many as seventy. Peaceably assembling in the park under the bridge, people talked quietly among themselves until a few minutes past five, when four brief speeches were made. The first speaker gave a history lesson on COINTELPRO. Next came a young woman to talk about the gendered dimension of police brutality today. Since I cannot help speaking, I was honored to speak next, briefly, reminding the comrades of the Battle in Seattle in 1999 and the links of this event to a global movement from Venezuela to South Africa. The last speaker presented a statistical analysis of the numbers of police dead by comparison with other workers to make the point that cops rarely die on the job. Everyone listened quietly and attentively. There was a very good vibe.

While the speeches were being made, the cops started to show up. One of them approached an organizer of the event, but the group demanded that everyone be addressed. He told us, in effect, that the police would withdraw if we followed the simple rules of pedestrian right-of-way and so forth. Everyone agreed. No one was in the mood for a confrontation with the police. Please allow me to repeat this: no one gathered was in a mood to tangle with or antagonize cops. Some speech had an antagonistic, oppositional quality to be sure, and not all speech was decorous, although I cannot recall finding a provision to the contrary in the Constitutional guarantee.

The situation is this: these young people have speech and signs; the cops have sidearms, nightsticks, and all of the other lovely accoutrements of the national security state. After all, they are the police, increasingly militarized, with the full force of the police state to back them up. I presume the young people were in the same mood I was in, having no desire to poke a stick or throw a rock at men with guns, because I figure there’s not exactly what you’d call a balance of forces.

Well then, after the speeches, we fell more or less into order and proceeded to march. The last I heard, such marches are a hallowed American tradition, and what better way to celebrate the revolutionary heritage of the Fourth of July. We kept mainly to the sidewalk, up from Peaceful Valley and into downtown Spokane. We marched around the gods of commerce with their gaudy logos and then made our way into Riverfront Park. Naturally, the park was crowded. Perhaps we took people too much by surprise to react much. It was fun, it lasted ten or maybe twenty minutes through the Park, and then we came round by the clock tower. An organizer invited us to stick around for something to eat and to talk, but the event was essentially over at this point. In fact, I had just made the reasonable decision to go home, get some dinner, walk my dogs, even feeling a little elated to find things coming off so nicely in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

We took up our space by the clock tower and some companions laid out a blanket, appropriately depicting the Flag. People began talking and eating and things were, as someone my age will be sure to say, mellow. Meanwhile, we noticed police forming a perimeter, initially I would say at a distance of about forty yards–SPD and Riverfront Park Security personnel–to the north, and then along the sidewalk to the immediate south of our location. Gradually, choreographically, the perimeter began to tighten. Pretty soon it was hard to ignore the fact that we were being surrounded by about twenty cops. I didn’t count, so I can’t be sure of the number. It was not a small number. I began to think about the talk the one cop had given us under the bridge and how compliant everyone was. But the perimeter continued to tighten, we were surrounded, and now there were two rings of cops, the first closing in on the blanket at center, the second on all points of the compass further out. Then the inner ring of cops started taking pictures with the clever little cameras we have these days, and they were positively starting to crowd the folks now hemmed in on all sides on the blanket. Some of the kids started–I would say, squawking–and then obstructing the camera lenses with the signs we’d been carrying.

You know how it is when somebody comes right up on your personal space? Being an American white “middle-class” white guy, I’m inclined to take this sort of thing as a sign of aggression. I don’t know, maybe it’s different in Hong Kong or Manhattan.

Since I was in the act of leaving at this moment, I must say I didn’t quite see exactly what happened next; I saw it, but I’m not a very good reporter (even though I co-hosted “On the Clock” for over two years with Wil, who was also there and has a much better eye for detail). I was on the outer perimeter. Suddenly, perhaps four cops bum-rushed one young man who was sitting on some kind of canister just off the blanket. Wil told me afterwards that the young man had touched a cop, which I guess was all the provocation they needed (although the whole episode had the feeling of a pretext). You’ll have to remember that the cops were steadily closing in on the blanket area and undertaking this homeland security business of snapping everyone’s picture, and by now the kids-to-cops pixels were rather high-resolution. It looked to me, in other words, like they just wanted any excuse to start roughing people up. You can see the fourteen photographs by going to the link I’ve posted below (from the SR, sent courtesy of Rebecca Lamb). They hauled this one kid off, perhaps as many as four cops heading south with him out towards Spokane Falls Boulevard.

There was a brief lull in the action. I believe people were trying to find their bearings. A crowd was beginning to gather, initially mainly in support of the kids, although as the crowd thickened, I would say to several hundred onlookers by the end, its complexion also changed and there was many a brown-shirt cheering on the cops with some of the blockheads volunteering to form a human chain.

After the lull–I was having one of those slow-motion experiences–near pandemonium set in. Cops were knocking kids down right and left. The crowd began to chant, “Let them go!” On the outer perimeter where I still was, having unsuccessfully tried to call Beverly on my little cell phone gadget to ask her whether I should try to get arrested, a goon, if I may call him that, came up to me and another friend of ours who meanwhile had shown up and could give his own account of what happened, and he told us that unless we vacated, or if we remained where we were we would be subject to arrest for criminal trespass. I’m sure there must be some legal authority for trumping up this charge. Our friend and I stayed right where we were, but it appeared that now that the cops had secured the center of the action at the blanket–under a tree, by the way, where the remaining kids had joined arms–they were cherry-picking various people off to the side to subject them to the same hospitality. So the effect was that this was happening around me but not to me.

Again, it appeared that the cops were singling out certain people on the periphery, then rushing and arresting them. I was even wearing my tee-shirt with the photograph of Fidel Castro shaking hands with Ernest Hemingway, which Wil had brought me back from Cuba; but I guess this wasn’t enough to win me a nightstick.

The SR reporter was there whose name is included below, and I gave him a somewhat impassioned statement, taking the First Amendment, peaceable assembly, free speech, civil liberties, and the Fourth of July as my themes, especially eager to point out that THE YOUNG PEOPLE HAD DONE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO PROVOKE THE POLICE EXCEPT CONCLUDE THEIR MARCH BY GATHERING AROUND A BLANKET TO SHARE SOME FOOD AND CONVERSATION, bringing to an end what would have been AN UPLIFTING EVENT FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY IN HONOR OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY TRADITION, and a much better way to spend the afternoon than shopping in River Park Square.

Around about then, I left the park and came home, to discover that fully seventeen youth had been arrested on this gorgeous evening in Spokane.

The term, “riot,” connotes mayhem. I use the term, “near-riot” instead because police procedure on this occasion was systematic and orchestrated. It was as systematic and orchestrated as it can be when brutal thugs take out nightsticks and handcuffs and start wailing on innocent youngsters.

Ironically, the absurdly thuggish, unprovoked, and gratuitous police conduct on this occasion enacted the raison d’etre of the occasion itself, to protest police brutality. It was as if they were determined to demonstrate, almost as if it were theater, the very bill of particulars that had been brought against them.

Peace!

Tom

[ More about Dr. Tom Jeannot, the 4th of July, and state repression ]

 

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The War Against Us All — Immortal Technique with Mumia Abu Jamal

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 3, 2007

the war against us all

 


“the war against us all. this war in iraq isn’t the end, it’s the beginning of wars to come. all around the world, at the whim of the neo-cons in the white house. this is the bush doctrine come to life. war. war. and more war. war brought to you by the big corporate masters who run the show. this isn’t just a war on iraqi’s, or afghani’s, or even arabs or muslims. it is ultimately a war on us all. that’s because the billions and billions of dollars that are being spent on this war, the cost of tanks, rocketry, bullets, and yes, even salaries for the 125,000 plus troops is money that will never be spent on education. on health care. on the reconstruction of crumbling public housing. or to train and place the millions of workers who had lost manufacturing jobs in the past 3 years alone. the war in iraq, is in reality, a war against the nation’s workers and the poor. who are getting less and less. while the big defense industries are making a killing, literally. what’s next? iran? syria? north korea? venezuela? we’ve already seen the corporate media play megaphone to the white house to build and promote a war based on lies. war is utilized by the imperialists, first and foremost, to crush internal enemies. we’re seeing the truth of his insight when we see the sad state of american education. the rush of seniors to buy affordable medications from the canadians, because american drugs are just too expensive. the threatened privatization of social security, and the wave of repression that comes with an increasingly militarized police. this is a war on all of us. and the struggle against war is really a struggle for better life, for the millions of folks who are in need here in this country. the fight against the war is really to fight for your own interests. not the false interests of the defense industries, or the corporate media, or the white house. down with the wars for empire, from death row, this is mumia abu-jamal.”(Music: Immortal Technique with Mumia Abu Jamal)

http://www.freemumia.org/index.html

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The ACLU Defends Police

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 2, 2007

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Because Freedom Cannot Protect Itself

The ACLU Defends Cops

The ACLU is well known for its vigorous efforts to combat police misconduct, but not as well known for its legal advocacy on behalf of police officers. Our criticism of some police officers and departments has led some to conclude that the ACLU is “anti-cop.” Ironically, this misconception actually derives from the ACLU’s commitment to promote good policing. Often, we support good policing simply by defending police officers. Police are, of course, just as entitled to constitutional protection as the rest of us. They also have their rights violated like the rest of us.The ACLU regularly defends officers whose rights to free expression are denied or violated.The ACLU defended officers’ right to religious freedom in a case close to home this year. Officers Faruq Abdul-Aziz and Shakoor Mustafa wear beards in accordance with their Sunni Muslim faith. For this, they were to be fired by the Newark Police Department, which prohibits beards except for those suffering from a skin condition aggravated by shaving.The ACLU of New Jersey filed an amicus brief in support of the two officers and the Fraternal Order of Police position that the dismissal constituted a violation of their First Amendment right to religious freedom. “When the government grants secular exemptions to workplace rules, it should not be able to deny comparable religious exemptions without a compelling reason,” said David Rocah, ACLU-NJ Staff Attorney.

In May 1997, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed suit on behalf of the Latino Officers Association. The suit challenges a New York (City) Police Department (NYCPD) policy requiring officers to seek and obtain the consent of the Police Com- missioner before speaking publicly about non-confidential matters concerning the Department. The ACLU won a preliminary injunction in federal court ordering the Department to cease enforcing the policy. The City has appealed the decision.

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a St. Louis Police officer who was suspended without pay for fifteen days after he spoke at a public workshop about racism in the police force. The officer, Dennis McLin, was off-duty and not in uniform when he made the speech, but nonetheless found himself the subject of disciplinary action and harassment.

The ACLU of Michigan successfully represented an Oxford police officer who was sued for defamation by his chief for reporting to public officials that the chief altered a police report. “This case is about one of the most important purposes of free speech in a democracy: the right to criticize government and the actions of government officials,” said ACLU cooperating attorney Neal Bush. The ACLU won a motion to dismiss the suit, Ford v. Miller, in May 1999.

The ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh represented Allegheny County police officer Anton C. Uhl, Jr. in his lawsuit to stop disciplinary proceedings against him for criticizing the depart- ment in a series of letters to the Allegheny County Commissioner.

In a particularly patriotic moment, your ACLU affiliate here in New Jersey advocated on behalf of North Wildwood police officers, war veterans, who were prohibited from wearing flags on their uniforms as symbols of their service. Yes, the ACLU sticks up for police officers, war veterans, and the American flag!

Police officers have also turned to the ACLU when exercising their right to participate in the political process has resulted in retaliation from superiors. The ACLU has represented officers all over the country who have been fired for campaigning for or against elected officials in their chains of command.

A classic example of this kind of case occurred in North Carolina in 1994 when ten Buncombe County deputy sheriffs were terminated for actively supporting the incumbent, at that time their boss. The deputies engaged in political campaigning only while off duty and fully intended to work loyally and cooperatively with their new sheriff. Nonetheless, he fired them on his first day in office. The ACLU lost this one.

We were more successful in Georgia, where, in May 1998, four former sheriffs were awarded $1.25 million in damages. The deputies were fired for not publicly supporting a newly elected sheriff. The jury in the case ruled that the sheriff had violated the freedom of speech and association rights of each of the deputies. In a statement to the press, Marcia Borowski, a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Georgia said, “The jury found that the job of deputy sheriff should not be subject to political patronage . . . We need professional law enforcement personnel protected from the vagaries of politics.”

Many law enforcement officers and many of those who would join their ranks face discrimination in various forms.

In Southern California, for example, the ACLU is representing a huge class of officers, mostly women, in a class action suit charging that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) discriminates against women-particularly women of color-in hiring, promotion, and assignment.

In April 1997, the NYCLU filed a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a New York City administrative code that imposes a 35-year old age restriction on candidates for the NYCPD. The NYCLU argued that the age limitation was not a narrowly tailored predictor of job performance and that the age restriction was introduced only after the candidates had completed their written and physical examinations. This July, after settling lawsuits made on behalf of 33 men and 6 women, the NYCPD appointed 39 qualified men and women over the age of 35.

The ACLU of South Carolina filed a discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a nine-year police veteran fired after taking parental leave upon the birth of his first daughter. The ACLU asserts that officials refused to grant the officer parental leave because of his gender and then fired him in retaliation for attempting to exercise his rights.

The ACLU of Maryland represented State Trooper Kevin Knussman in the nation’s first-ever sex discrimination case under a federal medical leave act. Immediately after a court victory and $375,000 award this past February, Knussman was barred from returning to work. His employers’ excuse for the retaliation was that his testimony that he suffered mental distress four years earlier called his mental fitness into question. The ACLU moved to have the State Police held in contempt, and they reversed their position and reinstated Knussman. Officer Knussman’s struggle earned him a personal visit with President Clinton in 1995 to celebrate passage of the Family Medical Leave Act.

Litigation is only one way that the ACLU supports law enforcement. In both Pittsburgh and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the ACLU launched programs to improve relations between police and community members.

Allegheny Police Association president Jim Hasara summed up a feeling shared by many law enforcement officials—”Just because we are police officers doesn’t mean that we gave up our constitutional rights.” Let the record show that the ACLU supports liberty and justice for all.

Reprinted with permission of ACLU of New Jersey

Copyright 2006, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
P.O. Box 32159, Newark, NJ 07102
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Alan Chertok — Spokane Area Law Enforcement Personalities of Note #3

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 2, 2007

Alan Chertok came to Spokane, Washington in 1998 with great credentials — Fulbright Scholar in UK Police Studies and US Navy Intelligence Officer. He had also worked on the East Coast as a police officer. But that year, 1998, he ran up against a challenge that even he could not surmount when he became the Chief of Police of the Spokane Police Department. Nine months later, the people of Spokane paid him $65,000 to resign and that was the end of that.

Chertok is now an attorney operating out of Kennewick, Washington. He is also an instructor for OPSEC, a LaConner (Washington)-based outfit providing SWAT, para-military, military, and police special units training, as well as training for mercenaries.

(Note: Chertok does not mention having been the Chief of Police of Spokane in his on-line resume).

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http://www.spokesmanreview.com/news/live/body.asp?ID=library/century/part4-inthenews

May 28, 1999
Embattled police chief quits
Spokane Police Chief Alan Chertok resigned Thursday, accepting a buyout of $65,000 after just nine months in office. His term had been filled with turmoil. Chertok had been under fire by police union officials who criticized him as an ineffective leader, and he was under investigation by sheriff’s detectives for comments he made to a high school class about Spokane’s serial killer investigation. Chertok also has received a harsh job evaluation from City Manager Bill Pupo. Some community leaders said Chertok had been forced out unfairly.

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http://www.mayhem.net/Crime/morg9906.html

May 27, 1999Spokane Serial Killer – Spokane’s Police Chief Alan Chertok resigned following the furor resulting from an off-the-cuff remark to a high scchool class in which he said his predecessor, former chief Terry Mangan, had been identified as the suspected serial killer. Mangan, who now works for the FBI and was never seriously considered a suspect, was not amused by the comment.

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Bad Trick: the Hunt for Spokane’s Serial Killer — page 81-83 (includes photos of Chertok, Mangan, and Sterk)

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Body Count — Mangan did it (page 239)

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http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2000-12-11
Spokane Anchorman Sues Station That Fired Him

A popular Spokane, Washington anchorman has indicated he will wage an all-out battle to fight his ouster from station KHQ, charging in a complaint that management of the station conspired to “destroy” him. Seventeen-year veteran Randy Shaw was fired last month following “a claim of harassment by a co-worker, ” believed to be Shaw’s former co-anchor, Penny Daniels. As reported in Friday’s Spokane Spokesman Review, Shaw’s lawyers are demanding that the station produce all written complaints against him by station staff members, including Daniels. They are also demanding to see employee gripes “regarding Daniels and her reporting on former Spokane Police Chief Alan Chertok while she was dating him.”

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http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VA-news/VA-Pilot/issues/1996/vp960223/02230439.htm

(Newport News, Virginia) Police, however, stopped short of calling Green a serial killer. They said the pattern of the three killings does not fit a serial profile.“This one doesn’t even come close,” he (Major Alan Chertok) said.

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OP-SEC, LLD — http://www.opsecllc.com/qualifications/alan.php — Click on names of Chertok’s OPSEC colleagues below for an idea of the company former SPD police chiefs keep after they retire…

HOME | OPERATIONAL • PROTECTION • SECURITY • EDUCATION • CONSULTING

QUALIFICATIONS

KYLE HILLER KURT GOSNEY MICHAEL PEALE IKE EVANS BARRY WOODY TONY ZILAR SAM HERNANDEZ


Alan Chertok, Associate Instructor

Alan Chertok has over 31 years of law enforcement and military service. He served in a department of over 1,700 officers and retired as a captain. From there he went on to become the Chief of Police. Alan has served in as an Intelligence Officer for the United States Navy. For several years, Alan worked as an agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and distinguished himself during his work overseas. Currently he is a practicing attorney in a highly respected law firm.

Alan’s background:

Law Enforcement Training / Consulting

  • New Mexico State Police Academy
  • Metropolitan Police Academy, Washington DC
  • Prince George’s County Police Academy
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Basic Agents Course
  • Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Standards
  • Assessor, Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
  • Crisis Negotiator, Baltimore
  • US Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program
  • US Department of State, Office of Diplomatic Security, Anti-Terrorism Program

Civilian Education

  • Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University Law School
  • Fellow, J. William Fulbright in UK Police Studies. (Competitive equivalent to FBI National Academy)
  • M.A., Central Michigan University

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Police Executive Research Forum
  • Life Member, J. William Fulbright
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
  • Member, Naval Reserve Association

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Phone : 360.202.8725
email : info@opsecLLC.co

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http://pro.wsba.org/PublicView-Member.asp?Current_Tab=Public&Usr_ID=788111

WSBA Lawyer Profile

Member Name Alan Chertok WSBA Bar # 34957
Firm or Employer   Admit Date 6/11/2004
Address Confidential per WSBA bylaw.
Article XIII, Section B. 6.a. (12).
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Only active members of the Washington State Bar Association, and others as authorized by law, may practice law in Washington.

Chertok, Alan
1030 North Center Parkway Suite 201, Kennewick, WA 99336, (509) 943-6691

Lawyer name: Chertok, Alan Attorney
Address: 1030 North Center Parkway Suite 201
City, State, zip code: Kennewick, Washington, 99336
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Phone: (509)943-6691
Fax: (509)735-6470
   
Internet site: www.hvslaw.com
Email: hvslaw@hvslaw.com

 

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http://www.aircraftone.com/aircraft/accidents/20001212X19877.asp

Aircraft Incidents and Accidents

Saturday, September 4, 1999 11:30 AM PDT
SANDPOINT, IDAHO 83865
BIRD 2 AIRPORT

Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot’s improper flare. Factors include a runway that sloped uphill, and the pilot’s failure to familiarize himself with the destination airstrip prior to departure.
Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot was flying into a private strip that he had not familiarized himself with. Although he was not aware of it, the runway he was landing on sloped uphill. Because of the upslope, the pilot misjudged his flare and impacted the terrain hard enough to cause substantial damage to the aircraft.
Event Information
 
Aircraft Involved

 

 

 

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“Vulnerable Adults and the City of Spokane” — Chief Anne Kirkpatrick December 6, 2007 noon – 1:30 PM

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 1, 2007

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick will speak on “Vulnerable Adults and the City of Spokane” at the monthly meeting of VALU (Vulnerable Adults Links United). The meeting will be held on December 6, 2007 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Spokane Office of the Washington State Attorney General in the Evergreen Conference Room, 1116 W. Riverside, Spokane, Washington.

VALU (Vulnerable Adults Links United)
December 6, 2007, noon – 1:30 PM
Spokane Office of the Washington State Attorney General
The Evergreen Conference Room
1116 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA

 

The Chief’s remarks should be of interest to a wide cross-section of the Spokane citizenry. It is not clear to date that the Chief nor the Department she took command of 15 months ago is up to the task nor understands the issues involved in protecting vulnerable adults. This is another opportunity to the hear the Chief discuss an issue of concern to all of us.

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