Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

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

Spokane Police have pals on high — Sheriff Knezovich former union rep

Posted by Arroyoribera on January 9, 2010

Spokesman-Review

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Letters to the editor

Police have pals on high

For years we’ve heard about our local law enforcement’s disrespectful performance. It’s the citizens of the city and county at fault.

Chief Anne Kirkpatrick serves under the elected mayor and we elected Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. We ultimately end up with supervisors that represent their employees’ interests, not the public’s interest. Taxpayers will likely learn that Chief Kirkpatrick’s actions were incorrect on how she fired Officer Brad Thoma. Negligent or deliberate, we will never know, but Kirkpatrick looks good in the public’s eye while providing an avenue for Officer Thoma to benefit as others have in the past.

Sheriff Knezovich was the former union representative for the sheriff’s union. He defended co-workers’ ridiculous actions from discipline. Then we elect him the top supervisor.

We need to realize why the union that represents the Spokane County sheriff’s deputies supports Sheriff Knezovich for re-election. They know where their meal ticket is.

The voters need to wake up and control these repeat actions before Chief Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Knezovich suggest that all Spokane city and county law enforcement cars have ignition interlock devices as standard equipment. In November 2010, help clean up our local law enforcement.

Allan Margitan
Nine Mile Falls

Source: http://www.spokesmanreview.com/opinion/letter.asp?ID=21445

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