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Who killed Pastor Scott?

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 3, 2010

Question: Who killed Pastor W. Scott Creech in the parking lot of his business in the Spokane Valley on August 25, 2010?

Answer: One of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s deputies, Brian Hirzel, who was allowed to go on vacation immediately after the killing and before being interviewed about the events. And, of course, the Sheriff’s finest is being interviewed by the Spokane Police Department’s finest so we all know that true justice is just around the corner.

More important perhaps is the need for a thorough going look at our law enforcement and just exactly why they conduct themselves in the ways they do. What is their mentality? What is their training? Why is everyone from a 74-year-old pastor to a pre-teen girl at risk of death, maiming or abuse in any encounter with these individuals?

Let’s start by looking at this photo:

(Photo from Spokane County Sheriff website)i

(photo from Spokane County Sheriff’s website — August 8, 2007)

Do you really want these guys prowling your parking lot or manhandling your daughter if she has a bit too much to drink on high school graduation night?

There are a few other photos at the link below.


And here is a history (admittedly incomplete) of Spokane area law enforcement abuses — https://spokanepoliceabuses.wordpress.com/abuse-laying-out-the-case/

Next to his smiling photo on the Spokane County Sheriff’s website, Knezovich published these increasingly absurd words:

(quote) Your Spokane County Sheriff’s Office consistently invests available resources toward community-wide safety and security, economic viability and the positive, nationwide reputation of our County.

We do so by providing a highly-trained, dedicated team of professionals, working in partnership with our community, through utilizing their unique talents and skills in conjunction with new technology and research based criminal justice training. (end quote)

For Pastor Scott, like so many others in the Spokane County area, there is neither safety nor security nor justice. Clearly, the technology is of little positive use, the research and the mentality it spawns are flawed, and the leadership is on the wrong side of the line that divides our community from those who would bring death, terror and sorrow to our families and neighborhoods.

And as for “the positive, nationwide reputation of our County” to which Sheriff Knezovich refers, one can only ask with all due respect, “What has Ozzie been smoking?”

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Just exactly who is Anne Kirkpatrick? Annie Got Her Gun now tries to get out of town

Posted by Arroyoribera on July 4, 2010

[Note by author: For readers who may consider the words that follow in this post to be harsh and unfair, consider that even the elegant, upscale Spokane Couer d’Alene Living Magazine, in the Lilacs and Lemons section of its March 2010 issue, gave Chief Kirkpatrick a lemon and reprimanded her, saying basically that if she is so busy making plans to leave Spokane in the midst of such a crucial period in city and police history, she should darn well hurry up and get the heck out of Dodge, I mean Spokaloo.]

Listening to a recent KYRS Thin Air Community Radio morning news piece by Don Gronning (6/22/10 podcast), one is struck by the most recent persona of the always strutting, full-of-attitude Anne Kirkpatrick. The sassy southern gal, who arrived in Spokane nearly four years ago with her slick little one-girl show from the south, replete with meaningless but media-savvy slogans like “You lie, you die” and a repertoire of song and dance (literally) at the ready for any and all occasions, apparently has at least one more routine up her sleeve as she — like a teenager graduating from high school — desperately seeks a way out of Spokaloo.

So what is that persona? A new and improved Chief Anne Kirkpatrick who, despite previous statements to the contrary, appears to be headed out of town.

And naked. Well, not naked exactly but definitely devoid of her long characteristic Southern accent. (Seriously, listen to Gronning’s 6/22/10 podcast.) Besides, in the south — like Abilene and Shreveport where I used to live, or Memphis, Tennessee where Anne was born and raised — we say “neck-id”.

Apparently the “Ya’ll come back now, here?” phony southern drawl worked as part of the dog and pony show the chief put on to get us Okies in Spokaloo to hire her as chief under a previous mayor and city council. But it appears she decided that it wasn’t going to make her any friends or influence any people in the sophisticated environment of Seattle. So she is suddenly accentless, a sophisticated and independent woman, itinerant again and forced to strike out on her own. Maybe she should take Doug Clark’s advice and take her bopping and jiving back to Memphis. Or how about Mabton, Washington, population 1891.

All of this after a long string of that bad luck: 1) the Guild stabbed her in the back, 2) she still can’t shake Tony Bamonte off that same back, 3) Councilman Jon Snyder could not get his slip-shod, loop-hole filled version of the Ombudsman Ordinance passed in 30 minutes as he proposed he could in the wee hours of the morning of June 22, 2010, after over-whelming public testimony in favor of a more tightly-written, forceful ordinance to move a blatantly out-of-control police force closer to effective citizen oversight and control, 4) the Grand Jury and FBI noose tightened around the necks of her lying officers and administrators, 5) Ombudsman Tim Burns himself finally stood up and said, “Hell yeah, I’ll take some of that independent oversight”, and 6) the people of Spokane, who had made common cause with many a citizen abused or murdered by the police, and in the process made themselves heard over and over and over again for years, combined a powerful community coalition with public participation and turnout that would not succumb to old fashion tactics of “bait and switch” in the writing of legislation nor to agenda-stacking designed to run out the clock on democratic participation.

Unfortunate for Anne, even after giving it that old Tennessee try in the open competitive portion of the Seattle hiring process and after a private “perhaps I still got that old charm” approach via e-mail to Seattle’s Mayor, Seattle didn’t buy the song and dance.

Besides, can you imagine this “Chief” — who okayed tasering Josh Levy off the Monroe Street Bridge to his death yet in Gronning’s podcast defends tasers like a shameless East Sprague used car saleswoman — dealing with the sorts of complicated human dramas and dilemmas that a Seattle would present her? Or how about having Chief Kirkpatrick in charge of the sophisticated political and social environment of one of the most dynamic and liberal cities in the U.S., the same Chief Kirkpatrick whose boys and girls in blue botched every aspect (from initial provocation to evidence suppression) of the July 4, 2007 police riot in Riverfront Park — being in charge of a police department in a world class city like Seattle? Can you imagine how much worse the 1999 WTO police repression would have been or what she would do with officers punching teenaged girls in the face or kicking and stomping an innocent immigrant?

Gigs up, Lil’ Annie…

(Come to think of it, maybe the gig is not up after all. As I understand it, former Spokane Police Internal Affairs official Jim Faddis is looking for a spoons player for his jugband, the Prairie Flyers. Some will recall that Faddis and the notorious officer Dan Torok used pseudonyms while blogging at Frank Sennett’s Spokesman-Review Hard 7 blog in the summer of 2007. Faddis, under the pseudonym of Kevin, along with Torok and others SPD plants defended the SPD at the height of public outrage over the Firehouse Sex Scandal, the 4th of July “near police riot”, the arrests of protestors Dan Treecraft and Rebecca Lamb, and the killings of Otto Zehm, Jerome Alford and Eagle Michael, as well as the non-fatal shootings of Shonto Pete and Sean Fitzpatrick, not to mention controversial incidents involving SPD officers John Elam, Jonothan Smith, David Freitag, and Jay Mehring. The killings of Otto Zehm and Jerome Alford involved Torok and Faddis’s department was involved in investigating most of the other incidents. The chief would no doubt be a fine addition to Faddis’s band. Come to think of it, if someone could teach Spokane county prosecutor Steve Tucker to play a washboard and city attorney Rocky Trepieddi to play the cowbell…

[See also Educating the Chief – It’s Spokane, not Spokaloo]


[Excerpt below from The Seattle Times article Biographies of the 11 SPD chief candidates: Here are short biographies on the semifinalists for Seattle police chief

Anne Kirkpatrick

Chief of police, Spokane

Anne Kirkpatrick, 50, who previously served as police chief in Ellensburg and Federal Way before joining the Spokane department in 2006, has carved out a reputation as a no-nonsense chief and strong believer in community outreach. She announced her intention to seek the Seattle job in February when she told Spokane officials she had applied for the position.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Kirkpatrick applied last year to be San Francisco’s police chief but downplayed her action by saying that as a woman leading a large department she is often recruited. The job went to another candidate.

The Spokesman-Review reported that, while support for Kirkpatrick has been mixed on the police force, she enjoys broad support from city leaders, who credit her with making officers more accountable and improving ties to the community.

In April, union leaders representing the Spokane Police Department’s officers said a majority of the Spokane Police Guild’s 268 members voted no-confidence in the “office” of the police chief, but didn’t disclose the vote tally, The Spokesman-Review reported.

But the department’s lieutenants and captains gave her a vote of approval after learning of the union’s vote.

The following excerpt from a Spokesman-Review article at the time of Spokane’s search for a new chief reported on the Chief’s 5 “Cardinal Rules” which apparently after the hanky-panky of the Jason Uberagua case and the police lying in the Zehm case must have referred to the Memphis Redbirds, the minor league affilitate of the St. Louis Cardinals —

She landed at Green River Community College, teaching criminal justice for two years. Then a retiring Ellensburg police chief called and asked her if she’d apply for his job.

“God’s timing and God’s hand involved,” Kirkpatrick says of the surprise call. “And I’m glad, because I have to admit I wanted to go back.”

Soon, she was running a 30-member department. And that’s where she launched her five cardinal rules.

“They’re character-based,” she said of the rules. “People are going to make mistakes. But character-based mistakes are not tolerable.”

The rules: No harassing, bullying or discriminatory language, “including zero tolerance of male white-bashing.” No lying. No abuse of authority. No insubordination. And nothing that causes lack of trust in the department, such as sex on duty or failing to take a rape report.

One former officer and her attorney, however, contend Kirkpatrick applies those rules unevenly.

Former Federal Way officer Jessica Nelson was fired for what Kirkpatrick concluded was insubordination and lying about misuse of a department computer. Nelson maintains that it was a miscommunication – and that other officers were lightly disciplined for far worse offenses.

Nelson’s Portland attorney, Beth Allen, said that officers were suspended for a few days, “if that,” for allegedly sexually harassing other officers, discharging a firearm in the station and having a detainee escape from a police car.

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Stop it, Stop it, You’re Killin’ Me!

Posted by Arroyoribera on August 6, 2007

Well, yes, and perhaps in more ways than we’d like to think.

Virtually everyone in Spokane has complained or heard someone complain about the difficulty in getting a Spokane Police officer to show up to investigate a crime.

Here is the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Report indicating that the “Spokane police declined to investigate” the theft of a device containing Cesium, Americium and Beryllium from the Flour Mill parking lot on 11/17/2005. The radioactive Cesium-137 is contained on an extendable rod and the Americium-241 is encased inside the device. A padlock is normally used to secure the Cesium-137 source in its shielded position when not in use.

Flour Mill Headquarters of USKH, Inc. in Spokane, Washington

Let’s see. Declined to investigate the theft of radioactive materials but volunteered to “rescue” a suicidal man from a bridge.

Wonder if the Spokane Police Department called in the terrorism boys from the FBI on this one or just told the USKH, Inc. Radiation Safety Officer not to worry since we are all Hanford downwinders here in Spokane anyways. Knowing the SPD, my guess is it was the latter.

As of now I am unable to find any follow-up reporting on this incident. So if you happen to find a Troxler, Model 3411B, moisture density gauge, Serial Number 5541, please call, well, please call, uhm, please call, well I’ll be damned, please call, oh what the heck…

Please contact Spokane’s award winning local investigative and environmental reporter, Karen Dorn Steele * at the Spokesman-Review.

[* Karen Dorn Steele is an investigative and environmental reporter for The Spokesman-Review. She has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the George Polk Award and the Gerald Loeb Award for “Wasteland,” a 1994 investigation into squandered taxpayer money at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest nuclear waste cleanup site. Her stories on Judge McDonald’s judicial misconduct won a citation for excellence in legal reporting from the 22,000-member Washington State Bar Association. (1)]


US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Report

General Information or Other Event Number: 42154
Licensee: USKH, INC.
Region: 4
City: SPOKANE State: WA
License #: WN-I0409-1
Agreement: Y
Notification Date: 11/18/2005
Notification Time: 19:53 [ET]
Event Date: 11/17/2005
Event Time: 17:45 [PST]
Last Update Date: 11/18/2005


The following information was received via email:

“Event Report # WA-05-062

“This is notification of an event in Washington State as reported to or investigated by the WA Department of Health, Office of Radiation Protection.

“STATUS: new

“Licensee: USKH, Inc.
“City and state: Spokane, Washington
“License number: WN-I0409-1
“Type of license: Portable Gauge

“Date of event: 17 November 2005, Called in 5:45 PM.
“Location of Event: Spokane, Washington
“ABSTRACT: The license’s Radiation Safety Officer reported that sometime between 2 and 5 PM a Troxler, Model 3411B, moisture density gauge, Serial Number 5541, was stolen out of the operator’s transport vehicle parked in a Diamond Parking lot adjacent to the ‘Flour Mill’ where the company’s offices are located at 621 W. Mallon Avenue, Suite 309, Spokane, Washington. A police report was filed on 17 November 2005 but Spokane police declined to investigate the scene.

“Bolt cutters were used to liberate the gauge/transport box from 2 separate chains with a padlock on each attaching the box to the rear of the operator’s pick-up truck. The parking lot (of over 75 vehicles) has an attendant who did not observe the theft.

“The operator appears to have violated at least one DOH requirement that may have contributed to the theft to the device. Department of Health Order, dated 2 December 2002, requires that when the licensee’s portable gauge is not physically under the control of the operator that the device must be covered or carried in such a way that the passer-by cannot see the device.

“Another potential contributing factor to the theft, is that the operator was planning on transporting the gauge to his residence to recharge and take it to the work site the next morning because the work site was halfway between the operator’s residence and the primary storage location. Preliminary information indicates that the work site is within 50 miles of the primary storage location. This is still under investigation. The licensee will be cited for at least one violation as a result of the event, and corrective actions will be discussed with the licensee.

“The event is currently under investigation. This report will be updated to include any new findings. No media attention noted at present.

“What is the notification or reporting criteria involved? WAC 246-221-240 Reports of stolen, lost or missing radiation sources

“Activity and Isotope(s) involved: 296 megaBq (8 millicuries) Cesium-137 and 1480 megaBq (40 millicuries) Americium 241/Beryllium.

“Overexposures? (number of workers/members of the public; dose estimate; body part receiving dose; consequence) N/A

“Lost, Stolen or Damaged? STOLEN (mfg., model, serial number) noted above

“Disposition/recovery: pending

“Leak test? Unknown

“Vehicle: (description; placards; Shipper; package type; Pkg. ID number) pick-up truck with no cap

“Release of activity? N/A

“Activity and pharmaceutical compound intended: N/A
“Misadministered activity and/or compound received: N/A
“Device (HDR, etc.) Mfg., Model; computer program: N/A
“Exposure (intended/actual); consequences: N/A
“Was patient or responsible relative notified? N/A
“Was written report provided? Pending
“Was referring physician notified? N/A

“Consultant used? N/A”

Sources that are “Less than IAEA Category 3 sources,” are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly – although it is unlikely – temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks.

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