Police Report 14-162977 Redacted

Car and Bicycle Report Finally Released

The independent police report involving a sheriff car/bicycle fatality in the valley was released.  Private investigators are calling it b.s. and it appears taxpayers can expect to pay another large settlement.
See the entire 632 page report here.

City and Police Management

The new Spokane Ombudsman Committee is unlikely to address continuing problems with city/police management.  The independent report provided enough details that professional law enforcement individuals believe the credibility of the Spokane Police Department and County Sheriff’s office have been undermined by this investigation of a car/bicycle accident on a public street.

The above also calls into question the ability and intent of the local press.  Glaring inconsistencies in a basic law enforcement matter is of no consequence, but the County Sheriff standing on a symbol of American Liberty in the imagination of militant liberals is front page news?

MFS August 2015 Update

The independent police report involving a sheriff car/bicycle fatality in the valley was released.  Private investigators are calling b.s. and it appears taxpayers can expect to pay a large settlement.

Complete 632 Page Report

The above also calls into question the ability and intent of the local press.  Glaring inconsistencies in a basic law enforcement matter is of no consequence, but the County Sheriff standing on a symbol of American Liberty in the imagination of militant liberals is front page news?

Front line Constitutionalists are the elected representatives.  They are sworn to defend the very rights which are being mocked by purveyors of fiction.  Spokane’s major press outlets routinely malign good people and have refused to even report on Tea Party events that were some of the largest political events in Spokane history.

Mike for Spokane contracted with a firm owned and run by a couple of liberals.  They were given $300 and a few quotes from the founding fathers and asked to interview people at a Spokane Tea Party event.   They produced this video documentation of Spokane area people and their opinions about the “Threats We Face.”

Citizen Oversight

The Spokane Police Ombudsman Committee has been revealed to be little more than a scam. There continues to be no independent citizen oversight of local law enforcement.  Mike for Spokane provides a proposal for a quick and inexpensive  solution to ongoing problems with the Ombudsman Committee.

 

Spokane Sanctuary City Status

Spokane Sanctuary City status came before the city council on July 13.  The city council is still considering a ballot initiative challenging this status.

Sanctuary city status has become an increasingly controversial issue across the country.  There has been proposed legislation announced at the Federal level that would block all federal funding for Sanctuary cities, which Spokane is now considered based on council action last Fall.

Mike for Spokane looks at some of the serious issues relative to sanctuary cities.  If illegal aliens do not have to follow our laws then U.S.Citizens should not have to follow the laws either.  There is no reason that tax paying citizens should have less Freedom than people who come to live in Spokane illegally.

 

 

White Wing Extremist Holiday?

 

For some reason American Exceptionalism has been referred to as a white legacy of hate and bigotry, but independence from Britain and the ensuing centuries of prosperity was never a “white thing.” Slavery was going to end with or without the Civil war, thanks primarily to Alexander Hamilton.

The North had the economic power needed to ensure victory and growing economic advancements and expansion across the new nation was making slavery increasingly a poor business proposition. Alexander Hamilton, a life long abolitionist, was most responsible for the political and economic conditions that had been driving out slavery for decades since his death.  By the time of the Civil War the majority of blacks in the United States were actually free.

The colonies at the time of the American Revolution were multi-cultural, diverse and full of Liberty minded people that built this nation and it’s culture of responsibility, duty and Freedom.

(Paul Revere rode to warn Adams & Hancock. I mistakenly say Madison in the video. ~ Mike)

 

 

 

 

 

The Grand Union

“Grand Union” or “Cambridge Flag”  was first flown over Prospect Hill, overlooking Boston in January  1776 during the Siege of Boston.  While never sanction by the Continental Army, it is widely believed to be the first flag of this nation.Grand Union Flag  

From the History of the United States by Henry William Elson:

[The British General] Gage had been ordered to arrest Adams and Hancock, who had been elected to the Second Continental Congress, and to send them to England for trial. The two patriot leaders, fearing arrest, were at Lexington in hiding. The British general discovered their hiding place, and on the night of the 18th of April 1775, sent a body of eight hundred regulars to make the arrest and, at the same time, to move on a few miles farther and destroy the military stores at Concord. Silently in the darkness the troops were rowed across the Charles River, and by midnight they were well on the way to Lexington. Every precaution for secrecy had been taken, but the vigilance of the patriots was too keen to be eluded.

Paul Revere, one of the noblest of the Sons of Liberty, stood by the river, his steed by his side, waiting for a lantern signal from the belfry of the North Church, which would inform him of the direction the troops had taken. The signal appeared, and a moment later he was galloping through the night toward Lexington. At every door, as he dashed along, he shouted the thrilling news ride  that the British were coming. Reaching Lexington, he came to the house of the Rev. Jonas Clark, where Hancock and Adams were sleeping. The door was guarded by minute- men, who warned him not to disturb the inmates with his noise. “Noise!” cried Revere, “you’ll soon have noise enough; the regulars are coming!”  Hancock, at an upper window, knew his voice and invited him in; and a few hours later, when the enemy came up, the two patriots had quietly proceeded on their way to the Congress at Philadelphia.

The news of the approaching enemy sped on to Concord, and to the surrounding towns and farmhouses; and the men arose, seized their guns, and hastened to the scene of the coming conflict. Colonel Smith, in command of the English, saw but too plainly, by the flickering lights on the hills, by the sound of bells and of signal guns, that his movements were known, and he sent back to Gage for reinforcements while he dispatched Major Pitcairn forward with six companies of infantry to secure the bridge at Concord. Pitcairn reached Lexington at sunrise, and found himself confronted by some forty minutemen under Captain John Parker.  With an oath he called upon them to disperse, but they stood as motionless as a wall, and he ordered his men to fire. The soldiers hesitated, and  Pitcairn discharged his own pistol, and thus fired the first shot of the war of the Revolution.  Again he ordered the men to fire; they now did so, and the volley laid seven of the patriots dead and ten wounded upon the village green. Parker was greatly outnumbered, and, after making a feeble resistance, ordered his men to retire. But the day’s business was only begun. The British troops hastened on to Concord and entered the town unopposed, as the minutemen, to the number of two hundred, had withdrawn to the top of the hill beyond the river, taking with them or hiding most of the cannon and stores. The regulars destroyed the little they found, cut down the liberty pole, and set fire to the courthouse. But their work came to an abrupt close. Two hundred of their number had been left to guard the North Bridge that spanned the little river near the village, and on these the patriots, now increased to four hundred, made a descent and opened fire. The firing of both sides, the river flowing between them, was brisk for some minutes and a few of each were slain. This was the first encounter after that on the greensward at Lexington some hours before.Colonel Smith now understood the peril of his position, and determined to retire. But it was already too late. The whole surrounding country was roused; the farmers and villagers swarmed to the scene, and, without a leader, without order, from every hiding place — trees, fences, thickets, and hillocks, in true Battle of Lexington- Indian fashion — they poured an incessant fire into the retreating British. The latter were not wanting in courage; they made a brave effort to retreat in order, but the retreat became a rout, and every attempt to halt and form into line was thwarted by the deadly hail of patriot bullets from every side. Many of them fell dead or dying on the road; the rout became a race with death. They had marched all the night before; the day was hot, and they were well-nigh exhausted. The whole force would have been killed or captured but for the coming of reenforcements. When they reached Lexington, they were met by Lord Percy with twelve hundred men coming to their rescue. Percy opened his ranks to admit the fugitive soldiers; and they ran in, as a hunted fox finds his den in the mountains, and fell to the ground, with their tongues hanging from their mouths in sheer exhaustion. Percy planted his cannon, and for a time held the Americans at bay; but as he began his march toward Boston they attacked him in ever increasing numbers, and the battle ceased only at nightfall when the British found shelter under the guns of the royal ships in the harbor. The British loss was 273 and the American loss 93.

Thus ended the first armed conflict of the Revolution.  That night was one of intense commotion in the vicinity of Boston. The patriots did not return to their homes; they encamped on the ground, and their numbers were rapidly augmented from every hill and valley of New England.  Israel Putnam of Connecticut left his plow in the furrow to lead a band of fellow-farmers to Cambridge; Benedict Arnold brought a company from New Haven; John Stark arrived from New Hampshire with twelve hundred men, and Nathanael Greene from Rhode Island with a thousand. Within a few days after the affair at Lexington and Concord, Boston was beset by an untrained army of sixteen thousand men.

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So began the Siege of Boston. The Grand Union Flag was first flown the following Winter on Prospect Hill overlooking Boston.  The next year sometime around July 4th 1776, the people of this new country declared its independence with one of the most famous and important documents in all of recorded history.

Hoopfest Weekend & @YoungTRaaw is heading to Florida!

Hoopfest weekend is upon us and it is going to be hot.  A quarter of a million people are expected in downtown this weekend. Stay hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke.

Mike for Spokane sends a thank you to Tyler Harvey, for showing us how it’s done!  @YoungTRaaw is headed to Florida!

#GoEags!   #GoMagic!

Independent Police oversight issues continue in Spokane.

New Sanctuary City Initiative headed for the ballot.

Mandatory Sick leave & $15.00 hour minimum wage debate.

Sheriff’s Town Hall meeting on Monday at Central Valley  6:30 to 9:00.  If you go:

1 – Printed tickets from eventbrite registration are a MUST – no ticket – no entrance.
2 – Questions for the Sheriff MUST be submitted on 3×5 cards, will be reviewed (combine frequently asked together) and read to the Sheriff.

Have a great Hoopfest weekend, stay hydrated and Have fun. ~ Mike

 

Police Oversight Irregularities

The findings from an independent investigation conducted by the law firm Winston Cashatt was released to the public last last week.  This investigation looked into the conduct of individual members of Spokane Police Ombudsman Committee and found numerous irregularities that led to Spokane’s Mayor and City Council President to call for the resignation of three committee members.   The City Council held a special meeting on Thursday last week and voted to remove the Chairman of the ombudsman committee and accepted the resignation of another committee member.  A third committee member was out of town and council voted to give this member a week to respond to allegations of impropriety.

The findings of the Winston Cashatt investigation seem to indicate that Spokane Police Ombudsman Committee has been mostly a sham and Spokane still does not have any real citizen oversight.  The committee appeared to be more interested in a highly politicized agenda and was hostile towards local law enforcement.

The process and transparency of police oversight has been a problem in Spokane for well over a decade and the events of last week reveal that our community still has serious problems in this area.

In this Mike For Spokane update, we review elements of the investigative report, problems with accessing official records and what our elected representatives can do to resolve these problems now and to restore confidence in the highly important process of police oversight.

The findings of the Spokane Ombudsman Committee investigation can be found here:  https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/news/2015/06/17/whistleblower-report-finds-commissioner-misconduct/report-to-the-city-of-spokane-whistleblower-committee-update.pdf

 

Northwest Grass Roots

Meet and learn about the NW Grassroots; A local organization where Spokane area citizens work to keep an eye on the many dealings of government at the federal, state and local levels.

 

Government Favoritism in Spokane

Spokane has a long history of government favoritism where the wealthy benefit and the poor are taxed to pay for these benefits.  It is simply government subsidies masquerading as economic revitalization at the expense of the poor and to the benefit of the politically favored.

Mike For Spokane Update for the Week of June 7th 2015

Mike for Spokane update for the week of June 14, 2015. Police oversight & national controversy involving Chairman of the Spokane Police Ombudsman Committee, Sheriff’s pending Town Hall meeting, Sanctuary City status, Mandatory Sick Leave and Sweet Public/Private deals involving tax payer funds & assets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jO58qgtteE

Mike for Spokane update for the Week of June 7tjh 2015 – Spokane Police Department Investigation & Oversight, Letter to the State regarding new taxes, Mandatory Sick Leave, Sanctuary City, Waste to Energy Plant operational irregularities, Award of Municipal Contracting and Harassment of local Day Care Providers by State Agencies.

 

Mike for Spokane to due List for June 1sth 2015

Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

Every elected representative should be taking Civil forfeiture serious, particularly in Washington State which received an F- in a recent review of abuses relating to unwarranted use of police power.

NARAL

“Ayala was never charged with a crime in relation to the cash; nonetheless, a Montana judge ruled last fall that he could not receive his money back. Ayala’s cash is just part of the $172,000 in drug forfeiture funds the Montana Highway Patrol has spent since 2013.”

“The practice of asset forfeiture is common throughout the United States. Critics call it “policing for profit.” The Washington Post reports that police have seized at least $2.5 billion since 2001 from “people who were not charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued. Police reasoned that the money was crime-related.”

 Story: http://www.westernjournalism.com/cop-took-16k-from-man-on-his-way-to-buy-tractor-parts-after-seeing-this-in-his-car/

 

How are civil forfeiture laws in your state?  Find out: http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/09/this-map-details-whether-asset-forfeitur

Ten Thousand Commandments

“It would be nice if more people took the need for smaller government, limited in its scope and authority, seriously. It is not just a matter of the need to preserve our individual liberties; the great Leviathan federal government is expensive beyond our means to support it, devours everything in its path, is inefficient and often stands in the way of real solutions, all of which is costing the economy just under 25 percent of total annual gross domestic product through all means and measures.

These costs are not insignificant. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute documents in the latest edition of its annual report ‘Ten Thousand Commandments,’ the so-called hidden tax imposed by the regulatory state has reached $1.88 trillion.”

 

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2015/05/16/the-real-cost-of-regulation-is-keeping-america-down

The Cost of Spokane Government

MFS Citizen Slide

With the largest regional population base, Spokane should easily have the area’s lowest cost of utilities and overall government on per-taxpayer basis. We pay a big premium because Spokane has become the business of government and overwhelmingly dependent on tax flows and government fiat. This has fueled a flight of opportunity away from Spokane and drives urban sprawl as people migrate away from regulatory tyranny.

As Mayor I intend to shrink the footprint of government in people’s lives and wallets while returning better value to taxpayers suffering from assaults by politicians unmoored from economic responsibilities and their sworn oath.

Left or Right?

The political left and right are subjects of endless debate, often over imagined philosophical moorings.  The real problem in politics today is Democrats and Republicans. Both parties have been leading us to tyranny and away from the Freedom and prosperity which makes our country a great nation.

It is Liberty that offers the greatest hope for your children and those yet to be born…and yes it is good for the environment too. Those that argue otherwise do not have a strong grasp of either the immutable laws of economics or the capacity of humans to control and improve their environments.

Progress on all fronts is routinely limited and degraded by a political process that undermines the values and best interest of people, culture and communities.

No left or right