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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — The abrupt resignation of police Chief Mark Lockwood is trailing a wake of tight-lipped city officials, denied public records requests and an undisturbed pachyderm in the room.

Lockwood’s retirement follows weeks of rumblings that he was on thin ice with members of the City Council and against a backdrop of expected litigation over an unconstitutional arrest, high turnover in the department and long-standing perceptions that his department is an oppressive force in the community.

Lockwood insists his retirement is not tied to any of those matters, although he concedes he grew weary of the politics of the post.

“I’m tired of the fight, of the constant back and forth,” he said.

For its part, the City Council is saying nothing. Current and former council members either decline to discuss the matter of Lockwood’s retirement on the record or didn’t respond to requests for comment.

But some cite the exodus of four well-regarded and experienced officers as a factor in the turn of events. At least two of the officers submitted letters of resignation which alleged mismanagement and cronyism, and took steps to make sure the council received the letters.

The city rejected a public records request for the letters of resignation by claiming they were exempt from disclosure because the correspondence involved “personnel” matters. The city said Lockwood didn’t submit a letter of resignation because he retired rather than resigned.

The arrest of a Sandpoint woman last year for invoking her right to remain silent in a stalking investigation is currently creating problems for the city. Rita Hutchens, 56, was forcibly taken to the ground and arrested on her own property for obstruction of justice when she declined to speak with an officer who followed her to her house.

Hutchens’ defense counsel moved for the case to be dismissed, arguing that the invocation of a fundamental civil right does not constitute the crime of resisting or obstructing a law officer. Bonner County Magistrate Court Judge Barbara Buchanan agreed and the case was thrown out of court prior to trial, court records indicate.

Hutchens, city records show, subsequently filed a $250,000 claim for damages from the city over her unlawful arrest. The claim was not honored by the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, clearing the way for Hutchens to pursue damages in 1st District Court.

The messages posted online and upon brick and mortar are also difficult to ignore. The department is denounced on websites and social networking sites, and unflattering fliers are turning up around town.

A flier posted on a Main Street business declares that Sandpoint is a “Blue Light Community.”

“Sandpoint Vacation Leave on Probation,” reads the copy on the flier, which features a silhouette of a police officer clubbing a person with a truncheon.

But Lockwood shrugs off the various veins of criticism.

“It could be disgruntled employees, angry residents, former council people — just about anyone,” he said. “I’ve never lived anywhere where there was so much grapevine as here.”

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  • GetReal posted at 4:18 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    GetReal Posts: 15

    “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
    ― Carl Sagan

     
  • Queenie posted at 2:50 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Luv 83864

    I agree. When I grew up just outside of NYC my parents taught me that i could always go to a police officer if I ever felt unsafe or threatened. We do not teach our children that any more. When I was a teenager, a police officer who caught us smoking cigaretts would bring us home to our parents. They put kids through the criminal system for that here. It is all about pleas bargining in the hall of the courthouse.

    I did grow up in NY and i have been in Sandpoint for 35 years. I have never been afraid to walk anywhere at night by my self. I am now. I never used to lock my house in town. I do now. I have never been assualted by a criminal just a police officer. I did not do anything wrong to cause these fears. These fears are not associated with my tort claim. These fears came the day I was violated.

    This had been going on for over 1-1/2 years well before any of it came out in the paper. I have been damaged by unlawful actions of a few in more ways than one. It has damaged my ability to trust those that I grew up counting on to protect me. This is not a good or easy place to be.

     
  • Queenie posted at 1:37 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Luv 83864
    Tony Riffel was not an officer in my arrest. Tony Riffel recently tried to get me into his juristiction [Bonner County Sherriffs Office and out of The City of Sandpoint] so he could arrest me for allededly throwing a pen.
    Have you ever been told by the Sherriffs office when you call regarding an issue in The City that it is not their juristiction?
    Maybe you have an answer to these questions.
    Do you know if it is ths polilcy of the Sherriffs Department when a detective calls an alleged suspect to identify himself without the caller having to ask?
    Would it be normal for the detective to identify himself by first name only without any identification regarding the Sherriffs Department?
    Would it be normal for the person recieving the call to ask what the callers second name is?
    Would that be a good oppurtinity for the caller to give his whole name and identify himself as a detective from the Sherriffs Department and the purpose of the call?
    Would it be normal to instead of stating the purpose of the call to threaten you in this phone conversation after he has not clearly identified himself, after you have been sent a citation in the mail that if you did not show up in court he was going to get a warrant for your arrest?
    Would it be normal for this detective to warn you not to call the Sherriffs Office again?
    Would it be normal to send a citation in the mail that was not registered or certified?
    How would one know that the person recieving it got it?
    Would it be normal for a City worker to call a bonner county detective for being battered by a thrown pen if the alleged battery took place at the City Hall?
    Would it be normal to send a citation in the mail 8 days after it was written?
    Does a citation you received in the mail regarding a pen throwing that happened in The City of Sandpoint City Hall with a Bonner County Detective's signiature on it and from the Ponderay City Prosecutor seem credible?
    Would it seem less credible if it was followed up by a phone call from the detective telling you not to call the jail again?
    Would it seem like harassment to you?

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 1:33 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    For people to speak up is almost damning themselves guilty of something in the minds of certain people. I belief many people do not have the ability financial or even educated on what violations or over stepping power is. This makes people very susceptible to it and let's people get away with it which it turns keeps the unacceptable actions to continue. To speak up is hard, it is hard to brqining things of the past that we're painful, stressful and behind us.
    Their have been many articles for some kind of reconstruction of the approach have and many of them have great ideas. So far, I haven seen a policemen out there making friends with local business owners, people at the park or anywhere. The approach is often looked at as threatening. This is not how it is in many other small towns I have been. Police were the fist ones to wave at a passerby, say hello and show acts of kindness. I am sure some police are in fear because of the reputation of SPD. However they are the ones that can Change this. Even the parking ticket authority that I've seen daily for 2 years, doesn't waive and hasn't had more then a few sentences conversation. It's a small town and i would want a small town mantality.

     
  • Queenie posted at 1:09 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Luv83864 Thanks for watching the How to make a movement video. It is hilarious. A good bit of humor is always needed.

     
  • Queenie posted at 1:07 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    WHine whine whine: Perhaps our Pollice department should not try and outwit things they do not know about. They hold guns and handcuffs and can throw us in jail by their attempted outwitting. When they try and outwit they violate our Rights.

    So you must agree that you think it is okay to have your Fourth and Fifth amendment rights violated and that you think the person who was violated should go to jail for those that were trying to outwit them when they are unsuccessful in their outwitting. Seems a bit backward but we are all entitled to our opinions.

    How about when that detective calls you and tells you not to call the Sheriffs Office again...WHen you have only called once to clarify the descrepancies on your citation. hmmmmmmm makes one wonder why that detective does not want you to call the sherriffs office. And yes I called the Office of the prosecutor. The Ponderay City prosecutor has no juristiction in the City of Sandpoint. Neither does a Bonner County detective unless it is a Felony. Alleged Pen throwing is not considered a Felony. Don't you wonder why the Sandpolnt Police did not arrest me for throwing a pen. They have the power. Maybe you should ask. They had the chance.

    Can you give me any clues why you would want to live in a world where you should go to jail for someone else who had done harm to you by unlawful actions? Can you tell me why you would want to live in a world where speaking the truth about the wrongs that are being done should send someone to jail? Can you give me any facts why you t hink they should put my ass in jail?

     
  • HoodooMan posted at 11:54 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    HoodooMan Posts: 15

    @Bobbychan: "Queenie...yes, you're the only one out there. After reading all your previous posts concerning the police travails, I hope they lock your insufferable butt in jail and throw away the key."

    Queenie is not the only one out there in Bonner County, and there is a police force and court system here perfectly capable of implementing Bobbychan's hopes.

     
  • HoodooMan posted at 11:51 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    HoodooMan Posts: 15

    @Queenie: I understand that there was an issue of a young woman on your property who had warrants out for her arrest and the police were protecting her and helping her stay. In many cases, arrest warrants are associated with drugs, and I have very good detailed information about law enforcement in Bonner County protecting another young woman connected with drugs. Could you provide information on what the issue was on your property?

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 10:12 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Never mind you already know that. I am not sure the exact corilation between the two events though.

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 10:04 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Quennie is either Hutchens or someone who knows everything and speaks for her. The above article and her name is mentioned a few times.

     
  • whinewhinewhine posted at 7:52 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    whinewhinewhine Posts: 80

    What's this have to do with Lockwood's "retirement" anyways?

     
  • whinewhinewhine posted at 7:50 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    whinewhinewhine Posts: 80

    It's all a conspiracy to mess with Queenie!!!!!! Hahaha. A citation isn't alleged, it either exists or it doesn't. If an alleged incident occurred at the city offices would it be fair to have the city (the "alleged" victim) investigate and prosecute it? You don't understand jurisdiction or the court system. But it sounds like if you continue your approach then you may get to understand it more. Maybe you should not try and outwit things you don't understand. It makes you look stupid. If you feel wronged, I get it. We all do things that have consequences that we don't agree with. Just because a Detective gives you a citation instead of arrest you even though he can doesn't really give you much of an argument.

    Maybe I'm wrong. Queenie is probably right. It's all a conspiracy. Let's all rally to fight for Queenie to be able to go to City Hall and "allegedly" throw a pen. That City Worker doesn't have the right to feel harassed or intimidated by Queenie's actions. Who's in with me?!?!?!?!?!?!

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 6:39 pm on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Haha. I see what you mean now. Hilarious and sad but true.

     
  • Queenie posted at 4:19 pm on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    luv83864 Did you watch the video.

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 3:57 pm on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Personally the word followers bothers me but what is the movement for! Goals? Awareness?

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 11:40 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Wow. Yes I can say I have heard of of Tony Riffel. Was he one of the offices that responded to your oringinal call? Some officers decions while on duty over many years have resulted in giving there whole team(s) questionable work ethics and procedures. People should be treated equal, if they have a past ok, but people can and do change. I know the police and Sherrif do stand up work, and good deeds as well. I think as all humans, they too will make mistakes. They too have vulnerabilities that make them more "emotional" mind then "wise" mind. As an officer emotion should be left out, although it can be hard. Certain times of vulnerability may be if the officer is hungry, overworked, upset with co-workers, or stressed at home. This all make people pre-acceptable to getting angry quicker, shorter tempers, less "wise" mind and more "emotional" mind. I feel mistakes mostly happen in "emotional" mind. A vulnerability for a person getting pulled over, would be their past record, do they know this officers, whom they are with, what they are driving,mtheir appearance even at times. Some of those should not matter but they do. Mistakes become questionable practice when they are repeated and have not learned from their prior mistakes. As for Tony Riffel I can say I have heard both sides. I have heard of of an incident of pulling someone over for no mud flaps, I have heard people getting pulled over for "barely" speeding, one rather questionable stop was right near the long bridge. If my memory is correct he has served for many years, if we were to compare apples, I think he would have more in his good apple basket. Is this right, no but has he learned from mistakes. I hope so.. Was there dangerous weather conditions on roads so he felt the 5-7mph leeway wasn't safe, maybe? I don't know. Was it i his job to serve you papers? I once hired an officer/Sheriif to serve papers? I am not referring g to your situation in particular and something may smell foul, I don't know. I am just saying you're now vulnerable, and the officers may have some "emotional" mind stuff going on when they encounter you. I wouldn't be surprised if if you too had "emotional" mind after all you have been through. Balancing "emotional" mind and "wise" mind serves well but sometimes is nearly impossible. I feel on duty officers should use "wise" mind and once they feel "emotional" mind taking over, step back and reaccess. Just IMO
    When I have a negative experience somewhere I tell three times as many people about it. Im more in emotional mind immediately. I've tried to support Big 5 for example four times and three of the times I had negative experiences with a worker there. The help ihas not proven to be knowledgeable or readily available. Often times they haven't had the items in there sale flyers. For me, this is a disappointment, I spent over $260 there in three different times in July for birthdays. I have since then told many of my friends and family about my experiences there, I will not be going back for sometime. My emotional mind is heated and set off before I even enter the store. I now recognize the service lacked proper etiquette and knowledge, the manager was making excuses for his employee. They received freight that day and if it isn't out a certain time, it's all on his back. Upper management is very strict on that, so there's a lot of pressure, not a lot of time." That is what I was told when I told him about how displeased I was after repeated visits. Everone working there was so busy putting freight away they couldnt answer questions I had telling me "i could read the boxes." I was flabbergasted, as if I didn't read the boxes. This negative experience made me per-acceptable to getting annoyed with Big 5, since ethen I have talked to other moms that have had negative experiences. Negative experiences have much larger impacts then just one person no matter the situation.

     
  • Queenie posted at 7:50 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Does any one know of a Detective named Tony Riffel. He sent me an "alleged citation" and summons request to appear for a "criminal complaint'. The complaint was from a City worker in Sandpoint.. The City worker is apparently accusing me of Battery for throwing a pen on an Office Desk. Don;t remember that. Hmmmmm. I do remember being completely obstructed from speaking with the Clerk by The City Attorney. We all know they have a problem believing the Public information belongs to us.

    The dates on the "alleged" Citation are confusing. It is dated on Aug. 8. I had not been to the City that week. It was sent on Aug. 16th the day after The City Attorney and mayor would not let me speak at the CC meeting. It is questionable what the date actually is. It could have been construed by this detective acting out of juristiction.

    The Citation came with a summons request and was sent regular mail unsigned from a Tony Riffel from the Bonner County sherrif but had the Ponderay County Prosecutors title on the bottom. The Ponderay Prosecutor does not have juristiction for crimes commited in Sandpoint. There were no names on the document other than a clerks unreadable signiature. If I have committed a crime why doesn't the City arrest me....they have the power I was at City Hall on the 15th. Is this another attempt at dragging an innocent citizen through the criminal system to manage risk. Why is dectective Riffel claiming juristictio?. Could they be trying to make me look bad? Could they be trying to avoid a possible frivilous prosecution or malicios prosecution? Could this have to do with my Tort claim.

    Tony Riffel is a nasty man. He called me to threaten me that if I did not show up in court he could not wait to arrest me. Then he informed me that I was not to call the Sherriff office again. Hmmmmmmm. I suspect because he is acting out of juristiction and is completely harrassing me without the knowledge of the Sherriff. WONDER WHO PUT HIM UP TO THAT. WONDER WHO PUT THE CITY OFFICE WORKER UP TO A BATTERY CHARGE FOR THROWING A PEN. WONDER IF THE CITY WORKER KNOWS ABOUT THEIR NAME ON THIS COMPLAINT. The City Attorney has crossed the line in his attempts to Obstruct me. This is pure harrassment, intimidation and should not be allowed in our City. It will only serve to prove my point. If you support me now is the time to step forward. The people who have this little regard for my life and freedoms will not have any more for yours. They have done damage to me with their policies. It could be you next. Write your City Council and Mayor. Send your letters to the editor. Ask those questions. Am I the only one out here!

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 9:58 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Old Cop. I have been married happily for twelve years, and my parents will be celebrating their 50th next month. What does that have to do with anything?

    When I get the chance, I will ask my dad for details of the deer poacher. Hollywood was hard to forget. His name is Don Larsen. He could best be described as "greasy". Picture a taller, leaner Bill Clinton, with a tan.

    Another officer that lived across the street from us when I was a kid was a falling down drunk, that rarely washed his uniform, and almost never polished his shoes or brass. But he was a good golfer and knew how to schmooze. He made it to Captain. Morale around him was low. The officers under his command didn't trust him, but those above him thought he was wonderful because he played the game. Could he be considered a bad apple?

    If you are relying on Google for your fact checking, like I said before, knock yourself out.

    This argument is tired. You will never be convinced. Your mind is made up that I don't know anything about the subject. I've done what I can. I'm just a humble civilian with a good memory.

     
  • TIGGLE TIME posted at 7:47 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    TIGGLE TIME Posts: 2

    Queenie. Ha... idaho laws?? What a joke. Who needs rules and laws? All we need is our freedoms. Of course.. the organization and lack of anarchy is kind of nice. Let us know when you plan on picketing. Power to the people!

     
  • Queenie posted at 7:25 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Luv83864 here is something you don't have to download

    City Prosecutors Closing Arguments for dismissal hearing for Obstructing an Officer Charge

    “The only thing I just would say is that from the video you can hear that there is no…….Miss Hutchens doesn’t allow for any investigation in this before she decides to leave and refuses to answer. [Should this be of concern to all of us? This is the Right to Remain Silent that she is reinterpreting.]

    I mean an officer on a detention has to be able to have some inquiry some discussion without the person saying I am not going to do anything and turn around and walk away. [Is this the prosecutors interpretation of the law? Does a lawyer have this jurisdiction?]

    I mean…you….That is not how an investigation goes

    I mean at some point maybe there would have been a point where she was refusing to say anything that is was not going to happen, blah, blah, blah. [blah blah blah in a closing argument for the right to make someone a criminal?]

    But there was not even an opportunity for the Officer to have a discussion before she refused and walked away and refused to remain where the officer was requesting her to remain and I think that the officer has…was seriously um…..[Is she missing that this is the right to remain silent?]

    From the Totality of everything she knew, was investigating a harassment, a possible stalking, had the right to be there had the right to question…um…..

    I am not saying the defendant had to…..you know…..make confessions or statements but I think that there……this type of law [What is she saying? This is a closing argument for a chance to make me a criminal? Does it seem as if the prosecutor does not realize the Right to Remain Silent is a Right and not a law?] gives the officer at least a few minutes to have an investigation before it turns south [Is this a legal term?]where….you know…..the person can walk away and change and terminate at their desire the conversation especially when there is a lawful detention.” [there was also not even a lawful detention in my case]

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 6:00 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Queenie- I would love to listen to those links however I think my Apple (Mac) IPad, will not plow me to listen to the links provided. If I'm a public computer I will listen. I look forward to your site being announced.

     
  • Old Cop posted at 6:43 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    @Corey:
    Let's get things straight Corey. You mentioned knowing several police officers that were rotten apples. The meaning of rotten apple pertains to the danger of spreading decay throughout the barrel. I maintain that rotten apples are very rare although granting that some officers may lack a desirable quality. I expressed doubts that you have known rotten apples. You mentioned knowing an officer caught poaching deer then trying to elude the police. I caught myself wondering what the chances were to know a poaching police officer. Using every tool I know with Google I could only find three instances in the last five years. That's pretty damned rare since in the same time period there have been several multimillion dollar lottery winners. I don't any of them. How many do you know?
    I consider that rare indeed and I believe I've proved a point. I frequently heard guys saying things about my old coworker (Dandy Don) as you said about this guy called Hollywood. Dandy Don didn't deserve to get a bum rap from jealous delinquents. Wanting to look presentable didn't keep him from being a good cop. I maintain that if Hollywood's fellow officers gave him that nickname they must have liked him. I'm a monogamist Corey, married to the same lady for nearly 60 years now. I never cheated on her even once but I certainly had opportunities. A number of ladies(?) will offer payment in services for an officer to overlook a traffic violation. I only suspected one officer of ever taking advantage of such offers and I admittedly had very little evidence to support my suspicion. It wasn't Dandy Don either.

     
  • Queenie posted at 6:30 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379


    Links to Arrest tape
    Arrest tape is a large file that will take about 1/2 hour to download depending on your speed.

    https://sendnow.acrobat.com/Receive.aspx?i=F5JrmR-pgpNrCfBwjpF4sg

    Link to Courtroom tape and text transcriptions of my case etc. .Picture of my injury.

    https://sendnow.acrobat.com/Receive.aspx?i=JtZKEvBCtQ1QjTErglsEHg

     
  • Queenie posted at 6:21 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Thanks Tiggle Time. I need for the people who support me to come out of the woodwork. When you look at the facts of Our Idaho Laws I do not have lawyers lining up to take my case. Our Officials are living under a veil of protection by State statutes. THey think it is okay to treat peoplel this way because they have qualified immunity. This is what I have learned. That is why I am currently acting on my own.

    My Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights were violated. I was assaulted and injured. I was arrested taken to jail, I had my name in the paper amongst other violations. Then they tried to make me a criminal. Then the same person who could not prosecute me is the same person who handled my civil claim..
    Because I do not have a lawyer I have discovered many things about our City that need to be addressed before we can claim to have any real freedom. My case is just a catalyst to bring out what is really going on.
    I have been very patient for 1-1/2 years and finally decide come foward and speak some facts regarding my case at The City Council meeting last night. What has gone on in my case directly affects the new budget they want to pass. And the Mayor and City Attorney accuse me of being derogatory for speaking the truth about them. After having all of my other rights violated now they think I do not have a right to free speech.

     
  • TIGGLE TIME posted at 12:35 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    TIGGLE TIME Posts: 2

    Queenie.. oh my. You are so right. What law firm is representing you? I would imagine that law offices are lining up to bring your case forward. You should get a permit from the city and stand at first and pine with a megaphone, shouting your case to the people!

     
  • casualobserver posted at 11:55 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    casualobserver Posts: 7

    @Corey (post of 08-15 at 924AM) Will you please explain to me how these two subjects are somehow connected to each other??

     
  • L Wallace posted at 10:35 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    L Wallace Posts: 1369

    NEWS ALERT – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
    This is just a bit off subject but there is discussion between Reddawn and myself that could result in my leaving this opinion site. See the last half of Reddawn’s 3:17 pm and 7:52 pm posts and my 8:26 reply, (Wed Aug 15) located below the local news story of “Local Option Tax added to November ballot”.

    I need the help of all posters of all political persuasions to weigh in on whether I should continue to post or stop for the good of the food bank financial support.

    Reddawn is threatening to affect the food bank financing by politicization unless I be "silent".

    I am willing to give up my constitutional rights for the good of the food bank. What say you?

     
  • Queenie posted at 9:57 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    City council cut me off tonight and would not let me speak the truth. Funny how they consider the truth about themselve derogatory.

     
  • West Side posted at 2:09 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    West Side Posts: 1

    Queenie, you have my respect. Many people don't have the time, money, confidence or gumption to pursue an injustice done to them by the police. I'm glad you are shaking the tree and I'm sure that many others in this community appreciate your efforts as well. A quote from Benjamin Franklin comes to mind: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    It's easy to drum up many stories from a wide variety of law abiding people in Sandpoint about police harassment and brutality. I've heard far too many and had a few negative encounters myself in the 23 years I've lived in this town. It is fair to say that many good people of this town fear the cops more then criminals. I would hope that there could be more mutual respect between the citizens and the police of this community, but the situation has deteriorated badly over the years. Why do we have so many cops? Does anyone notice how mundane the Daily Bee police reports are? Are arrest quotas in place aimed at generating revenue? Why do the cops want to search your car when you've been pulled over for no mud flaps? Many more questions need to be brought to the forefront.

    Kudos to KEITH KINNAIRD and CAMERON RASMUSSON Staff writers for the Daily Bee in questioning the circumstances surrounding Lockwood's "retirement." Kudos to Queenie for speaking out and pursuing justice. I hope many more will come forward.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 9:24 am on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=166258646&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10227

    I wonder if Former Chief Lockwood worked with this gentleman in Sun Valley? I wonder why he wasn't arrested? His blood alcohol level was 0.17.

     
  • Queenie posted at 7:00 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Here is the link to my arrest tape. You will need good speakers. It is mostly audio. If you read along with the text it will be easier. On this tape is the tape of the event and then the recounting of the event to a superoir Officer. There is a third officer at the scene in the background.

    Depending on your speed it may take 1/2 to 1 hour to download

    https://sendnow.acrobat.com/Receive.aspx?i=F5JrmR-pgpNrCfBwjpF4sg

     
  • Queenie posted at 6:44 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    My dismissal hearing was 1-1/2 hours. Two Officers were brought to the courtroom. Only one of them was called to testify. I was also called to testify. Why wasn't the other Officer ever called to the witness stand? Was he there for the color of his uniform? After hearing the arrest tape and the courtroom hearing it would cause one to question the credibility of The Officer who did testify and if the Prosecutor or the Officer even looked at the tape. There were 8 people in the courtroom for a dismissal hearing. I had a conflict lawyer from the public defender. I was the only person not being paid of the 8. We were the only ones in the courtroom, which I thought odd. How much did that hearing cost the tax payers. Whose risk was being managed?

     
  • itzrandy posted at 6:41 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    itzrandy Posts: 902

    @ Perki:

    Full disclosure ... I worked for BCSO (sworn) in a communications capacity back in the mid 90s. My then spouse worked for city, same capacity (non-sworn) if your trying to figure out who I am. I DID NOT arrest Queenie and quite honestly have no specific knowledge of who Queenie is (though i did see a name mentioned below, which I do not recognize). I was simply questioning the circumstances as the story presented doesn't seem to flow too concisely and leaves a lot of room for one to speculate and ponder.

    Don't let the communications aspect fool you, I also have a 30 year career under my belt in corporate criminal investigation, encompassing petty buffoonery to elaborate narcotics trafficking and electronic data theft. Naturally, with such a background, these types of stories tend to pique my curiosity!

     
  • Queenie posted at 6:21 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Itzrandy. Considering that lawyers are trained to use every word you say against you. How is it that you consider semantics an excuse. I wonder what a judge would say if you changed your story as a matter of semantics.

     
  • Queenie posted at 5:52 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    You can go to this link and download a text transcript of my arrest tape, the audio files from the Courtroom dismissal hearing, [Last 5 minutes of dismissal 02 has closing arguments and judges findings. Blank space on dismissal 01 where they are looking for remote. skip over this] Pictures of my injury and diagnosis [by a specialist].of my injury. I am working on posting the actual video of the arrest which is 250 megabites. I will let you know when that happens.

    https://sendnow.acrobat.com/Receive.aspx?i=JtZKEvBCtQ1QjTErglsEHg

    I do not have to defend myself. I already did that. I was evicting a renter with a criminal record. She was arrested on two different warrants when I dropped her name into the system through the eviction process. She made up a bunch of lies about me which the Sandpoint Police believed. I evicted my renter and she vanished off the scene. There was never any legal evidence or witnesses for the prosecution. Anything on the records that points to any negligence on my part is hearsay from a renter who vanished. All the officer saw me do was drive down a public road at normal speed just like any one else. The case should have been thrown out by the prosecutor. The prosecutor wanted me to plea bargan. The Prosecutor/Risk Manager put the City at a greater Risk by taking this case to a courtroom to dismiss, as now I have the oral findings of the judge to support my case. It is the job of the Risk Manager to minimize risk. The Risk Manager caused risk in my case. Is my case an isolated case? The Risk department is asking for another $60,000 in this new budget. The Coty Attorney oversees the department of Risk Managment, The Attorney is asking for another $50,000 in this new budget. Since the City attorney has been sworn in in 2010 the budget for the legal department is set to go up $110,000. WE ALL NEED TO START ASKING QUESTIONS TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

     
  • Perki posted at 4:20 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Perki Posts: 606

    Randy, I can't recall what department you worked for so I have to ask. Were you the arresting officer in Queenie's case? I'm starting to wonder.

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 4:12 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Queenie - I have read all of your post that I could find. I just don't have it all straightened out or in order. It is hard for me to put together what happened. I would like to know what happend. What were the cops called for? I am missing how this started. I will try to find more info on bee records.
    Financial records- where do the request go and how long does it take to be provided? Im sure it's not easy to get the revenue of SPD and where it is spent. If they earn more, do they benefit? More arrests, more pay? I have no idea so just asking. I know at my job i do what my boss asks and needs sometimes more, it is how i have worked my way up. Is there pressure for the police to meet unsreasonable goals? Anyone? I think that just asking questions and seeing revenues, could help explain some of the "agreesiveness" people have experienced. It would give people an understanding of our police department is about on the inside and how it potentially benefits our town, more then taking the molesters/meth labs off streets.

     
  • Queenie posted at 2:30 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Itzrandy. YOU can request a copy of the arrest tape from the City. It is the arrest tape for criminal case case #CR-11-00343. You can go to the County clerk to get the recording from the dismissal hearing for the same criminal trial. Until you see the facts it is pointless to debate. I tried to get these facts put into the public record as is my right but I was denied. Ask your City council why i was denied. I do not have the answer to that question.

    When it comes to consitutional violations you are entitled to a remedy for every breach of Oath, Pledge of Duty for every person for every offense. It is kind of like car insurance. When you are hurt in a car accident you do not have to fight for your damages you are entitled to them. Breaches of Duty are not as serious as breaches of Oath or Pledge. Often times damages in a case such as this can add up to $350,00 just for the constitutional violations. Then there are the damages for my injuries which are seperate. And yes those injuries have been confirmed by a specialist. Consequeltly I am the only one who can say what my pain is so that is not up for debate. I will not be asking for damages for lost wages as those are the hardest to prove and the least likely to be paid.

    Each one of our City officials took an Oath to support the constitution. When they are sworn in for that oath some kind of security or bond is created in case they do damage to anyone by violating that oath.

    Cases where Constitutional violations occured are serious and should not be taken lightly.
    I am currently working in a detailed clalim which will contain every damage I am entitled to for every person for every violation of Oath, Pledge or Duty. These damages will be backed up by facts of truth.

     
  • Gina Emory posted at 1:58 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Gina Emory Posts: 11

    An executive session called under that code doesn't necessarily mean it involves disciplinary action. It includes just a routine evaluation of a staff person. So, it could be that it was time for Lockwood's evaluation. It could have been any public officer that the city council oversees. Every one of the library's board meetings concludes with an executive session under the same code. The board has been conducting monthly "mini evaluations" of the director. No disciplinary action involved.

     
  • itzrandy posted at 12:11 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    itzrandy Posts: 902

    Again, Queenie's response leads to more questions than answers. Am I to now assume there was no "criminal trial" as was previously stated? It now sounds like there was a motion to dismiss before a trial was ever initiated? Maybe at a preliminary hearing?

    Next, I'm curious as to what "damages" were suffered? If we can determine that Queenie's version is pure fact, I can see a route to punitive damages but there doesn't seem to be any substantiation for compensatory damages. Was there lost wages due to unlawful incarceration? Property damage? Physical injury as supported by medical professionals?

    And yes, until lawful discovery is pursued, I do believe the Tort Claim file, held by the city attorney can be recused from public display. As for "his file", "city file", that's simply a game of semantics!

    Also, where in the constitution is there anything about a "Right for Redress"? I believe someone is confusing their lawful ability to pursue civil litigation with constitutional "rights".

     
  • Queenie posted at 10:48 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Helen I requested some of these financial records that would be pertinent to my case and they were not provided. Perhaps I did not use the right wording in the requests. Perhaps a financial expert could help me with this wording so I can get what I am asking for.

    To any who wonder. My Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights were violated. I am currently looking into more violations that may be occuring in regards to My Right to a Redress for my Damages from these Constitutional Violations.

    As far as the facts of my case. I will have CD's available that have all the facts clearly documented by the Arrest tape made from the vehicle and by a recording of the courtroom dismissal hearing. These CD's will be available to any one who asks. I have also transposed word for word the arrest tape and the closing arguments of the prosecutor and the oral findings of the judge. I tried to get these facts ino one file in public records [as is my right] and was denied. I was told by the City Attorney that the file containing my Tort Claim was "His legal file" Doesn't that file belong to the City? One can view any Tort claim file the county has at a moments notice. I am also in the process of posting this information regarding my case online. I have been quiet and have given the City 1-1/2 years to make restitution for my damages and no attempts have been made. It is time the public know about these violations and the lack of any attempt for restitution. My case is only a catalyst to bring forth what is really going on in our City. It affects us all. Read my other posts.

     
  • Helen Newton posted at 10:25 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 486

    Every aspect of the cities finances - revenues and expenditures - are absolutely public record. You have only to put in a public records request and go to the city and review the information and/or request copies. Depending on the number of records you request, there may be a fee - but it is all there for your review.

     
  • Queenie posted at 10:16 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Itzrandy Read my post. You are wrong on all counts. The fact of this case are clear. I did nothing wrong, There were no pleas. The case did make it to trial. It was dismissed on a Motion to dismiss hearing by a judge in a courtroom. Unless this actually happened to you it would be hard to believe. But yes it did happen to me. I am the victim. There was no reason for any of their actions. There is no reason why this claim is not valid. This is the travesty to anyone that had any knowledge of the criminal justice system, that the actions taken by the City of Sandpoint in my case were completely unlawful. And their continued lack of efforts in settling this claim are in violation of my Constitutional Right to a redress for my damages. Yes you are right Itzrandy it would be hard to believe......but it is true.

     
  • Luv83864 posted at 10:15 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Are the revenues from the SPD figures public information? I'm guessing not, if they are where are they? I too couldn't agree more that Police, military and anyone in a role model position should be acting on their best and held to high standards, However knowing we are all human, we make mistakes. After all Clinton and Lewinsky, was that a reasonable sitatuation for our President. I was merely in high school and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I still can't believe it is basically "ok" what happened. It wasnt ok with me.
    @Rita Hutchins aka as Queenie, where can the facts and your story be viewed? It should be written about and shared. f this were Spokane or CDA it would have been. We the people need filled in. What exact Consitutional Rights were violated and by who?
    Anyway did "Clinton" just thought he could get away with it. Do others think that? There are power hungry people, they exist. I agree City Counsel needs to address this manner in more ways then one.

     
  • Queenie posted at 10:08 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    For any one wondering what the results of my criminal trial were. I have no criminal record. I have been an upstanding member of this community for 35 years. I was arrested for Obstructing an Officer. There were no other charges. I was assaulted and arrested on my private property after being followed for 10 blocks. Three Officers participated. The officer had no legal reason to stop me and had no legal reason to assault and tresspass that is very clear from viewing the arrest tape made from their vehicle. The facts of the case are true and clear.
    If the prosecutor had dismisssed this case out of court as it should have been. I would not have the advantage of the judges oral findings in this case. The prosecutor is also the City Risk Manager. She is responsible for managing risk from Civil Claims. Her actions in attempting to prosecute my case actually caused more risk. You tell me why this is not a valid claim? Not only were my constitutional rights violated but I sustained a permenant lifetime injury to my Ulner nerve.

    The judge dismissed the case with prejudice in my favor. Here are the oral findings from the judge,which the dismissasl order was based on.

    “I really don’t find that there was reasonable suspicion.”
    “even if we did have an investigative detention a person has an absolute right not to answer those questions.”
    “The scope of the detention was unreasonable”
    “there was no probable cause to make a stop., There was no stop but the was no probable cause”
    There were no crimes afoot
    “It is not illegal to drive your vehicle down a public street”
    “There was no reason to touch her.”
    “When she says I am not going to speak to you, there is no probable cause for an arrest so the contact is over.”
    “So finally I have to grant the Motion to Dismiss you can’t be charged with Resisting and Obstructing for exercising your Fifth Amendment Right and she did have every right to say I don’t want to answer your questions I want to go in my house, there is no basis for an arrest, there is no reason for a search”

     
  • Queenie posted at 9:53 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    When we are talking about certain rights we all need to be using the words Constitutional Rights instaed of Civil Rights. Constitutional Rights are what they are. Lakeview I have experience that would indicate your comments regarding the priority of our rights are correct. I am in the process of making the facts public. There are so many facts to be made public it is hard to know where to begin. Check out some of my comments on this blog. I am not a cop lover or hater. I am a truth lover. Come to the council meeting this week.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 9:39 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Old Cop, I just realized something. You are trying to use Google to disprove my claims. Most of this happened in the mid-late 80's in Northern Minnesota. I highly doubt it will turn up on Google, but knock yourself out.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 9:38 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Agreed.

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 9:17 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    @LakeViewer - post of 9:01 a.m. I agree that law enforcement should be held to the HIGHEST standards. But I also believe that High standards should be the norm for Postal Workers, School District Employees and those that run for public office wheter they win or not.

     
  • LakeViewer posted at 9:01 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    LakeViewer Posts: 919

    Wow, the ex-cops and cop supporters are certainly prolific on this particular blog. I think it is dangerous for a society to idolize law enforcement, including police and the military. They are simply doing their job, as the rest of us are.

    They should be held to the highest standards and the bad apples weeded out on a regular basis. Infractions should be handled by civilian oversight, which may have been the case here.

    I believe anyone who has a run-in with police, particularly that involves civil rights, needs to file a formal complaint., While one complaint may not provoke corrective action, a series of complaints can highlight a problem that needs attention. Again, is that what has occurred here? We don't know. The facts should be made public.

    Civil liberties in Bonner county seem to be of low priority when it comes to law enforcement techniques. A good and clear example is the practice of the Sheriff to extract forced blood samples from DUI suspects. This is clearly a civil liberties violation, but the Sheriff freely states that is his practice. For this one reason, he will not get my vote. I have never been stopped here, but if I am, I will have my antenna up and recorders running.

    I think some of this can be traced to the low incomes of many county citizens. They simply don't have the resources to fight violations of their rights, so law enforcement takes advantage.

    At some stage, federal authority can be applied resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and federal oversight of the offending agencies. This has occurred in other states recently, and Bonner county agencies are not immune. I predict this could occur here in the not too distant future.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 8:48 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Old Cop, no hole diggin here. I am actually standing on top of a hill, but you will never believe that, no matter what I say. You are wrong, I am right. Sorry if that is inconvenient for you and that you cannot believe anything I say.

    Helen, I agree, it is important to be heard at theses hearings, and to have your statements on record. But apathy takes hold when you try to do something about the issue, and those that could help just look the other way. I plan to be at the meeting, but I do not know if I will comment, nor exactly what I would say.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 8:41 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Judge Buchanan threw out the case before it went to trial citing many issues with the police procedure and no probable cause for the arrest.

     
  • Helen Newton posted at 7:36 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 486

    By the time a budget gets to the public hearing stage, the concrete is about 98% set. Sometimes a small piece is chipped out and replaced but it is rare. That fact, however, shouldn't stop the general public from attending and speaking. One never knows what something you say might make a difference - if not in this budget, perhaps in next year's.

    In 65 years I've been stopped once and the reason for the stop made me apprciate the alertness of our police force. We had purchased a new vehicle on a Saturday in November so had one of those papers inside the rear window telling how long we had to get our new plates. The following day was particularly bad weather-wise and the rear window was covered with slush so the officer couldn't see that information. Once we wiped the window off, I was on my way. I could have been someone who had just driven a new car off the Sandpoint Motor lot without benefit of legally purchasing it.

    I'm grateful for the men and women who protect us and our property - from the animal control officer to the patrol person to the detectives to the people in the office who manage the mountains of paperwork. Yesterday driving home from CDA I followed an SUV for about half the trip. The driver's speed ranged from 40 MPH to 70 MPH for no reason at all. He/she went over the outside fog line many times. Just past Lakeshore Drive the driver suddenly and without signalling pulled into the middle of the road and stopped! I stayed in my lane of traffic but the cars following me were trying to avoid the driver as he was now backing into the northbound lane, apparently to turn back to get to Lakeshore Drive! Southbound cars were having to guess where he was going too. I watched in my rearview mirror to make sure there were no collisions. I didn't want to get close enough to get a license plate because his/her driving was so unpredictable but in any event I don't have a cell phone to call anyone. How I wished on that trip that a deputy or state patrol officer has seen this!

     
  • Old Cop posted at 7:11 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    I can't call Corey lucky for knowing such bad apples, I maintain it's an unusual occurrence similar but reciprocal to winning several lotteries. I googled various wordings for "Policeman spotlighting deer. Cops poaching deer" etc. I found three episodes in the last five years. One in S Carolina and one in Michigan involving police. One in the SW involved a sheriff's deputy. There have been many more million dollar lottery winners in that time and I don't know any of them either. Corey is also unfortunate in knowing a cop with a nickname of Hollywood that thought he was Lothario. It's funny a guy didn't get a nickname when I was working unless he was well liked for some reason. Dandy Don wore his combs out running them thru his hair. We could trust him with our life or take his word to the bank. Notice I didn't say I would trust him with my wife or my daughter. Dandy Don had his detractors but they were the same ones the rest of us had, they weren't his fellow officers. Corey has found himself in a hole and a wiser man might be concerned about digging the hole any deeper.

     
  • itzrandy posted at 6:19 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    itzrandy Posts: 902

    @ fishndover:

    Once a person is POST certified in Idaho, they can work for any agency who will hire them. To the best of my knowledge there is no separate ISP POST Academy. Therefore, once state certified, Lockwood could have worked anywhere that would hire him.

    Furthermore, you don't have to be POST certified to be an elected Sheriff and I believe that extends to an appointed Chief. Though, that rarely, if ever, is the case.

     
  • itzrandy posted at 6:08 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    itzrandy Posts: 902

    Am I the only one who noted that Queenie mentioned this supposed assault that was perpetrated against her, which resulted in her arrest and a "criminal trial", yet there was no mention of a result of that criminal trial?

    First, there had to be a finding of sufficient evidence of a crime being committed, to proceed to trial. Unless waived, there was also a preliminary hearing , in which evidence was presented to support the criminal charges being upheld? So, one must wonder ..... what was the outcome of this criminal trial? Plea agreement? Conviction by judge or jury?

    Sorry, but reading Queenie's own words, one with any knowledge of the criminal justice system would be inclined to believe Queenie was the one who was out of line. So much so, as to warrant arrest. So, how is the fault of police?

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 10:42 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Old Cop, you've lived here since 86 and never been stopped? I moved here in 94, and was stopped several times in the first few years I was here. Mostly at night, downtown, for a broken tail light or license plate light that mysteriously worked fine when I checked them. Unfortunately for me, I had long hair and drove an old VW. Guess I should have been better at my "attempt to obey the law."

     
  • ponderay resident posted at 7:28 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    ponderay resident Posts: 64

    Fishndover just curious why you think Lockwood having worked for several other departments prior to coming to Sandpoint is a fabrication do you know something we don't.

    And yes I to was stopped about 6 years ago on 5th Ave by SPD late one night coming back from the airport in Spokane, reason given for stop 28 in a 25. I admit I was going 28, after checking to see if I had been drinking or not I was sent on my way, and yes it was irritating.

    I am smart enough to realize that not everyone complaining about the SPD will ever be happy, however SPD clearly need some new direction and leadership and it appears that the city council is working towards that.

     
  • fishndover posted at 6:07 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    fishndover Posts: 1

    From the hiring article on Sandpoint.com 4/27/2000 with Mayor Paul Graves on hiring Lockwood,
    "We wanted to have another chief involved in the interview process because we knew another police chief would be able to ask questions and hear answers from a professional standpoint," explained Graves.

    This time I hope the citizens of Sandpoint are allowed to ask questions from our disappointment in Lockwood standpoint! I like how he claims to have been a trooper with the Idaho State Police in his recent "resignation article". REALLY? what ISP recruit class did he graduate fro uuuuuuummmmmmm? How many other fabrications have we been told? daily bee look into this

     
  • Old Cop posted at 4:53 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    We rented a home on Frye Creek in 1986 after I retired. Bought a home near Kootenai in early 1987 where we still reside. Neither I nor my wife have ever been stopped by SPD or by a deputy with BCSO. Perhaps that's because we attempt to obey the laws. None of the working officers know me from Adam's off Ox. In my working days I didn't appreciate old cops breaking the law and then buzzing me when they were stopped. I certainly didn't appreciate some drunk driver pulling out his rusty old badge and expect professional courtesy. I use the term Buzzing to denote someone showing a badge or an ID to keep from being cited or arrested. I certainly am not going to be guilty of doing it I am concerned that bigdan has been subjected to what I would describe as unprofessional treatment. Officers conducting themselves in that manner are not acting properly and that is the chief's responsibility to stop.

     
  • sandnsnow posted at 4:47 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    sandnsnow Posts: 14

    Openseason, Mabey you and the rest of the marine division should do more proactive policeing on the water. When was the last time a marine deputy ever made a dui arrest, or any arrest for that matter. There are plenty of drunks on the lake. I agree the city police should not be "camping" out but its a small town and there are just not alot of streets to partrol. On the other hand I am glad to see lockwood leave but there are mini me's ready to take his place. They need to outside hire and pay accordingly. You will get what you pay for. [wink]

     
  • Queenie posted at 12:45 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Corey to quote John Lennon....."life is what happens when you are making other plans." So are City budget hearings. I am sure what ever happens, amongst all of this change, will be interesting and a move forward.

     
  • Openseason posted at 11:58 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Openseason Posts: 4

    Since moving to Sandpoint seven years ago, I have been stopped five times by Sandpoint PD..for petty reasons..driving over fog lines that were not there....tail lights that were dirty.....dirty license plate.....mud flaps that were too short..and the best..I was driving to work in uniform (BCSO Marine deputy) and was pulled over because the officer could not read the registration tag!......As a former police officer,Deputy, and Federal officer, I suggest that instead of assuming everyone on the road is impaired..use good old police work and refrain from "camping"outside of establishments and thus fabricating probable cause.....

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 11:27 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Helen, do you suppose that a voice from the public will be heard and that opinion considered while passing the budget, or is it just a formality and the budget has already been hashed out and will pass as-is? I plan to be there, but the apathetic in me believes the latter.

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 10:47 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    Excellent advice Helen.

     
  • Helen Newton posted at 10:35 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 486

    Everyone can be heard Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the noticed public hearing for the 2012-13 FY budget. Be there. Each speaker has 3 minutes.

     
  • Queenie posted at 9:50 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    I like your opinion Openseason. I might add that the responsibility for unlawful actions also needs to go above the Police Officer to the City Prosecutor, City Attorney, Mayor and City Counsel. Without their aid the practices that have been in place would not be supported. Does any one sense a general mistrust of our City counsel with the chain of recent events explained in this article? Who do you think is directing our City council? Is it the lawyers or the Mayor? Has anyone seen the duties of Our City Attorney or Prosecutor as outlined in the City of Sandpoint Classification Specifications for those jobs. This is a good thing to ask for from Public information. Those records belong to us. It will shed a lot of light on the subject. Our City has a huge conflict in place that is not serving anyone and it needs to be addressed. Our legal department and Risk Management department are one in the same. The same people who prosecute you are the same people who pay or deny your Tort claim. They have the power to act as Risk Manager when they should be acting as prosecutor. This could cause them to prosecute cases that have no merrit causing the City a greater liability. This liability may be caused by those who are put in place to mimimize it. This conflict may be a direct violation to our Tax dollars and our Rights. I suspect a game of Russian Roulette is being played with both. I should also add that the budget has increased a total of near $110,000 since our Current City Attorney was apointed to office. We all need to be questioning The City Counsel about this one. Especially considering that they are passing their new Budget Ordinance this week. Then there is the issue of not being provided with public information that we own. Who is responsible for those denials? Is is the same legal department? How much does is cost the city for those appeals? We should all be questioning this budget for these reasons. IT IS TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICES BE HEARD AND DEMAND YOUR QUESTIONS BE ANSWERED?

     
  • Openseason posted at 9:14 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Openseason Posts: 4

    A paradigm shift needed......The media attention to police misconduct is not likely to diminish in the future. If anything it will increase. Continued reports of police abuses and continued blaming of all in the profession for the actions of a few are likely to lead to two results....calls for more civilian oversight of police, and more officers falling into the us-against them trap..the latter seems to be common here in North Idaho. neither of these results is good for the profession. Questions arise as to whether police can adequately police themselves. The law enforcement profession must find ways to maintain autonomy while at the same time remaining acountable to the community. The "shared responsibilty" concept is one way to embrace culture change within an organization. Simply put, it means every officer in a police action, top to bottom is responsible for how the action is handled...Sandpoint needs a fresh approach to community law enforcement.......

     
  • Queenie posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    I called the Police to assist me and they assualted me. I will never call a Police Officer to help me again. I am more cautious of Police Officers that I am of Criminals. I have never been assaulted by a criminal only a Police Officer. If a criminal would have assaulted me they would have been in jail. The Police Officer who assualted me still has her job. Instead of the Police Officer going to jail I went to jail. Instead of the Police Officer going through a criminal trial I went through a criminal trial.....what is wrong with this picture. This opinion is formed directly from experience and fact and cannot be debated.

     
  • hemingway posted at 8:52 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    hemingway Posts: 14

    The poster is "SPOT ON" from the Bonner County to the city. I hear from former cops that the county and the city are way over agressive!!!! I went to Walla Walla and asked just about every tasting room about DUI, and they said very little DUI arrest and the county and the city knows that if the police start to harass tourist for DUI the restaurant/pub and wine bussines will die. Look around downtown city and county!!!! You guys (city/county) are looking for revenue from arrest on the backs of HARD working downtown bussineses. And now you are targeting the Festival patrons. Yes you are and you know it!!!!!!!

     
  • Mr Steve posted at 7:55 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    Mr Steve Posts: 10

    It is interesting how A LOT of people complain about a cops, UNTIL they NEED one!! Of course the only attention any police department gets is when they do something negative or what appears to be negative. Very rarely is there any attention when they do something positive and they do, do a lot of WONDERFUL things. As in any profession there are going to be a few bad apples, but overall, especially in Sandpoint we have INCREDIBLE men and women serving and protecting!! Thanks SPD!

     
  • itzrandy posted at 12:19 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    itzrandy Posts: 902

    Unless time has really taken a negative toll (which I highly doubt), I'd have to say Rick Bailey is an above board, kind of guy who has put his heart and soul into the profession. i worked with Rick back in my day and he was ALWAYS a stand up guy!

    So, if Rick is truly in charge at the moment, and not under the influence of the "vacationing" Chief, you may see a change of tide with the attitude of the department and its enforcement objectives. Unfortunately, I've been gone far too long to know the caliber of the officers that are reporting to him, these days.

    @ LakeViewer:

    I have to back Bill on his assertion that your comment about ex-cops not willing to question the practices of others, shows your lack of knowledge on the subject. With the exception of a small percentage, most persons in that profession take their work and integrity very seriously. When another jeopardizes that image, "we" have no problem stepping up and saying so. What we don't participate in, is the lynch mob mentality that often times unfolds at the mere suggestion of LEO missteps!

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 5:47 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    @Perki - post of 5:09 p.m. Re: my blog of 3:38 p.m. I wrote, "Many" of the complaints, not "All" of the complaints, were made by people familiar with the criminal justice system. Where is the arrogance in being honest??

    Where did I write that "Everything in the system is as it should be?"

    Please read the blog again

    In the past 3 years I have personally known of two instances where a Sandpoint officer was unprofessioal in their conduct. Both resigned within days of being notified of an investigation. I believe they resigned knowing the end was in sight.

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 5:39 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    @LakeViewer - post of 4:57 p.m. Actually I do NOT travel in a circle of x-cops. Few of my close friends up here are or were police officers. When i was working as a police officer I tried to avoid a lot of off duty contact with law enforcement officers.

    You show you lack of knowledge when you say in your 2nd sentence, "You will never find an x-cop willing to question the practices of one of "the brethern." You have obviously not read all of my letters to the editor, my blogs or followe my comments when I ran for sheriff in 2000.

    I have personally testified against bad cops or bad actions by cops and so have thousands of other good cops. I have no idea why you would make a COMMENT like that.

    So tell us more about S. Lockwood and his behind closed doors settlement with the city.

     
  • LakeViewer posted at 4:57 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    Bill, you probably travel in a circle of x-cops. You will never find an x-cop willing to question the practices of one of "the brethren".

    I have visited with many upstanding individuals that have no use for the man. Just opinions of course. Many will not visit functions in Sandpoint, particularly after sunset when the cops are trolling for revenue to feed the system and justify their ways and means.

     
  • Queenie posted at 4:47 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    From the CIty Council minutes below. We know they convened for an executive session for disciplinary purposes, we don't know the exact purpose. We know that matters discussed pertained to a Public Officer. We know Lockwood retired the next morning. Everything else is assumption unless we get more facts. Maybe we should ask the Mayor...her name is on the bottom of the Minutes.

    Councilwoman Logan moved to convene in an executive session, pursuant to Idaho Code § 67-2345(1)(b), to consider evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student. Councilman Rognstad seconded the motion.
    A roll call vote resulted as follows:
    Councilwoman Logan Yes
    Councilman Qualls Yes
    Councilman Rognstad Yes
    Councilman Schuck Yes
    Councilwoman Brunner Yes
    Councilman Eddy Yes
    By a unanimous roll call vote of Council, the Council convened in an executive session at 6:52 p.m. Matters discussed pertained to a public officer. No decisions were made, and City Council came out of executive session at 7:13 p.m.

    ADJOURNMENT The Council did not reconvene, as there was no action to be taken, and the meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

    Marsha Ogilvie, Mayor

    ATTEST: Maree Peck, City Clerk

     
  • Queenie posted at 4:36 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    An enterprising person with a Tort claim against the City could do the same.

     
  • Queenie posted at 4:35 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Captain Baily is just acting until Chief is officially out of Office when he returns from Vacation. I guess someone could call and ask.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 4:28 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    Bill, was Capt. Bailey appointed to that position (acting chief), or is that the order of succession for a situation such as this? Capt. Bailey has always treated me fairly, I just don't know how this systems is set up.

    My point of making sure that a new chief is brought in from outside the local system is not a slam on former Chief Lockwood. It is merely an observation on the good ole boy's network.

     
  • Bob Wynhausen posted at 4:09 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    I know it's possible to stuff the ballot box, but if memory serves, Mark Lockwood was just voted most popular police officer in the recent Bee survey. How quickly the community turns.

    If I were a candidate for Lockwood's job I'd have second and third thoughts.

     
  • Bobbychan posted at 4:03 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    Rev Litsinger. You're an ex cop. Snoop around. Find out.

     
  • Bobbychan posted at 4:02 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Bobbychan Posts: 119

    An enterprising investigative reporter could make a name and do the public a service by digging into many unanswered questions surrounding the Sandpoint police dept. Why did Lockwood resign? Why did the 4 officers resign? Why is the information not available to the public? Somebody find out.

     
  • Queenie posted at 3:46 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    I called the Police Department the other day to find out who was acting Cheif. We sure want to know who is liable in case something goes awry. They informed me that Lockwood was the acting Chief until September 1. He is "away" on vacation. Captain Baily is second in command. They don't like when we ask for information. We should all be asking for information every day just so they get used to it. The information they do not provide to us is ours. We have to exercise our rights to have it. It is up to us to protect what it ours. This includes public information and rights. Has any one noticed the difference regarding obatining public information from the County and the City. In the County the public information regarding Tort claims is available for anyone to see any time. In the City you have to get permission from the Attorney to view your tort claim file even when the public information relates to you. I was told by the City Attorney that the file containing my tort claim was "his legal file". Don't those files belonged to The City and to the People? Can any one explain why The City Attorney would think those files were "His" files? Can any one explain why The City Attorney would not want the file containing my Tort claim to be Public, especially when that is not how it is done in the County? Can any one tell me if the City has a special ordinance that exempts them from abiding by The Idaho Codes to provide Public Records? Shouldn't we all be asking our City Council these questions?

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 3:38 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    @LakeViewer - post of 2:53 p.m. I've lived in this area since 1994 and in the city for just over 2 years. The vast majority of people (85%) that I know that have commented about the police have made positive comments. There are some that are hard to please when it comes to law enforcement policy. Many of the complaints that I have been made aware of are by people who are extrememly familiar with the criminal justice system. All in all, if an election were to be held, the Sandpoint Police Department would be re-elected.

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 3:00 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    I believe the person in charge is Captain Rick Bailey.

     
  • LakeViewer posted at 2:53 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    The City Council and the new Chief (hopefully, from outside the area) should turn a new page, remaking the dept. into an organization that the citizens of Sandpoint and it's visitors will respect.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 2:33 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    Who is now our acting chief?

     
  • Bill Litsinger posted at 1:57 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    @Corey Greve - post of 1:32 p.m. What's this about Steve Lockwood and his suit against the city?? Do tell!!! Is this considered public information?? Please take a moment out of your schedule and fill us in.

    Re: New Chief - I've only had a few people commnet to me about the resignation, but the majority of them mentioned that they hope the new chief will be from OUTSIDE the department. All but one of those commenting live INSIDE the city limits of Sandpoint. These are all middle of the raod, successful people with no beef with the city. I respect their opinion.

     
  • Corey Greve posted at 1:32 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 923

    Are you referring to Terry Martin and Steve Maurer?(SP?) Both good men that are sorely missed.

    Let's hope that the city council has the foresight to hire form without, not within the department. Take the time to do a thorough search for a suitable replacement. Please, do not hire anyone from within the current department. This is an administrative position (primarily), and needs to be taken on by an outsider, not one of the boys or girls from within the network.

    Who are the officers that resigned? Do we know their names? Did the tender resignation before the chief announced his retirement?

    Interesting that the Risk Management Program is also run by the city attorney. Should they not be separate? Why did the city and it's insurance company quickly and quietly settle with Steve Lockwood on his lawsuit for a slip-and-fall (on property that should have been privately maintained), yet they seem to be OK with this suit going full term? The impending claim for damages, and its possible exposure of a grander picture of city wide issues, likely could have gone away quietly. I look forward to learning more about the case that was dismissed, the actions taken by the police, and its results within the City of Sandpoint administration. Hopefully the lawyers aren't successful in hiding all of the facts from the public.

    To the Editor, please do not lock this comment section. This discourse could be incredibly interesting and revealing. I want to hear all sides, as do many others. Also, thanks for having the fortitude to publish this article. Next, how about something digging deeper into the West Side Fire District and its $80K/year chief and his cronies.

     
  • bigdan posted at 1:30 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    I think this is a good move. I have long had an issue with the heavy police presence in Sandpoint. Arrest the bad guys but lets not harass the citizens or those here spending their money on vacation.

    I've been pulled over for no reason several times coming through town late returning from business trips. The old, "You have a brake light out" Or "you failed to signal" etc. just to see if I was drinking and driving.

    Just the other night, while leaving the Festival, I noticed a number of Sandpoint police cruisers rolling through the neighborhoods savaging for revenue.

    I am not a cop hater and have several members of my family in law enforcement however it seems in Sandpoint the "enforcement" part of law enforcement was bit heavy handed.

     
  • whinewhinewhine posted at 1:12 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

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    Now let's just hope the City Council will make some sound decisions that will end the Lockwood era and not extend it. Sandpoint has great potential. Well said Mavity. I'm sure you're right. Thanks Daily Bee for not locking out the comments. This could be interesting......

     
  • Ralph Mavity posted at 10:35 am on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    Ralph Mavity Posts: 67

    It's my personal opinion that Terry and Steve have smiles on their faces today. Keep the coffee pot going my old friends so when I join you "up there", some time down the road, we can get together again just like old times.