The Creach Family wants to change a few things.

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Scott Creach

The following is an email that I got yesterday from long time family friend Alan Creach. I’ll let him do the writing in this blog:
Dear Friends,
You may share my frustration at the continuing disregard for law and the lack of justice when it comes to acts committed by law enforcement. I am speaking of the recent murder of my father at the hands of a Spokane Valley Policeman. As you know Dad was killed back in August on Wednesday night after church. He had gone out after being awakened by the sound of a car backing up to the outdoor floral display at the Plant Farm, a business that he owned that has provided our familie’s livelihood for the last 40 years. Dad went to investigate what he saw as a theft and was subsequently killed. What we now know by forensic evidence is that Dad was in a submissive posture when he was shot. All these facts were known by Spokane County Prosecutor when he decided not to charge the officer. All these facts are known by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich but he has yet to act in bringing any diciplinary action against the officer. I have attempted to share with the community the details of the investigation but in short this has been a cover up job since August 25th, beginning with the investigating agency SPD allowing the offender to leave town on vacation to Las Vegas for 9 days before making a statement.
In short there have been a number of laws that were broken by this officer but it appears that his actions are not a result of his flawed thinking but a result of flawed training. To begin with he was on patrol in an unmarked car. This is a flagrant violation of RCW 46.08.065 which states that patrol cars are to be marked on both sides. This is a decision by County Sheriff command staff please see Sunday April 3 Spokesman article . In addition he took up position in the greenhouse parking lot as a part of his training. This is deals with property rights and everyone knows that even in criminal situations the law enforcers must get a warrant before tresspassing into private property.
I have attempted to address these issues with the Sheriff, he thinks he’s right, he feels bad, he says, but is unwilling to address these issues with training.
I have spoken to the County Commissioners, they feel bad but they need more information, they’ll be in touch.
I’ve spoken to the FBI in Spokane, they are busy but will be in touch in a couple weeks that was 6 weeks ago.
I’ve spoken to the Spokane Valley Council and they feel bad as well but they can’t talk about it, something about impending investigation, hmm, something about litigation hmm, we haven’t filed anything.
But we now have a chance to get some answers.
Spokane Valley Mayor is going to have some state of the city meetings where issues that concern us can be addressed by citizens, and answered by council members. There are 4 meeting times:
April 11th 7-8 PM Spokane Valley Fourth Memorial Church
April 14th 7-8 PM Greenacres Christian Church
April 21st 7-8 PM Seth Woodard Elementary 7401 East Mission
April 28th 12:30- 1:30 at Center Place by the YMCA

I would suggest that if the murder of Scott Creach is an issue with you then this would be a good opportunity for you to speak out and excercise your right to free speech. I believe that to often we as Christians remain silent until it is way to late.
You may be saying, what impact is this going to have on the system as it exist.
Spokane Valley has contracted with Spokane County Sheriff for all their policing services.
That contract can be ammended or cancelled at any time.
Spokane Valley City Council are the ones who pass ordinances that impact us everyday.
Just because the Sheriff wants to violate state law does not mean that he can in our town. City Council can pass a law that says all County Police Cars must be marked if they are operating in the City Limits, it is within their rights.
They can also pass a law that says all cars must turn on emergency lights when they cross over onto private property.
They also can pass a law that sets a minimum standard for training and behavior in order to operate as a Spokane Valley Policeman.
It is time that we demand that our elected officiials stand up and do something about protecting us because as it stands all our lives are in danger until some type of action is taken.
I hope that you will take time out of your busy schedule to plan to be there, at least to one of these meetings and speak out and demand that the law be upheld in protection of all citizens in this valley. I believe that if we raise a united voice in this matter that the Spokane Valley City Council will respond by insisting that the Sheriff and his men obey the law and treat us all with dignity. You all knew Scott Creach and what he stood for , its time to act while the window of opportunity is open.

Alan Creach

On top of this past year’s obviously high percentage of trigger-happy police, there have been several cases through recent years, like Otto Zehm vs. the police, and Shanto Pete vs. the police, that I had to just shake my head at the way things are in this town, and I’m guessing most towns. I’m not a big advocate for making up new laws but things need to change and Alan’s a good guy to support in the cause. It just seems to me that Alan has a good head that he expresses well and that this issue he is addressing needs to be addressed. I know that when he talks he’ll be speaking clearly and from the heart and he’ll be reperesenting his entire family, including his father.

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  1. Ron the Cop says:

    Readers wishing more on this tragic shooting and SPD’s OIS investigation can read my report and analysis at these two posts on my blog:

    UPDATE – Creach Police Shooting Investigation – Spokane, WA

    Creach OIS Investigation – A Report and Analysis

    Det. Ron Wright (Retired)
    Riverside PD, CA

    Now living in Spokane by choice:-)

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