It's reasonable and appropriate for a Spokane Police Guild officer to express the guild's support for members whose official conduct has been questioned. He should have stopped with that rather vanilla expression, but he didn't.
McCabe continued, "Once all information relating to this case is released, I am confident the detective and sergeant will be seen for what they are: experienced and professional law enforcement officers." The hypocrisy drips from McCabe's statement. McCabe knows very well all the information relating to this case will not be released. Certain personnel matters will not be disclosed because of privacy regulations and defamation liability. If the city were to release all information relating to the detective's and sergeant's conduct in this case, Dave McCabe and the Spokane Police Guild would be screaming loudly about the violation of their members' privacy.
In The Spokesman Review story published on March 4, 2006, headlined No charges in firehouse sex, Spokane City council member Bob Apple was quoted saying, "I think the destruction of evidence is tantamount to a criminal act in and of itself." In his letter to the editor, McCabe says Apple should be ashamed of himself for that statement. Why? Destruction of evidence is a criminal act in and of itself.
In his letter's closing statement, McCabe quotes an unidentified guild member as saying, "These officers did nothing wrong." Yes, they did. They failed to perform their official duties satisfactorily. The real issue is whether their wrongs resulted from misconduct, incompetence, poor training and supervision, accidental error, laziness, indifference or some combination of all these. The investigation has been reopened under the direction of Deputy Chief Bruce Roberts, "...because the other deputy chief, Al Odenthal, was in charge of the original investigation -- which (Mayor) Hession now says was bungled."
Bungled is an unusually strong word for a mayor to use in a public statement to describe the conduct of his city's police commanders and investigators. Mayor Hession seems to understand now that his own and the Spokane Police Department's credibility have been damaged by several members of the police department from the acting chief down. We should expect to see some retirements or resignations from the Spokane Police Department very soon. They can't come soon enough.