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Tue., Dec. 21, 2010, 4:23 a.m.

e-mail to Chief Kirkpatrick blocked as SPAM…

Good morning, Netizens...

Let us take a brief aside from the business of the holiday season to examine something that Detective Ron Wright brought to my attention recently. Now I have to admit that Detective Wright can be, at times, problematic, as he has a stubborn and dedicated opinion set; but one of the more recent complaints he has lodged is that the Spokane Police Department routinely blocks his e-mail address. E-mail sent from Detective Wright to Chief Anne Kirkpatrick (and other members of City Hall) are routinely blocked by City Hall's anti-SPAM filter which, to my way of seeing it, is highly-questionable if not illegal.

The rejection of Wright's e-mail was confirmed by an e-mail sent to Wright by Cylas Engeland of the City's MIS Department. It was also sent to Larry Shook whose e-mail was, for a time, blocked, as well.

Is this an open government issue? It does seem so, given that Wright was attempting to communicate with Chief Kirkpatrick regarding the Scott Creach shooting in the Spokane Valley. I was able to confirm that through Ernie Creach, Scott Creach's son.

What is equally interesting is that nothing regarding this set of events has appeared in the Spokane news media.

I will revisit this as circumstances change.


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