Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Meidl unqualified to lead police

Officer Craig Meidl’s leadership skills were on public display back when he chose to follow the crowd and salute his good friend and fellow officer Karl Thompson following his felony conviction in federal court. This brazen insult to Otto Zehm, his family, this community and our legal system is now dismissed by Meidl as “instinctive” when it was clearly well thought out, orchestrated and intentional.

Meidl’s later written praise for Thompson, calling him “the most professional officer on the department” and “an innocent man” further demonstrated his fully vested position within the good old boy mentality that pervades the Spokane Police Department. Meidl concedes as much when he attempts to diminish his authorship by asserting his writing expressed the views of the department, rather than his own.

By his previous words and actions, and compounded by his cynical effort to reinvent justifications for them, Officer Meidl has clearly demonstrated he is uniquely unqualified to assume the leadership of a department so badly in need of reform. The city council should reject this stunning and disappointing example of business as usual at City Hall. We deserve better and were promised as much when Mayor David Condon first ran for office.

Tom Keefe


Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430