This e-mail is an attempt to find out if what I am doing, in my attempt to find representation, contains the proper etiquette. I have used the letter, which you will be reading, as a source of information to get my story out. It is my hopes that you will be able to lead me in the right direction by either constructive criticism or pass this story along to someone with the time and ability to help me. I am searching to file a civil motion and I do have documentation that supports all that I have alleged. Piecing this case together is relatively simple, but contains elements of serious ramifications to those responsible. If you would consider this request, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to give me your thoughts.
May God bless you and your family this holiday season.
"The privileges we enjoy in this free democracy, are as fragile today as they were over 200 years ago and are still today being tested and threatened. Thank you God for those who you have sent us, to preserve this way of life thus far. Having never taken my civil liberties for granted, I have instilled in my boys this same appreciation for life, as we know it, which unfortunately has eluded a considerable percentage of American families. The winds of change that struggle to hold this country together disappear before our eyes as our attention falls captive to the storms of life. "I refuse to be taken by storm"
My name is Gary Richardson and I have an issue that is outside the scope of my abilities to solve on my own. Resolution is necessary because these issues reach further and wider than just my own back door. A storm is brewing in Kitsap County and the winds of change are upon us. This storm, I believe is my window of opportunity to be a part of greatness in American history. As we are all destined for greatness of some sort, most never recognize their opportunity to stand up. When they do, they find the path difficult and filled with obstacles, such as weak cloaks that cover up the wrong doings of others. Preponderance of the evidence should work both ways. I have found that it is one-sided and it only serves those with stature and in addition, this is a major factor as to why people rarely find due justice. This opportunity to be a part of positive change to the extent in which I have found myself is breathtaking and humbling at the same time. Initially, I had grown complacent. Though timid and adhering to the infringements placed in my life, I was still constantly and consistently having my civil and constitutional rights violated by trusted officials who have sworn to protect and serve our community. The trauma has been quite difficult for the three of us to process. I give God all the glory and praise for the strength given to me to overcome enough to be able to see things for what they are.
Hit like a sudden spring rain, I have awaken, still a little disturbed and confused by the harsh atrocities, but I now know what I must do. There are still those out there, who need to be brought to justice and which I need protection from. What was done to my two boys and I should not and will not, go unanswered.
I welcome any questions arising from the contents of this letter, regardless of the nature or intent of the question. I will be moving rather quickly in this letter, as there are a lot of facts to cover, but rest assured that any questions or missing details arising from this letter can be answered in person, telephonically or by e-mail.
To begin with, my two boys and I have been victims of government corruption that includes unethical business practices that clearly violate State and Federal Civil rights. Many of these practices are actual crimes. In fact, these very agencies exist for the sole purpose of enforcing these crimes. Given authority and sworn to the people of this community, they have violated our trust. Those that I am accusing are public servants that are serving in various local government entities located here in Bremerton, Washington. These offices include the Bremerton Police Dept., the Dept. of Corrections, both the City and County Prosecutors Offices and most recently now, the Bremerton Housing Authority. Crimes committed include (in my words) but are not limited to, are:
1.) The coercion of judicial and administrative officials by hiding and covering up evidence.
2.) Abuse of authoritative and administrative powers by maliciously designing and fabricating statements in court documents and police reports.
3.) False arrest by giving preferential treatment to a fellow public servants family member.
4.) False imprisonment by making erroneous charges, then refusing to acknowledge and correct mistakes after uncovering the truth.
5.) Coercion using incarceration (psychological intimidation) and threats that include promises of extensive prison time to achieve a conviction with a plea agreement.
6.) Open disrespect and willful defiance of the authority of the courts of law, by reneging on plea-bargain agreements.
7.) Reckless endangerment using unnecessary and excessive deadly force, in the presence of children.
8.) Assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to kill a compliant and subdued suspect.
9.) Illegal and forceful home invasion without probable cause. Please do not be intimidated by these outlandish allegations as I have the clear support of legal documentation.
One individual is the mastermind behind all these atrocities. The individual is a police officer who used his 20 years on the force to influence, manipulate and coerce his constituents and others, unbeknownst to them, into making decisions that now jeopardize their careers. This trusted public servant has made a mockery of the judicial system and with no regard for those who were obligated by duty to give their trust and loyalty to him. Criminal acts committed by this officer against my family, which I intend to expose, will have local law enforcement and other judicial authorities wondering whom this officer really was. More haunting is the fear of past works done in the interest of justice. These honorable servants must now ponder on just what other crimes might implicate them. Unethical steps taken by this officer and done without considering the consequences or ramifications of his and his constituents actions, has been sinister and cowardly. They have acted irresponsible and will face justice.
My wife of three years is the daughter of this police officer. (I will just let that marinate while I keep to the details of my allegations, but an interview of me promises to be a bit more descriptive and in lightning. I will definitively answer all questions you may have). Unfortunately, others have sided and participated with this police officer with the same malice intent. They have damaged my character without regard to morals or ethics and have done this to avoid a little embarrassment of a family member, and now it must stop. It gives my heart no comfort to take these necessary steps to pursue an end to all this. However, this has gone on now for nearly 3 years and I do not see an end to it all. My children and I will not survive much more of this and I worked very hard for nearly two years to finally get custody of them in 2002. I have sat back, humbled myself, and grown complacent to the demands and judgements placed upon me by these agencies. Trying to go to school, building friendships with my boys and being a responsible and productive member of society is all I truly desire and has been difficult at best. If you decide to hop on board the winds of change, you will see that others have had different plans for me.
This may sound like a television show from the surface or maybe even a great novel, but you have my solemn oath that all I say here in this letter is factual and true. With the documented evidence that I bring to the table, I can clearly show conspiracy to cover up serious crimes that have been committed in this three-year period. I have also been able to recently acquire a new friend and advocate who has done research in my case and has decided to see it through until I can get proper and competent representation. We have thus far received the support from the office of Congressman Norm Dicks. They have requested case files from three of the agencies mentioned and we have only received a response from one, in forty-five days. I will give you one guess as to why the BPD and the BHA have been dragging their feet.
This criminal activity must stop. There are many others, of whom I have names of, who are experiencing these same abuses in my community and by these same people. I am no martyr and I am not looking for revenge or monetary gain as I have shown my patience and put up with the abuse for longer than my fair share. I see a need and I am in the position to stand and make a difference. I have the respect and support from my advocate and believe the office of my local Congressman, Norm Dicks. All I really need now is an attorney who can articulate for me to the judicial system. One who has backbone, fortitude and is someone who really wants to make positive change for the people of this country. I am in this for the long haul and I am in search for someone with integrity who places high value in defending this countries civil liberties. One who can articulate and recognize that fighting corruption requires nobility and courage. I have done some soul searching and have my own expectations and prerequisites. My passiveness towards these agencies has grown into a passion for justice. The crimes committed against my boys and I, will be exposed. I will prevail in court.
I am not going to exaggerate or elaborate on the extensive evidence I possess but this case is quite simple, as the attempted cover up is elementary and sloppy. I know there will be a lot of unanswered questions, but be rest assured, I can clarify any of your doubts. In fact, I dare anyone to catch me in a lie. I know all the facts and intimate details of the haunting memories that still pain me now. Even today, there is an on going attempt to suppress and keep me from exposing a cover up of these civil and constitutional rights violations.
My Section 8 housing voucher was even wrongfully terminated and the Northwest Justice Project has ignored my telephone calls and letters in reference to finding answers to this issue. Officer Brisbane and a family friend, Tracy Davis, related to April Davis of the Bremerton Housing Authority, intentionally and with malice, falsified documents to achieve this. I sent 15 pages of explanations of how this was done. I clearly showed inconsistencies in their documentation that proved conclusively, that there was an effort to terminate without cause. As God is my witness, they have never called me back after I submitted my grievance. Does this not put them in violation of ethical conduct? It has now been 7 weeks with twenty-five attempts to make contact telephonically and I have since given up on them. The property owner is now in the stages of taking me to court because he cannot hold out much longer, bless his heart.
I have recently been in contact with the DOC and I am now being charged with serious violations that I know nothing about. Though there is not yet a warrant for my arrest, not that the DOC needs one, I anticipate one. The issuance of one would certainly make it appear as though the actions by DOC are justified. Again, I stand firm in my allegations and the truth will surface. There needs to be an appeal to a higher court for judicial intervention to stop this latest attempt by the DOC to suppress me with incarceration. Authoritative claims on me must be restricted so that I can prepare and present my case and show cause for a civil complaint. Holding me on trumped up charges to prevent me from exposing theirs and others wrong doings, is not an option for me any more. The DOC is so corrupt that they will not even acknowledge and rectify mistakes they made, even when I brought them to their attention. This county has gotten all of my freedom that they are going to get.
You will have my full cooperation if it is agreed that you will represent me.
As I desire to be with my boys for the Christmas season, I ask that you over look the sloppy articulation of this letter and recognize its serious contents. Please help me in my quest for justice.
Reached me at 253-884-9934 or e-mail me back at Indianturff5@aol.com, if you need any additional clarification.
My advocate, Judy Jenkins, can answer any of your questions also. She can be contacted @ home and is available 9:00am to 7:00pm 360-782-4007.
The following is a letter that I sent to Arthur Williams in response to the sudden change in my case on October 18th 2005. I had hoped that bringing to light the wrongful actions of his constituent would have resulted in an internal investigation. This never occurred.
Following this letter, you will find details of my allegations in reference to DOC. Included you will also find my not so very well articulated declaration in which you will find more allegations about the other agencies mentioned earlier.
October 21, 2005
RE: Suspicion of Probation Violations
Dept. of Corrections
5002 Kitsap Way. Lower Level MS WB-11
Bremerton, WA. 98312
Dear Mr. Williams,
Initially, upon learning that my case was transferred to your workload, I was quite surprised as to the changes again for the fourth time. I have now concluded from the brief conversation between Kimberly O'Neil and myself, then ours an hour later, that this change stems from information received by your office, suggesting that I had made verbal threats of harm to an Officer with in the DOC.
For the record, I am stating to you at this time that this never occurred and furthermore, I hold no ill will or wish for no one within the Dept. of Corrections to come into harms way of any kind. There exists a legitimate reason for being at odds with the DOC. In no way would these unethical practices lead me to any criminal acts, including verbal threats. In fact I am in the process of solving my grievances diplomatically through legal means and am quite satisfied with the results thus far. I believe the information your office received in this case was delivered out of context and I will be pursuing all possibilities with in my legal rights, to have an investigation done into this matter. Again, I assure your office that I am no physical threat to anyone employed by the DOC.
In references to my leaving the county without approval from the DOC., I have had verbal approval from Kimberly O'Neil to travel into Mason County any time I needed. I have been working with the SPIPA Five Tribes in resolving many issues to illuminate barriers and move forward in my life, including going back to school at SPCC in Olympia. The weekend in question was a family oriented weekend that was planed, put on by SPIPA, and was a wellness conference focusing on parenting classes for TANIF clients and classes for staff and management for gaining tools to help and support their clients. This was the most functional and productive event my boys and I have ever shared together. The idea that I had committed a violation here is an attempt to build a case to have me incarcerated for bringing to light the unethical practices of court proceedings by an officer of DOC.
In reference to charges of failing to report to my CO, I have left two messages on the voice mailbox of my CO. since the august 13th date that you mentioned in our telephone conversation. Not once were my calls returned. A polygraph that was scheduled for the same day as the first day of school was overlooked due to a very busy week. My boys are attending different schools and there need requirements were considerable and exhausted all free time I would have had. As the next two weeks played out, adjusting to the new schedules of school and homework assignments, dealing with CPS as well as trying to stay on top of my housing issues, time just seemed to fly by.
There is also another element, which has kept me from placing a high priority in keeping with my check in dates. When I accepted the plea agreement in this last case, the judge made her ruling and the request for random UA's and Polygraph's were denied. How an order showing differently is beyond me. In fact, I even went to the stenographer's office. Paul (stenographer) spent over an hour with me going over the transcripts of that hearing. The conclusion drawn was that in fact the request was denied. Therefore, DOC has violated my constitutional rights by demanded that I follow this erroneous order rather than check out the facts. Officer O'Neil was there that day and she knew that the request had been denied. The lie told in open court, referring to the agreement with the prosecutor and my public defender, and this erroneous order requiring me to submit to UA's and polygraphs, that somehow and mysteriously appeared, will not go unanswered, no matter how much jail time I am threatened with. If this is taken as a personal threat then that's not my fault. I guess that some of your other clients may stoop to such low and degrading methods, but I hold my head much higher than this and am relying on the legal system. As you are now fully aware of all the facts and know my position Mr. Williams, I am wondering if you still stand willing to incarcerate me for four months, without giving consideration to all I have mentioned in this letter.
Norm Dicks Government Center
345 Sixth Street
Bremerton, WA. 98337
DETAILS OF ALLEGATIONS SUMMERY
Below is a specific description and account of the allegations that I am making and would like to submit it as my request for representation. There are more details, which require defining, but they are complicated and too extensive to put on paper. This does however, give a good account of the facts of my allegations.
Department of Corrections
Office of Correctional Operations
5002 Kitsap Way, Lower Level WB-11
Bremerton, WA. 98312
1) Enforcement of additional demands that were not set by the courts.
2) Violation of the Privacy Act by discussing my case with the victims father who was attempting to provide preferential treatment to his daughter in the course of his public service.
3) Violation of the Presidential Code of Ethics.
4) Intentional use of Deception in open Court.
5) Falsifying a court order to make additional demands on a defendant.
6) Cover up by concocting false charges against a defendant, to suppress facts from being exposed.
In April 2003, there was an altercation when my wife came to my house and began to verbally abuse my two boys and me and then became physical, breaking household items. I then called police to have her removed, but with her using her maiden name (Brisbane) when officers arrived, she was able to get preferential treatment. My statements to police never even made it into the police report. I was not able to defend against the powers of Officer Brisbane and was threatened with extensive jail time to achieve a plea bargain by the prosecution and my public defender. After serving sixty days and being released somewhere around July 1st, Officer Randy Brisbane went to the DOC and demanded that closer supervision of me be done, beyond what the judgement by the courts were.
I do not have any knowledge of the exact conversion, but I was informed by Arthur Williams, that Officer Brisbane showed up in full uniform and made demands. The next day, my house was checked for evidence that I was in violation of my probation. This is the house that my two boys and I resided at and was a section 8 home where the lease was for just the three of us. The following day, DOC showed up and wanted to search my home. Well they found my wife sleeping on the floor in a spare bedroom. She had come over the night before to retrieve her cloth and personal items she had moved in while I was incarcerated. It was around midnight and she decided to stay the night and leave in the morning. After discussing this, I decided that it would be best to de-escalate any potential argument, resulting in my going to jail again. This conviction by the way was a farce since she had come to my house and I had called police for help.
For the next two years I put up with the DOC showing up unannounced and pillaging through my house at any given time they wanted. Then in early November after finishing my anger management classes that were apart of the court orders, my wife and I discussed getting back together and we wanted to try to make this happen by Christmas. I then went to Bremerton Housing Authority and put in a request to have her added to the family structure. Before this could be accomplished however, my wife showed up one Sunday afternoon, intoxicated and abusive. After finally getting her to leave, with some physical persuasion, my boys and I went back to play video games in a back room. After forty-five minutes went by, I decided to go for snacks. As I entered the dinning room, I heard Officers yelling from outside the front door that they were going to force entry. I then became quite and scared not knowing what to do. I went back to the room where my boys were and we huddled together while I told them that if we were quiet they would just go away. With in minutes the front door burst open and my hallway was filled with police. They ordered me out and at that point, I told them that I had two small boys, that I was unarmed and that I would comply. While crawling on my belly and my hands in clear view of the officers, they pounced on me with extreme force and shoved a gun in my neck yelling, "Don't move mother f***er or I will blow your f***ing head off". After handcuffing me, I tried to tell them that they were way out of line that this was my home and I tried to explain what had happened between my wife and I. As they were not hearing anything I had to say, they proceeded to put me in the police car. I was read my rights, taken to jail and was charged with violation of a No Contact Order and 4th degree assault. I was released after two days and told that the charges had being dropped.
One week later I received a notice from the DOC requiring me to appear in superior court to answer to violation of probation. When I called my probation officer to inquire as to why they were charging me with a violation, Kimberly O"Neil told me that Officer Brisbane, after his unsuccessful attempt to coerce her, had gone over her head to her superiors and that there was nothing she could do about it.
Upon showing up for the probation violation charges, I was arrested. Conveniently enough, there was an arrest warrant out of Bremerton Municipal Court, charging me with 4th degree assault. These were the same charges dropped in superior court just 15 days earlier. They then took me into custody and the prosecutor argued against bail, saying that I was a flight risk. I had just shown up for probation violation charges. How was I a flight risk? Officer Brisbane knew I was disabled and on state aid and would not be able to bail out. I would now have to either plead guilty or wait it out until trial, which either way would mean 60 days in jail. As the holidays went by, I continued praying and hoping that my public defender would straighten it all out. As I knew I was innocent of these charges, I stood fast and continued to refuse their threats to get a plea bargain from me.
Finally in February, I got my day in court. During my two months of incarceration, the police reports were doctored to make me look guilty. All the information in these reports were duplicated again and again, to make the report look extensive. Upon examining these reports, anyone could see that this was a desperate attempt by Officers to convince a jury of my guilt. These reports are pathetic. I believe they were trying to cover up the invasion of my home and trying to make it look justified. Not only was the city not able to prove my guilt, but I proved my innocents commandingly. After the not guilty verdict, the Dept. of Corrections continued to put pressure on me to sign a statement that said I would submit to polygraphs. I reluctantly signed. As Kimberly O'Neil put it to me, it could only help me if an accusation were made that I was violating the No Contact Order.
Officer Brisbane had his own belief as to what happened that day according to the story told by his daughter and I am sure that I would have been looking out for the best interest of my daughter also. However, I would also be sure to make informed decisions, making sure that justice was served properly and not put myself in violations of my sworn promise to follow the Presidential Code of Ethics Rules. Giving preferential treatment to a family member, coercing City and County Prosecutors as well as fellow officers and clearly the Dept. of Corrections, put Officer Brisbane in violation of rules of conduct that his position as a city police officer requires.
On February 28th, my wife went into superior court and was successful in getting the No Contact Order dismissed. This was her last ditch effort to save our marriage as I had found letters that she had written to a fellow that she had living in my home with my boys, while I was incarcerated. They were sexually explicit and quite incriminating.
In addition, I found what I believed to be drug lab equipment in my garage and caught a neighbor trying to remove items at 2:am. I immediately called a friend the next day who arranged to have drug enforcement come and check out my claims. The garage was unfounded, but it was clear to me, drugs were used, as I found other tool and equipment in the house. I now knew that this marriage was over. Separating from this woman however, was going to be difficult as she had me in an awkward position with having the long arm of the law at her disposal. This separation would require a subtle approach. Although there was a court order protecting her in the past, she would come to my home and slander me in front of my boys. Her visits were usually long enough to search the house for any signs of other female visitors, make fowl innuendoes and push me until I became angry. I had learned by now that calling police for help was not an option. I remained true to my marriage vows however and have to this day. I am using her now to provide shelter and food for my two boys until I can find a solution to my situation. A divorce is imminent.
Moving along, On April 28 there was another altercation however this time it occurred with my wife and another fellow who was the boyfriend of my wife's friend, Colleen Hicks. He apparently was abusive to her and she was pregnant so I provided her with a roof and security from him. While I was on the telephone with DSHS, there was an altercation between the two of them and my wife. (Remember now that the No Contact Order had been rescinded in February.) I told the caseworker that I would have to call her back as I caught Mike taking a swing at my wife. I then went after him on foot. While walking back to my house, I was confronted by a warrant officer, cuffed and placed in the back of his car. I tried to explain the circumstances but again, I was not being heard. I was then taken to the Bremerton Municipal Bldg., questioned without my Miranda rights by Officer Smally, and then taken to Kitsap County Jail. The complaint called in to 911 was made by the DSHS caseworker that exaggerated and confused facts further. These charges were made in a zealous attempt to redeem the lose taken in city court earlier in February, by Officer Smally who is also a close friend to Officer Brisbane. Charges filed were 4th degree assault and Felony Violation of a No Contact Order. For two months, my wife and I tried to explain the mistaken identity and the erroneous No Contact Order. My wife even wrote letters to the Bremerton Police Dept, the Dept. of Corrections, my Public Defender, and the Prosecutors office. When these attempts to be heard proved fruitless, she then wrote the Attorney General, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Governor of Washington and even the President of the United States. I still have copies of these letters as well as the responses. Unfortunately, my immediate attention was needed at home as the Bremerton Housing Authority was attempting to terminate my Section 8 voucher, for issues that my wife was responsible for over Christmas of which I have mentioned in my general letter. This pressure force me to take the plea bargain and the letters to the various agencies never had time to work in my favor. The Prosecutor was still holding this erroneous NCO over my head and threatening me with 18 month in Shelton. Fourteen days before my trial, the prosecution reduced the time to 14 months, then at 10 days to trial it came down to 8 months. At 8 days it came down to six month and finally at 7 days to my trial, the time was reduced to 60 days, time served. Each time a new offer came, my attorney would put it to me that this was a good deal. My attorney and the investigator came in on the Friday before the trial date and pressured me to take the plea offer. It was put to me that if I did not and was then proven guilty, the 18 months would be the consequence. Growing desperate with the confusion of the Bremerton Housing Authority and their wanting to terminate my section 8 voucher, along with being reminded that 18 months was a long time to be away from my boys when I could just walk that day, convinced me to take their plea offer. Still holding the assault and erroneous violation of a No Contact Order over me, I reluctantly signed.
This is where DOC crossed the line of unethical practices, at least this is where there is documented proof. Prior to accepting the plea agreement, I told my public defender Amy Muth, that I was only in agreement if the DOC agreed to have all time run concurrent. She assured me that this not going to be a problem but she would talk to them and confirm. When going in to court that morning I asked Amy if we were all on the same page and she replied that she would double check. When she returned, she informed me that DOC wanted time to be run consecutive and they were asking for two months. Remember now that these charges were bogus to begin with and another two months incarceration was ludicrous. I told Amy at that time that I was not going to accept the agreement. She said to wait a minute and she would talk to them and get back to me. I watched as she approached my Corrections Officer Kimberly O'Neil and conversed with her. Amy then approached the prosecutor and conversed briefly with them. There were two prosecutors. After a brief conversation, Amy walked over to the public defenders table and sat down. About 10 minutes later she was approached by the female prosecutor who whispered something into her ear. Amy then walked over to me and said that every thing was a go. When asked by the judge what my plea was, I responded, "guilty your honor". Then it was time for DOC to speak. The officer, Kimberly O'Neil, then asked for an additional two months and that she wanted the time to be run consecutively. I then said loudly, I wanted to take back my plea and was then immediately hushed by my public defenders and told that there were serious consequences if I did that. In addition, the DOC officer asked for mandatory UA's and polygraphs and that I pay for them. The public defender representing me against the DOC charges then said to the judge, your honor there is no basis for this and we ask that this request be denied. After some further discussion, the judge announced that she was not going to allow it and denied their request. There was still the issue of the consecutive time that was being asked. If not for the factor that requires the victim to be notified before a judgement is made, this deception may have gone undetected. As it was, the judge asked the Prosecutor if this was done. Again, the prosecution acting unethically tried to push this through with out notifying the victim. The reason for not contacting her was that the victim was actually against the conviction, which is pointed out later, in the afternoon hearing. For the next three hours, I conversed by telephone with Amy Muth while in my jail cell and demanded that these shenanigans be exposed. Upon returning that afternoon, I found that I was now being represented by a top gun of the Crofford law Firm. His name, John Cross. He then articulated to the judge in a way I would have never done, due to the injustice that had just been done, and was able to convince the judge that there was enough evidence to show that the Crofford Law Firm and I were lied to. The judgement for consecutive time to be served was overturned. Now some how, DOC possessed a judgement to require me to submit to random UA's and polygraphs. As I was stunned to here this, I knew what I heard in court. I then took the liberty of going to the stenographer's office (Paul) in Port Orchard and requested to look at the transcripts. After three weeks of making several long road trips to the courthouse, I finally made contact with Paul. After waiting in court until the last case was heard, I approached him with my dilemma. He was very pleasant and accommodating. It was difficult to find any denial of this DOC request by the judge. Fortunately, his laptop had the audible tapes and so hearing it helped. Confirming what I had thought all along, it was clear that the judge said, "I am not going to allow this". I brought this to the attention of Kimberly O'Neil and she refused to listen to what I had to say. I then called her on lying in court about the agreement on time served and her response was that she was not obligated to any plea bargain. I ended the conversation and walked out.
I am now being charged with violating probation, which I should not have even been to begin with, and these charges are quite serious. They are 1) Failure to report in which I did. 2) Failure to get permission before leaving the county, which I did and the reason for leaving was to attend a parenting class put on by the Indian tribe in Shelton. 3) Verbal threatening of a Corrections Officer which did not happen.
As you can see, there are grounds for judicial intervention, to stop this corruption. I am now in seclusion for fear of arrest. The DOC knows that I will not be able to point any fingers if I am incarcerated. I desperately need help as I am on the verge of loosing the second holiday season from my boys.
Thanksgiving 2005. Though I am very grateful for all I have, I find that my worst fear of missing the holidays with my boys is happening. I have diligently looked for help in this matter within my own back doors for the past 6 months. As this is proving fruitless due to the nature of my issues, I am now seeking help outside the area.
Again, I am pleading to anyone out there who can see the seriousness and has the ability to do something about holding those responsible, to be accountable.
2597 FIR AVE. o BREMERTON, WA. 98310 o 253-884-9934
PHONE ADVOCATE: JUDY JENKINS
360-782-4007 o E-MAIL INDIANTURFF5@AOL.COM
Initial draft letter to Steve Parsons and the Bremerton Housing Authority
Re: Voucher Termination
My name is Gary A. Richardson and I was terminated from your program in May of '05'. I believe the evidence was not completely looked at when this decision was made. After negotiating for the chance to be heard had been declined by the BHA staff, I explored several other possibilities such as the filing of a legal motion and my desperation even led me to the media. An authority on the topic has assured me, that this case, considering its contents, could prove to be an embarrassment to the program as well as to the other agencies mentioned herein. I want to say right now, for the record, that this was the furthest thing from my mind, and it truly troubles me that I would have to go to such extremes just to be heard. I am going to take the advice of the authority mentioned earlier, and exhaust all efforts before going any further. It was put to me that the BHA is not bound by their hearing decisions according to 24 C.F.R. 982555(f)(2), and as such is the case; I want to avoid implicating or even suggesting, wrong doing by BHA. However, as my two young boys and I are at the heals of becoming homeless and this means exactly what it implies. As I am not from the area, staying with relatives or friends is not an option. The street is exactly where we will be. We have become desperate for justice. As I risk loosing the window of opportunity for pursuing this issue in the comfort of our home, it is in our hopes that you will see this error that was made and immediately withdraw the termination. In the very least, we deserve to be heard since it was my name on the voucher. This letter may seem exhausting and leaves many un-answered questions. However, I have tried to explain enough to get your attention. I assure you that all these allegations are accurate and supported, with documents that either I have provided or that exist in obvious places, like court records etc, etc. I accept any challenge to prove my allegations. What is left now is to give you my declaration of those events, and they are as follows
Before I get started, I just want to say that it troubles me deeply to have to tell this story. I fear that some will consider my statements bold, implicating, or politically incorrect. On the other hand, I fear that some may face embarrassment or even more severe consequences for their actions. This is not my intent. However, circumstances have dictated the timing, and I am not responsible for the actions of others. In fact, if it were not for this issue with the B.H.A., my boy's and me would likely continue living complacent and reserved about the facts that you will be hearing about. My boys and I are taking this very seriously because there still exists, elements of un-processed emotional trauma, inflicted upon us recently, which I have explained later. I am also physically unable to work and have had plans to return to school. In fact, the placement testing is complete and I am enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia where I will earn a two-year certificate in Architectural Drafting. I should have already started, but as you read on, it becomes clear that there have been barriers placed in front of me which have prevented me from doing this. In spite of it all, I stand firm and still work at my commitments and responsibilities to my boys as well as myself. As I am anxious to move on with cleaning up the mess that has cluttered up our lives, I am hoping that you will be able to see through this faade, make a finding in our favor and restore my boys and me back to good standing with your program.
I am sure you will agree, that I have a plateful and need to get moving on issues that require difficult and tough decisions. Having to put this defense letter together, aside from being of a difficult nature, has been a reminder of the travesty committed against my two boys and me. It has not only forced me to re-live past events, but also re-evaluate what must be done to find some closure. The logistics have also been challenging, as I am not so eloquently spoken nor much of a typist. It has taken three weeks to complete what is contained here. I've lost my work twice because of my ignorance in the use of computers and in a desperate attempt to submit to you this letter in a timely manner, it may appear aggressive. I assure you that this is not written with malice. These are just straight facts and I just ask that you try to over look this as you read some of what might be considered elementary or even exhaustive as well as incriminating.
In Reference to Allegations of:
VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY Dated 11-28-04
My Wife is the daughter of a Bremerton Police Officer. Officer Brisbane has used his stature and authority to coerce and persuade other legal offices to act against me in an effort to keep his family name and family, from embarrassment. My wife has a severe issue with anger and it has been turned around to make it appear as though I am the one with the anger issues. Although I accepted a plea bargain, in 2002 when I received my first and only felony conviction, It was under duress. I assure you that I am not the person that I have been accused of being. I have always been the one who has called police requesting assistance. The 911 calls to Cen-Com will back this statement. In the beginning of our marriage, I called police for assistance several times when my wife became destructive with my property. In fact, she was convicted of malicious mischief in 2002, before my conviction, for the damage done to my home. This is when Officer Brisbane began his agenda against me.
My wife has yet to comply with those court orders and furthermore, an arrest warrant has been active for years. Any time charges were filed and given to the prosecutor's office against my wife, has been when she had run off before police could arrive on the scene. Even then, these charges have all been dropped by the prosecutor's office, and against my will. These were serious charges.
Still, in spite of my allegations to police when calling 911 and her run-ins with them, she manages to avoid arrest. Three times before moving in under the BHA voucher, my wife was charged with this kind of crime against me and once while living here. I am not sure how, but again, these charges just went away. My wife would mention that she was a Brisbane, lie about what really happened, and receive preferential treatment. I have since called police several times with each call resulting in my arrest. She has gotten it down to a science over the years and I have been powerless to do anything.
The incident on 11-28-04 mentioned as a basis for termination, was the first time I tried the approach of not calling police. My wife had left, so I just blew it off, but what I did not realize was how angry she was, resulting in her calling police from a neighbor's house, and fabricating what you read in the report.
The actual events happened this way:
On Sunday the 28 of November 2004, I was awakened from my nap by my oldest. He Said "Dad I think someone is at the door", and right about then, there was a very loud banging. When I opened the door, My wife stood there with a faint odor of alcohol and was outraged that I had not come to the door sooner. She insisted that I let her use my car, and when I refused, became verbally assaultive. After a short period of this she tried to make a peace offering with me and wanted to come in. I had to remind her of the NCO and the plans we had for our reunification at Christmas. After her attempts failed to change my mind, she tried to physically over power me, and come through the door. I had enough of her crap by this time because of not only the verbal abuse I had just taken, but for all the times she would come to see the boys, and I would have to leave my own home for sometimes an hour before she left. She would pillage through everything as if she were looking for other female belongings. This went on for months while a cat and mouse game was played by DOC. I told them all I am telling you, that her visits were frequent and without concern towards my freedom. This provided little relief, as they tried frequently to catch me with her, showing up and searching my house at any given time. Anyway, as she came through the door, I responded with a football player's block, opened palm and in here chest area, while trying to close the door. Unfortunately, during the struggle, she received a deep laceration from a jagged metal strip attached to the door. After smashing the door and tearing off the glass screen door, she disappeared. My boys and I then laughed together at the way she portrayed her drunken demeanor, not knowing at the time that she had been injured and was calling police from a neighbor's house. We then proceeded to David's room as I accepted a challenge of a video game race. When I first became aware of the police being at my house is when I went for snacks about forty five minutes later. My heart sank when I rounded the living room and heard police yelling, Mr. Richardson this the Bremerton Police Dept. and this your last warning, come out now or we will force entry. Not knowing what to do and afraid of them from past abuses, I quietly went back to my boys, huddling with them on the floor saying, "if we're quiet they will just go away". I have never been more wrong, as they came in with a loud bang, house shaking and running to the hallway. At that point, two things happened. We noticed the infra red laser pointer on the bed blanket and, heard one officer say, "come out Mr. Richardson, we know your in here". Immediately I yelled out that I had two small boys, that I had no weapons and that I was coming out, and in so doing yelled, "I'm unarmed", several times, while showing my hands and trying to crawl on my stomach. Suddenly several Officers pounced on my back, shoving a pistol in my neck and telling me; "don't move mother f***er or I will blow your f***ing head off". Mr. Parsons, I have never been more compliant.
I was booked and released after two days. It turns out that the county prosecutor would have nothing to do with this case due to evidence showing that my wife initiated the event by coming to my house. My father-in-law became very disgruntled when he heard about this and in a desperate attempt to cover the tracks of this illegal police brutality and protect what he assumed to be innocent including his name, went to visit my corrections officer Kimberly O'Neil. This visit is documented at DOC. Dressed in full uniform, he demanded that I be charged with violating my probation. After his failed attempt to convince her of my wrong doing, went to her supervisor. Eight days after the incident, I received notice from the Dept. of Corrections to appear in superior court to respond to violation of probation allegations. I immediately went to see my C.O. She told me her hands were tied, that Officer Brisbane was furious, made demands, and that this was a management decision. This now, would be the second time Officer Brisbane intentionally intervened, and persuaded authorities to bring charges against me that otherwise never would have been.
Upon leaving her office and without doubt, I knew that I would be arrested if I appeared in court. The usual course of the law was interrupted and violated that day by Officer Brisbane by not only using his status as a police officer, but also with the coercion of authorities. The results were the city prosecutor having a warrant issued and me being taken into custody that day of the hearing. The charge was assault 4th degree. This arrest was staged, and in addition, Officer Brisbane convinced the prosecutor that I was a flight risk, resulting in an excessive bail being set at $15000.00 or $1500.00 cash. Officer Brisbane was now, almost satisfied, because no matter what the outcome, I wouldn't be able to afford bail which meant 60 days to trial. As it was ten days to Christmas, I further suggest that this travesty was done with malice. As I mentioned, I knew before the hearing date that I would be arrested and as I wanted a witness to this event, asked the SPIPA Indian Tribe out of Shelton, to appear with me. They agreed, as moral support and with their assurances that I was being silly and that I was being worked up over nothing. I assure you Sirs, there was more than one jaw wide open that morning. I have always been completely available to anyone within this realm, and suggest that since there was no attempt to inform me that I was wanted, or that I would be arrested, this was an illegal kidnapping done by Officer Brisbane and the city prosecutors office. Officer Brisbane was not yet finished though, as this victory had only satisfied his palate.
I will now implicate him and others of intentional and criminal intent to suppress evidence and cover up the details surrounding what amounts to the embarrassment to Officer Brisbane's ego. In fact, it is possible that these crimes went undetected by the prosecution because of the belief that Officer Brisbane, was a viable and trustworthy source. However, there was a letter written to DOC. from my wife, which I have found in my files, stating how the prosecutor was elusive when my wife tried to make contact with her. This letter also appears to be an attempt to set the record strait. I have included it with this letter and will let you decide its value in my innocents. Back at the ranch, Officer Brisbane deliberately took the police report that was rejected by the County Prosecutors Office, and with the city prosecutor and fellow Officers, created a police report that appeared extensive, incriminating and sure to convince a jury of my guilt. The impact on not only me, but my boys as well, has been tremendous. We are forever scarred by this incident. We do not believe there was justification in their actions, but in trying to deal with this incident emotionally, and fearing the powers of this authority that has no governing, we have lived a complacent and reserved life. As you can see, My story never even made it in the report. A few more things about this report before I conclude with this element used for termination. Notice the date of this report. They would have you believe that this eloquently written report, with all the possible headings known to the police department as well as all the I's dotted and T's crossed, phone calls made and investigations completed, was finished in just under five hours from the time of the incident. The statement they say I made, "You'll have to come in and get me", was a direct lie and only a complete idiot would have said such a thing under those conditions. Don't you agree? I had my two young sons, which everybody knows are my world. Sir, I even went through the scrutiny of three legal systems in three states including my own Indian Tribe in Alaska, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs before custody was awarded to me. Would not one think that these other agencies would have noticed something this flaky in ones character, before awarding custody of not one but two small children? I still have in my files, copies of thirty to forty letters of recommendations from friends stating things from how my influence on their children has been a blessing, to how my interaction with children was a joy to watch. I was even known to some as the candy man in our local church.
I can not to this day, express to you the anguish and pain I have experience over that public accusation. I write these words knowing however, that my deepest pain exists in knowing that my boys had to endure this event. As recently as two weeks ago, my youngest, Dakota 8 cried in my arms, saying he did not know what he would ever do without me. I was floored to learn that he had a dream the night before about this incident and was just then coming to me about it. His concern was what if the gun had accidentally gone off. I held him like a baby while he cried, assuring him it did not, and so everything's going to all right. I am very much in love with my two boys, as I have never been with anyone else in all my life. Do you have children Sir? Can you attempt to feel my pain as I type these words and weep like a 44-yr. old baby on my computer keyboard, and tell you of this travesty. As strong as I think I am, holding back my emotions about these events is difficult at best. To think I could hold up in court to defend us in a possible legal action is fantasy. But as my passion runs deep it is my hopes, that this letter will lead me to grow and muster up enough, to pursue some legal recourse, if only for my boys. We are the three musketeers. I have been introduced to their friends a time or two, as their friend. I have created in me, the element of knowing that I am responsible for how they turn out and therefore have built friendships with them. It has been this way since they came to live with me and it always will be. Not only has this police department perjured themselves and made a big mistake, but also they picked the wrong father to lie about. I apologize for getting off track. My passion shows best when it comes to my boys. At the very least, these people have been watching much more than their fair share of television, (Cop's).
In addition to the earlier mention of disregard for life, and the falsifying of the police report notice the consistent and repetitive statements. Half of this report is the same information written over in different wording. Go ahead Sir, look. It takes little effort to find duplicated information. It is incredible. If compared to other reports of this nature, it would appear that this case is significant, monumental and is deserving of a Pulitzer Prize, until one realizes the criminal intent. This report, is exhaustive and was fabricated to not only suppress me, but to cover up the breaking and entering of my home, assaulting me in the presence of my boys, and then kidnapping me and holding me for a $1500.00 ransom or until a guilty verdict could be achieved. They totally violated my constitutional rights. My wife even admitted lying because she was angry and they still would not rid themselves of their thug like mentality. The direction taken by the prosecutor was one way, leaving no room for possible innocents. Our society does not tolerate this arrogance, because it leads to convictions of innocent people. Checks and balances are put in place for good reason, but this office has devised a way to sneak around the attention of the public and force some into submission. This case should be a warning to the public of the need to supervise this government entity. There are many more tidbits of evidence I could point out to you and will at your request, but the bottom line is this. In spite of all the efforts made, including criminal, to make this case stick, I was exonerated by a jury, which returned a unanimous decision of not guilty. Not only was the City not able to prove my alleged guilt, but I proved, to the embarrassment of Officer Brisbane, my innocents, commandingly. What has never made since to me, is how does a fellow get charged for a crime that was committed against him, and then have to spend sixty days in jail desperately trying to be heard, waiting for a trial? I am not sure how, but I can explain about the sixty days. Its so the prosecution has ample time to conjure up intimidating threats to get a plea bargain. I have never been able to get my story out to anyone, about these facts or of the charges brought against me, without it being said that I approved or initiated the contact with my wife. Every incident has always happened in my home. Doesn't this say anything about who initiated contact? My public Defenders would even say things like, "oh that's not admissible", or "Gary, this is a good deal being offered to you", or, "you can even go home this week", etc, etc. These public defenders are a joke and further more; they are working for the prosecution and not the defendant, as their title would suggest. Innocent as I was Sir, the attempt to get me to take the plea offer was nearly successful. DOC even used my statements, requesting help from them to keep my wife from my house, as proof that I was making contact with her. The biggest and most menacing obstacles in my life these past four years have been the unethical behavior of the BPD and the DOC. Moreover, with the police department giving my wife this preferential treatment and the convenient and consistent omitting of my statements from reports has rendered me completely defenseless.
Recap of evidence: The visit with my CO., was documented and will somehow have icing on it I'm sure, but other than to make my life more miserable, what other business would Officer Brisbane have to talk to DOC., behind my back and about my legal issues. This would not only be suspicious, in nature, but would also put my CO. in violation of the privacy's act. Either way, this proves my allegations of coercion, and adds to the notion that Officer Brisbane is willing to unethically, damage me in any way he sees fit. Bringing this case to Bremerton municipal court after being rejected by the county is the most incriminating evidence so far in proving my allegations. Officer Brisbane brought this case to a friend in the workplace who happens to be a prosecutor, putting me at a great disadvantage. Although my wife admitted lying again, these people spent 60 days of my life separating me from my boys during the holiday season. They implanted my wife into my home and devised ways to convince me that I would loose in trial, while little by little reducing the punishment time until I almost gave in. These people would not have blinked an eye knowing an innocent man was being convicted. This is just haunting. Actually, they did anyway, due to my being jailed for sixty days. Finally Sir, the unanimous decision of a not guilty verdict issued by the jury. Doesn't this say it all? Is the BHA trying to say that this not guilty verdict was crafted to suggest my innocents?
2597 Fir Ave.
September 6, 2005
Northwest Justice Project
Dear Mr. Parsons,
I am truly disappointed to learn of your decision to close your files in this case. The intent of this letter is not only to clarify what you missed, but also to try to convince you to overturn your decision to not represent us. As sure as I am convinced that this was a wrongful termination from the BHA Program, I am also sure that there was doubt in your mind as well about their handling of it.
It haunts me to know that this travesty, which I have candidly shown you, could go unanswered, especially by an entity that was set up to protect those who fall prey to the unethical practices in local and county-wide government programs. I believe your decision may possibly have been based on insufficient data that may have been no fault of your own. However, several times in my letter I specifically reminded you that if you needed clarification about something, or if you needed anything at all, to let me know. It appears as though you only glanced through the police reports, the documents from the BHA, and more importantly, my letter of declaration. In giving you the benefit of the doubt, I have taken the liberty of clarifying some of the details that you suggested were barriers that stood in the way of your taking on this case.
I will now point out what was missed, and offer you an opportunity to re-evaluate these facts again, but with a little more definition and specificity to this case, and I will be referring to your response letter that I received on 08-26-05.
In your letter, paragraph 5, an important issue you raised was whether my wife was a member of the family structure, and at what point. This apparently was a real issue for you. This is also the only real tangible reason I find in your letter for declining your services to us and, coincidentally, is the whole basis of my complaint about the BHA. If I were not sure of the importance of this issue, I would not have wasted your time to begin with. Your letter states that I acknowledged that my wife was in the home from mid-December through the time of the termination. You also stated that there was no indication that I had withdrew my request to have my wife added to the household or that I even notified them that she was no longer a household member. So which is it? First, there are no policy guidelines requiring me to submit a withdraw notice if my situation has changed before the BHA has approved my request. To believe that my failure to formally withdraw this request gives the BHA power of attorney to make personal decisions in my life such as they did is ludicrous. You are now telling me that my failure to submit the required documents before I was falsely incarcerated gave the BHA the authority to place Cathleen into my home, with my children, regardless of my thoughts or wishes, and in spite of the NCO. Wouldn't the appropriate sanction for my failure to submit these documents have been the issuance of a denial notice addressing my request? Adding Cathleen to the family structure, without my submitting the necessary documents or giving my approval, was an enormous risk they took. Look at what was found in the home while I was incarcerated. The garage issue was unfounded, but what I videotaped in there was enough evidence to me to throw away my boy's toys. In fact, the BHA should feel fortunate to get away with just reinstating me, without me filing an endangerment suit. The term you used "withdraw my request", implied that I had failed to do something. This is not even close.
Secondly, why would I need to notify the BHA that Cathleen was no longer a household member, when she had never lived here or had never been approved by the BHA as being a household member? The statements that you have made are inaccurate and confusing. You certainly did not get these ideas from me, and I wonder what source you were using. Why don't you try your client as a viable source? You then went on to say that any one of the four reasons mentioned in the allegations would constitute possible grounds for termination. Sir, you even went as far as to say that the BHA had no knowledge of the NCO. This is false. I am also confused about the wording you used that implies that I definitively did something wrong. You did quite well in pointing out all that you could to condone this decision made by the BHA, and mentioned nothing of the evidence I have presented you. As far as the BHA's knowledge of the no contact order goes, the document that accompanies this letter will clearly show you that they were fully aware of my legal situation. In fact, Sheri White and I talked numerous times about my living arrangements. Therefore, you were lied to. I offer this as evidence and proof of the unethical steps that the BHA staff members were willing to take to cover a messy situation that they created.
The jury verdict, as well as the police report which I am responsible for initiating, proved exactly what was going on in my home while I was away in regards to the drug materials, and completely exonerates me from those charges. The only thing the BHA could have possibly terminated me for would have been the Alfred plea that I accepted in June. However, this alone would not be enough, as the evidence is weak, and as I have shown you in my declaration. As I mentioned, I would like to offer you an opportunity to review these facts again with a little more clarity. I am not trying to be hurtful or threatening Sir, I just need clarification myself as to the accusative wording in your lett