But the citizen and the patriots are taking them on!
Douglas County Washington is a farm community with a population of under 40,000 and lots of crony politics. Officials are spending massive taxpayer dollars to try and punish a man for demanding a police officer tell him why he was being stopped. It’s one of the many Counties in America where corruption is disguised under a covering of respect and politeness. Don’t let that fool you.
We see a lot of stories about the worst of the worst and police that do really bad things. In my recent article about what makes a good cop I raised the question. What about those officers who don’t seem so bad? This case illustrates the massive problem of micro-tyranny within America. Cases of abuse where life is not taken, but government goes to any length to keeps the jack boot of tyranny on the necks of citizens.
The case is going to trial! The patriots Are Coming.
This man is standing up. Myself and many fellow patriots are standing with him.
Douglas County in turn is blocking every path they can, withholding information and attempting to hamper the citizens rights to defend himself in order to uphold their abuse. We the people will NOT allow this behavior. Join us and pack the courtroom. Jan 15th, 8:30AM at the Douglas County District Court, 110 2nd Street Northeast #100, East Wenatchee WA. — Join the Event!
Government all over America is using illegal harassment to punish law abiding citizens under color of law and keep them in their place. The governments greatest fear is a people that will stand up. If a fraction of these abuses were taken to jury trial, with the defendants boldly representing themselves; this system of micro-tyranny would collapse and with it the larger abuses would be taken on.
This man is standing up to them and it’s going to jury trial. This is a County that does not even have it’s own jail, yet has the gall to waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Just to punish a citizen who dared to question their authority with a simple demand that the law be respected.
This is not about one case. It’s about a long train of abuse. It’s the same conversation we had when we nullified i594. We plan to pack the courtroom and expose them. Judges and officials answer to the people and their authority does not override the Constitution.
On a lonely dark highway in Douglas county, officer Evan O’Mally stopped Tell Shasteen who was driving with Tammy Seim returning from a family dinner in Wenatchee. The officer comes up to the window and the driver reaches for his information as he asks the officer the reason for the stop. The officer then refuses to give the information, even though Washington State law requires officers to verify reason for their stop (give their authorization) when asked.
The driver asked a common question. Knowing about the issues with unmarked police cars in Washington and that people impersonating drivers are more frequently getting people to stop on the road at night to rob, assault or worse, he made the right choice. While this car was marked, the driver could not see that in the darkness . Officers can’t just stop you. They have to have a legal reason to do so and the driver wanted to verify that.
The officer refuses to comply. Despite the fact that even if there were no such a law, it’s a perfectly reasonable question. When the driver fails to give his papers fast enough, the officer opens his door, violating the 4th amendment even while admitting the driver was not then under arrest. The officer claims he does not need permission to open the door. The driver demands that the officer close the door, but he refuses and arrests the driver, charging him with obstruction, but later changing it to a lesser, but still criminal charge of non compliance. All using the same RCW that he (the officer) failed to comply with when he refused to give his authorization for the stop.
As it turns out the driver was stopped for doing 16 mph over the speed limit (he is not fight that citation). But despite his oath of office and the mission statement of the Douglas County Sheriff, the officer was more concerned about punishing this man for daring to ask a question that would help to legally verify the stop.
Kudos to this young man. As a side note. Always lock your door and always film. Had the driver done this, the officer likely would have backed off.
The driver, an employed 19 year old with no record, attempted to redress his grievances with elected Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal and Prosecuting Attorney Steven Clem. Both refused to deal with the lawless behavior of the officer, his violating of the Constitution, or the complete needlessness of the arrest. It makes you realize; this is about making sure people are obedient to government. It has nothing to do with law or justice. The corruption goes all the way to the top and they are all protecting each other.
The driver motioned for dismissal in Douglas County district court, but judge Judith L. McCauley refused to dismiss. I sat in the courtroom for some of these hearings. The judge was rude, disrespectful and intimidating, rather than upholding her oath and the mission of the County government.
For their part, County officials are doing whatever they can to make it hard for Tell to defend himself in court. They abuse rules, hide what’s really happening and use whatever they can obstruct justice. But we don’t have to tolerate that. We are turning the tables and many of the elected officials in Douglas County have been subpoenaed to be questioned by the citizens at the trial.
The prosecutors office continues to obstruct justice by failing to provide evidence in discovery and ignoring legal requests from the defendant.
It’s time to start rooting out micro-tyranny like an infected cavity. It’s time to start taking back out courts. Judges, officials and prosecutors have shown neglect and obstruction of justice. We are gathering on the 15th to hold them accountable. Because no judge or elected official is above the the law. We will make sure they behave with respect, follow the Constitution and honor due process.
Stand up for liberty. — Gav
Douglas County Official Contacts.
- Douglas County District Court: (509) 884-3536
- Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal: firstname.lastname@example.org, 509) 884-0941
- Douglas County Prosecutor Steven Clem: 509-745-8535