Detective Aldridge Disregards Policy & Ethics... AGAIN!

In spite of an email memo sent by VPD Barbara Kipp in March of 2014 warning officers not to sign children over to CPS when there is no probable cause,  just three weeks later, Detective Sandra Aldridge brazenly voices her unlawful/unethical tactics (email #2). Aldridge's strategy, outlined below...

First move: Turn off MDC [police dispatch communication]

Second move: Get kid

THIRD MOVE: Figure out which order you "get" the people who made the mess

 ...describe the actions carried out by Aldridge when she was the sole decision-maker and signer regarding the removal of the Petrenko children from the custody of their parents on Feb. 16, 2016. 

Ironically, Barbara Kipp is the lead investigator for VPD's Professional Standards Unit as they investigate the actions of the DV Unit's warrant-less, forced entry of the Petrenko home and the subsequent wrongful arrests of both parents and placement of the children with CPS.

RE: IAC 2016-0014 PETRENKO HOME INVASION BY VPD

Attention City of Vancouver and Clark County Councilors,

The "jaw-dropping" contents of a year-long, 449 page Internal Affairs investigation into the February 16, 2016 Petrenko home invasion has been sent forward for review by final decision maker, LT. TROY PRICE, with an expectation for findings on or around March 31, 2017.   Lt. Troy Price is the direct supervisor of Sgt. Andy Hamlin, the named subject in the investigation, and as such, a finding of misconduct could reflect negatively upon him as Sgt. Hamlin's direct supervisor. 

The serious allegations in this complaint, brought forth by fellow VPD Officers, Bill O'Meara and  Robert Block, include violations of the following:

7.13.3 CONFORMANCE TO LAWS 
12.03.00 RESPECT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Due to the profound public importance of this matter, I urge you to consider an independent, unbiased, 3rd party reviewer/decision maker for Internal Affairs file #2016-0014. Excerpts from officer interviews included in the complaint that are indicative of the critical need for outside review are included below. Also attached are the video of the February 16, 2016 warrantless, forced entry into the Petrenko home, and the recorded Internal Affairs Interviews with Officer complainants O'Meara and Block in their entirety.

I look forward to your reply regarding my request.

Respectfully submitted,

Traci Eccles, concerned resident of Clark County, Vancouver, WA



VPD Officer Bill O’Meara: Statements regarding PROBABLE CAUSE

Ofc. O'Meara: ... There wasn’t even enough to write a search warrant. I mean there was no cause to even write a search warrant on this house to go inside. And the DV unit shows up and now they’re breaching the window and tackling people. So one thing that, ah, Sergeant (Trump) said to me that was a little disturbing he says, “Well, you know, they looked at her, um, Facebook page and they - she had posted something, ah, previously in a previous assault with the husband where a black eye and - and - and - and, ah, there was some text messages.” And I said to him, “Sarge,” I said, “After the fact?” I mean that’s great if you want to do that research and develop probable cause for a search warrant but it’s almost like, you know, they usurped the law to go into this house and now they’re going to do all this back research.

Ofc. O'Meara:... There was no probable cause. There was no exigency. No com - no - absolutely no reason for community care taking. They clearly did not want us in that house, showed us that they were fine. She did not have a broken back. She didn’t have broken hands and you’ve got the DV unit storming the back window. And - and then manhandling people. And, you know, I found out the next day from a hallway briefing that the kids went to CPS and - and both parents got arrested. Husband on a misdemeanor, and - and I thought to myself, I mean, just to speak freely with you, Lieutenant, I mean that’s not why I got in this job to just bully people and - and take advantage of people’s rights. I mean it - it - it was disgusting to me. It was disgusting to me. Um, there was no reason for us to storm that house. In fact, it created an officer safety - and this was another discussion I had with, you know, as I’m briefing my - my student officer. Um, you know, it had the potential of creating concerns if you’re unlawfully entering somebody’s house and now you’re creating a situation, um, that didn’t have to be created in the first place because now you’re - you know, you’ve got these, ah, you know, Gestapo police storming your house. I mean it just - it was a bad situation altogether. And, um, there you go. I - I - I didn’t sleep that night.


Ofc. O'Meara: But I mean the whole time we are visually, we’re, you know, with our ears, we’re - we’re listening, we’re looking. Um, you know, we don’t want to leave, you know, if - if - if legitimately she’s injured or hurt inside. You know, we don’t want to leave the house but there was just nothing to substantiate it. There was nothing to - and even if I said, “Okay, you know what, we’re gonna write a warrant on the house,” that would not have been able to happen with the information that we had. There was no - nothing to establish probable cause for a search warrant to go inside that house. Nothing.

VPD Sgt. Andy Hamlin: Statements regarding PROBABLE CAUSE


Sgt. Kipp: You outlined that Detective Aldridge conducted further follow up investigation by speaking with family members via telephone, and with others that had arrived on scene, and after relaying this information to you, you believed there was probable cause to arrest Mr. Petrenko for assault for domestic violence.  Aside from what Detective Aldridge told you, did you obtain or observe any investigative information throughout your interaction with Mr. Petrenko and Ms. Salyers that would independently support this decision?

Sgt. Hamlin: No, not with my contact with them, no.

Sgt. Kipp: I guess the question is during - while you were at this call, aside from what Detective Aldridge had gathered on the side, did you observe or take any information on your own that supported the decision to go in?  Aside from what…

Sgt. Hamlin: So, from - from Salyers and Petrenko or from other officers?

Sgt. Kipp: Salyers and Petrenko and what - their statements and what you observed?

Sgt. Hamlin: No, there was nothing, other than, you know, the minor injury to her hand, um, and their demeanor, there was nothing that - I - I didn't spend a lot of time talking to them.  There was nothing that they said that alluded to the fact that they had had a physical altercation earlier in the day.

Sgt. Kipp: Okay.



IAC 2016-0014 Officer O'Meara



Memoirs of an Innocent Man by Dr. Ray Spencer was officially released February 6th on Amazon ~ A first-hand account of Clark County and Washington State's most notorious wrongful conviction.



What happens in Clark County, WA when 
[as stated in a 2010 ABC 20/20 episode] "the lead investigator is out to make a name for herself"

...the exact same thing that is happening right now:  Innocent people are being wrongfully convicted of crimes based on false testimony & evidence fabricated by "Lead Detective" Aldridge.
More than 30 years have passed since the wrongful conviction of Ray Spencer for crimes that DID NOT OCCUR, yet the same Clark County, WA playbook for arrests and malicious prosecution of the innocent is still in use.  It is time to end this pattern of abuse by individual Law Enforcement Officers who operate outside of legal and ethical boundaries.

Clark County, WA Liability Clock

Compounding Liability

John Garrett Smith was convicted in a bench trial of Attempted Murder II, based on claims that - even as they were presented at trial - could not have occurred... and certainly should not have led to such a conviction. 

When you add the post conviction discovery of exculpatory evidence (intentionally hidden by Deputy Prosecutor, Jennifer Nugent, Lead Detective, Sandra Aldridge, and Defense Attorney, Josephine Townsend) Garrett Smith's conviction is absolutely absurd. 

THE DEPUTY PROSECUTOR IN GARRETT SMITH'S CASE WAS TERMINATED FROM HER POSITION AT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROSECUTION CENTER UNDER A SHROUD OF SECRECY SHORTLY AFTER SMITH'S CONVICTION... 

THE LEAD DETECTIVE, SANDRA ALDRIDGE, HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED BY INTERNAL AFFAIRS FOR COMPLAINTS OF MISCONDUCT IN AT LEAST 5 SEPARATE CASES AND HAS BEEN NAMED AS DEFENDANT IN THREE FEDERAL CIVIL LAWSUIT SINCE SMITH'S CONVICTION... 

AND DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOSEPHINE TOWNSEND, WHO PLAYED THE KEY ROLE IN SECURING HER OWN CLIENT'S CONVICTION, FACED FELONY CHARGES REGARDING ACTIONS IN A SEPARATE CASE FOLLOWING SMITH'S CONVICTION...


This level of questionable conduct comes as no surprise when you look closely at the "evidence" (or lack there of) upon which Garrett Smith's December 3rd, 2014 conviction was fraudulently achieved. Click on "JGS: EVIDENCE OF INNOCENCE" in the menu bar above.

John Garrett Smith's wrongful conviction was reversed and remanded back to Clark County Superior Court on October 4, 2016.  Smith is still awaiting release from prison while the Prosecutor's office continues to put forth fraudulent evidence in an attempt to exhaust every feeble avenue to dispute a unanimous decision by the Court of Appeals Division II. The October 4th COA II opinion in the Smith case carries with it a change in case law that is already being used by prosecutors across Washington State, making it even more unlikely that any higher court will reverse the decision.

We teach our children that when they make a mistake, or do something wrong, they should own up to it, face the consequences, and learn from it. When it comes to misconduct and malicious prosecution leading to wrongful conviction of the innocent, the Clark County Prosecutor's Office demonstrates an indifference and lack of accountability that is disgraceful.

This is more than a criminal justice system issue. Failure to intervene by local and State leaders results in added liability for Clark County and its citizens.

Back Alley DV Deal

The wrongful conviction of John Garrett Smith (and countless others) is a direct result of the corrupt and unchecked bad acts of LEAD DETECTIVE SANDRA ALDRIDGE with the Vancouver, WA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROSECUTION CENTER.  Evidence of this behavior has been revealed as a pattern and practice that violates the law, and disregards civil rights guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and Washington State.


The STATE (Clark County Prosecutor) must decide whether to bring forth charges and demand a retrial of John Garrett Smith. It is with excited anticipation that Garrett's friends, family and supporters await this decision. Not only is it an opportunity to present literally mountains of evidence suppressed in a collaborative effort by the prosecution, defense and judiciary,  but this time... 
THE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING! 

Stay tuned for a sampling of the motivating factors, outrageous omissions and blatant perjury that allowed for the wrongful conviction of John Garrett Smith in a 2014 bench trial with sole trier of "fact" Judge Robert A. Lewis.
For more examples of the ANONYMOUS comments left on Garrett's Voice in an attempt to distract from police misconduct and further harass this reporter and those whose experiences are featured in blog posts, click on "Color of Law" Cyber-Stalkers in the menu bar above.