While the actions of Hamlin, Aldridge and others depicted in the video are shocking and should cause extreme concern to VPD command staff and every law abiding citizen of Vancouver, Clark County, Washington State, and the United States of America, it is not the focus of my recent email directed to you.
By your statement that you have been updated on “these allegations” I trust you are referring to the allegations pertaining to Guido A. Bini and Traci D. Eccles including all current, active and ongoing Internal Affairs Complaint (IAC #s) which have stacked one on top of another over the course of two years, and many of which can be identified as acts of harassment and retaliation for previous complaints filed with the VPD.
In an effort to promote transparency regarding the complaints filed by ECCLES, entered into BLUE TEAM for investigation, and being reviewed on a weekly basis by you, pertaining only to ECCLES and BINI, please verify inclusion of the following as your basis to deny, once again, my request to put Hamlin and Aldridge on administrative leave pending the outcome of the below ongoing investigations into serious allegations of misconduct which include violations of state and federal law, some of which have not been resolved in over a year’s time:
IAC 14-0068(reopened 2/25/16 due to invalid disposition stating “this matter will be handled in court litigation”)
IAC 16-???? regarding the hundreds of unlawful entries of my personal, private information into the local, WACIC and NCIC criminal database from VPD terminals regarding which an ACCESS misuse investigation is currently underway.
Thank you for your quick response to my serious concerns for my own safety.
[Incidentally, it is important to note that law enforcement did seize the iPhone source of the video recorded by ilya Pechenko and erased all evidence of VPD wrongdoing from the device. As in the case of Garrett Smith, proof of this criminal act was recovered from the iCloud after its illegitimate destruction by law enforcement.]
On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 7:44 AM, McElvain, James <James.McElvain@cityofvancouver.us> wrote:
Dear Ms. Eccles,
Following receipt of your email yesterday morning, I met with Lieutenant Creager and was updated on the status of these allegations. The Profession Standards Unit is aware of the circumstances and investigating accordingly. Moreover, the Department considers all available information in making decisions to relieve employees from duty. As this point, there is no decision to do so in this case.
James P. McElvain, Ph.D. | Chief of Police
Valor, Professionalism, Duty
CITY OF VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
605 E. Evergreen Blvd. • Vancouver, WA, 98661
From: Traci Eccles [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2016 7:22 AM
To: McElvain, James
Subject: Fwd: STOP HARASSMENT BY VPD HAMLIN & ALDRIDGE
I have requested multiple times, PER YOUR OWN INTERNAL AFFAIRS POLICIES, that you put Detective Aldridge and Sgt. Hamlin on administrative leave. Each time we have discovered a deeper level of criminal activity under the Color of Law committed by them, they retaliate against us and others at a deeper level. On behalf of Garrett Smith and Dominique Massey (who continue to be retaliated against in prison), Ilya and Stephanie (in the video), Amanda Quintanilla (who filed a complaint in May 2015 after the exact same incident happened at her home–WITH THE EXACT SAME OFFICERS FEATURED IN THE VIDEO), and Guy and I, take these individuals off active duty so that the damage left in their wake will finally be stopped and dealt with.
Please inform me of what action will be taken TODAY to ensure the safety of innocent citizens of Vancouver. Thank you.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Traci Eccles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 8:19 AM
Subject: STOP HARASSMENT BY VPD HAMLIN & ALDRIDGE
To: “Leavitt, Tim” <email@example.com>
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PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION, WATCH THE VIDEO, AND FORWARD TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO PROTECT US AND OTHERS FROM CONTINUED HARASSMENT AND ABUSE.
Sgt. Andy Hamlin and Detective Sandra Aldridge (at the window in this video) are the same two officers whose perjured testimony and bizarrely false police reports put John Garrett Smith—AN INNOCENT MAN—in prison for a crime that did not occur.
Sgt. Andy Hamlin and Detective Sandra Aldridge are the same to VPD officers who wrongfully arrested Guy Bini in downtown Vancouver on May 7th, 2014 on a false charge of FELONY CYBERSTALKING (based on the blog “GARRETT’S VOICE” that was created and authored not by Guy Bini but by ME, Traci Eccles) The charge was exonerated by Clark County Superior Court…AFTER Guy spent 3 days in jail and we paid $1000 on a bail bond which was never reimbursed.
Sgt. Andy Hamlin and Detective Sandra Aldridge are the same who then initiated a second false arrest of Guy Bini in October of 2014 on alleged charges of MISDEMEANOR Cyberstalking as MY BLOG “Garrett’s Voice” continued to gain viewers and supporters across the country.
Sgt. Andy Hamlin and Detective Sandra Aldridge are the same officers who put both Guy and I (and the license plate numbers of both our vehicles) on a BOLO (Be On the LookOut) alert to all Clark County law enforcement agencies as an “OFFICER SAFETY RISK” (synonymous with “armed and dangerous”) with the false claims that we had made “death threats” against a prosecuting attorney. We have never been openly accused of or questioned about by anyone in law enforcement. By falsely warning police officers that we pose a threat to their safety and the public’s safety, this served as a method by which to put us on an official “HIT LIST” with law enforcement.
Sgt. Andy Hamlin and Detective Sandra Aldridge are the same officers who have been under Internal Affairs investigation with the Vancouver Police Department since March 31st of last year regarding serious complaints involving violations of VPD policy, state statutes, federal laws, the Peace Officer Code of Ethics, and the Constitutional rights of innocent people, yet they have been allowed to continue on full active duty throughout the still ongoing investigation.
Sgt. Andy Hamlin and Detective Sandra Aldridge are behind the unlawful use of the local, state, and federal CRIMINAL HISTORY DATABASE resulting an investigation to be opened two weeks ago mandated by the WASHINGTON STATE PATROL. This was prompted by a discovery that, through VPD and CRESA 911 secured terminals, Guy Bini’s and my (Traci Eccles’) personal information had been unlawfully and unethically run through the ACCESS criminal history database system over 1,000 times without a legitimate law enforcement purpose.
IF VPD COMMAND STAFF HAD ACTED ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN POLICIES, THE INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THIS VIDEO WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE VICTIM LIST OF THESE OFFICERS WHO OPENLY CLAIM TO BE ABOVE THE LAW AND UNWILLING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
VPD Internal Affairs Policy, as cited in “Vancouver Police Department Final Operations and Data Analysis Report” (March 2013) states,
“Upon concluding an investigation of a complaint, VPD policy provides that the complainant is to be contacted by the decision-making authority and advised of the findings and whether or not discipline resulted.”
According to VPD’s Blue Team complaint management system, complaints filed by both Bini and Eccles in May and June 2014 were closed without investigation and were determined to be “Inquiry” and “Unfounded” respectively. Bini’s complaint was cited in Blue Team record as closed on 10/22/2014. On 10/24/2014 at 7:54 AM, Eccles was pulled over within a quarter mile of her residence for a pre-text stop. An “alleged” BOLO (Be On the Look Out) alert went off on the officer’s radio stating probable cause for arrest of Guido Bini for misdemeanor Cyberstalking. Eccles was detained while VPD officers went to the residence and falsely arrested Bini for a second time. During nearly an hour being held at the scene of the traffic stop, Eccles was prohibited from touching her cell phone, and was denied a request to notify her employers that she would be late for work.
[Note: It was revealed at time of false arrest that Detective Aldridge initiated the BOLO and PC for arrest. It has been verified through record that there was no some BOLO in effect at that time, and no PC to arrest Bini for misdemeanor Cyberstalking has ever existed]
WAS THIS VPD’S PROCEDURAL NOTIFICATION THAT ECCLES’ AND BINI’S COMPLAINTS HAD BEEN CLOSED AND NO DISCIPLINARY ACTION WAS TAKEN—AT LEAST NOT AGAINST THE OFFICER WHO WAS THE SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINTS?
Was it coincidence that this erroneous event would occur within 48 hours of VPD’s closing of a serious complaint of harassment? That is highly unlikely when it is not an isolated occurrence…
A complaint was filed by Amanda Quintanilla in May of 2015 featuring an incident in which she, Dominique Massey, and their two small children were victims of highly questionable conduct of Sandra Aldridge, Sgt. Andy Hamlin and others The complaint had alleged harassment of the African American community and continued retaliation by VPD as a result of the filing of an internal affairs complaint. Quintanilla’s complaint was listed in Blue Team under “Biased Based Policing” and was assigned for investigation to none-other-than Sgt. Andy Hamlin who was a participant in, and signing supervisor to, the original police incident that was the basis for the allegations of harassment in the complaint. According to VPD’s Blue Team complaint management system, the investigation of this complaint was closed on August 27th, 2015.
On August 27th, 2015, the very day that the internal affairs complaint filed by Quintanilla was closed, Sgt. Andy Hamlin maneuvered the third arrest within 4 months of Dominique Massey, subject of the harassment described in Quintanilla’s complaint. According to Hamlin’s own probable cause statement, he had been following (stalking) Massey in the days leading up to this arrest— at the same time he was in charge of investigating whether Massey was being harassed by VPD.
UNLESS YOU COUNT THE NOTIFICATION BY RETALIATION FEATURED IN THE TWO EXAMPLES ABOVE, Bini, Eccles and Quintanilla were not informed regarding the closing dates and final dispositions of serious complaints of harassment by Detective Sandra Aldridge. Subsequently, complainants were deprived of the right to respond to and/or appeal the decisions, and more importantly, they became sitting ducks for the ambush that would follow in the form of retaliatory acts initiated by VPD officers Aldridge and Hamlin.
This is just one of many serious infractions in adherence to your own policies that has facilitated continued opportunities by Detective Sandra Aldridge and her right-hand-man Sgt. Andy Hamlin to proceed unchecked in their assault on the lives and reputations of innocent people.