Mood: on fire
HOW CAN THE KING COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE VIOLATE A DEPUTIES (WASHINGTON STATE) AND THEN WRONGFULLY TERMINATE HIM FOR IT?
This is a true factual story and I encourage everyone to look into the unjust Sheriffs Office Practices. I will be more than willing to contact anyone personally but due to a potential pending lawsuit I prefer to remain anonymous at this time. I will respond via email and if given a phone number, have no problem talking over the phone.
So I am writing out of utter frustration. I would like to know how the citizens of King County would feel if the Sheriffs Office decided to violate their civil rights and then punish them for it.
April of 2008 a person I know (Raymond L. Grimm) working as a KCSO Deputy notified hisof a “nasty” divorce he was going thru and showed a text message to his shift Sergeant about how his now ex wife was “going to have him fired” and the shift Sergeant pulled him from the streets to make a “formal notification letter” of the events in his personal life and how his soon to be ex continually harassed him with threats of getting him fired. This letter was read by the chain of command.
On May 19th 2008 while Deputy Grimm was on duty working his district, his ex repeatedly called Precinct 3 in Sergeants to come to their house and retrieve his belongings. His ex told his chain of command he refused to come get his belongings but in fact he has numerous text messages where she said she would get a protection order against him if he came to the house which is a CAREER ENDER. Now, the first issue I have with this is that they lived in , second issue I have is it is in the City Municipality of Buckley. And really…..why would the police get involved in Civil Matters like personal belongings? I would imagine if I called to get them to come retrieve items, I would get told it isn’t a police matter and to take it up with my ex or his attorney. DEPUTY GRIMM HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF HIS DEPARTMENT GOING TO HIS HOUSE. THIS IS A DUAL CONSENT STATE.to get the
So, at about 6pm May 19th his ex finally got a Captain and a Sergeant to agree to go pick up his property. After she was denied by numerous Shift Sergeants. They retrieved 11 BOXES of items and NEVER conducted an inventory of the 11 boxes until the boxes were back at the Precinct. (Which means anything could be added and blamed on Deputy Grimm). Instead of giving the boxes to him they went through all of it. Mind you, there were over 500 pieces of PERSONAL property. Bank statements, tax returns, credit card bills, Bankruptcy documents, Medical records, Pilot records, Military records (things no person should have the embarrassment of their boss/employers viewing). 1 box was not returned until after 2 weeks.
The King County Sheriffs Office DID NOT give a courtesy call to notify Buckley PD they were entering their district. They DID NOT have a. The Deputy wasn’t even ordered out his home by a Judge until June 10th 2008. They in essence retrieved few items which were County Property, all of which this Officer was SIGNED OUT FOR. Like some bullets, some blank forms, some flares, and copies of his work, ect.
They called him into the Precinct the night of May 19th and gave him 3 boxes which contained copies of case work and 2 boxes of bullets which he had a right to have. They said they weren’t finished going thru the rest. Last time I checked, you need a search warrant to get items from a person’s house and take it in as evidence or whatever. Not to mention, supposedly the Sheriff put an end to them going thru the rest of his boxes, lets be real, we all know they did. They even took the liberty to question him as to why he had personal financial record of other officers. Well if their nosey self’s needed to know, he had written mortgages at one time for these officers. He had a legal right to maintain a copy of the financial documents for his mortgage business.
Here’s where it gets interesting:
They left him on the streets for 6 MONTHS after this occurred. The day before Thanksgiving, he was at roll call at 1pm and told nothing but gets called into the Precinct at record department, he must not have done it”. There is a chance of human error as the Sheriffs Dept has no formal route for turning in case work.and put on Admin Leave because of the items they retrieved from his home. A parking ticket or two he didn’t turn in, a few rolls of film undeveloped (of which the County has NO POLICY for developing film). They “CLAIMED” there were 2 wallets in the said boxes of which they could not link to Deputy Grimm through the owners of those items but still said it was “found property” he never turned in when in fact, anyone could have added those to the boxes since no inventory was done from his home. They did an incredibly shoddy investigation which was very un thorough and no where complete. It seems they had in a sense given up. Their investigation relied on “If it wasn’t in the
This is an Officer who spent 10 years putting his life on the line for all of us and never once in 10 years had a civilian complaint or an excessive use of force. He loved his job and gave it his all.
On April 1st 2009, after almost 5 months on Admin Leave the Sheriff Sue Rahr decided to fire him. As she “believed he was dishonest in his investigation”. Ok, where did she have a right to investigate him (ALL ITEMS WERE OBTAINED ILLEGALLY)? IIU went all the way back to 1999. Most of their complaints on his work, (mind you ALL PAPERWORK) was prior to 2005. If his work was so horrible, how come his direct Sergeants were never held accountable for disciplining him? How come nothing in 2008 was part of the investigation?
His ex father in-law decided to write a FALSE statement to the Sheriff to help get him fired and send it to ALL KING COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS. I sure hope they looked into the accusations because it was False. I know first hand the story was a lie but I wonder if anyone got off their butt to see for themselves. That letter ended up being about the 3rd page in his Investigation for everyone to read and judge him. The letter accuse him of breaking into his own residence and stealing his ex’s jewelry yet when Deputy Grimm contacted the Chief of Buckley PD, he was told it was an INFO ONLY CASE, NO SIGNS OF FORCED ENTRY AND NO ITEMS SEEEMED TO BE MISSING PER HIS EX WIFE.
Here’s my true heartburn. How can you enter someone’s household in a dual consent state and take their belongings and then in essence “prosecute” them for it. He lost his job. He lost his life because of Sue Rahr. I thought if the police came to my home, they damn well better have a search warrant. How can Deputies remain on Patrol that beat the crap out of a teenager but she decides to fire a good cop over paperwork?
So more recently Sue Rahr decided she would now take away the reason for his termination of DISHONESTY but he has to sign away his right to sue her both for his job back as well as in a Civil Rights Violation Lawsuit. That leaves some paperwork issues. KCSO is a progressive discipline department and if the DISHONESTY claim was taken away, why wouldn’t she give him his job back but use time without pay. Deputy Grimm has only received discipline for turning in a “late case report” in 2005. A common practice among KCSO is time without pay and then termination. Seems to me it’s a black mail tactic considering elections for Sheriff start next month.
How does the Sheriff violate her own employees Civil Rights something NO OTHER OFFICER could do to us without the department being sued and the officer most likely being fired? Where is the justice? I have no faith left in the Sheriff. She is a disgrace to her uniform. To date the Sheriffs Office has had 11 termination arbitrations during Sue Rahrs short term in office and has only won 1 of them. That results in 10 on her part. I encourage the Citizens of to request Public Disclosure of just how many wrongful termination law suits Sue Rahr has had to pay out because she made a wrong decision. I love how the County had a huge budget cut taking Officers OFF THE STREETS protecting us when she is paying out Millions in lawsuit settlements to her own employees. When is she held accountable? When does she have to OWN UP to her mistakes? It makes me sick to my stomach to watch this once Deputies life fall to pieces because it’s all he knows as a job. 11 years serving our country in the United States Army with an impeccable record and numerous awards and 10 years keeping us citizens of King County safe. He is now a lost soul in my opinion.
I will not stop writing until someone can uncover the unjust ways of the King County Sheriffs Office. I am disgusted to be a citizen here as I feel like the Sheriff has different rules for everyone. Where is law? Why isn’t the LAW being upheld let alone the Constitution of the United States of America?
A TERMINATED POLICE OFFICER WILL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT JOB AS THEY THEN BECOME A LIABILITY.
Frustrated King County Citizen
If anyone decides to publish this story please email me so I know I am being heard!