Shelton Police Officer Christopher Kostad is named in a federal civil rights lawsuite (case #:CV05752-RBL) for having kicked Vince Allen in the head while Mr. Allen was handcuffed lying face down on the ground.
Apparently the City of Shelton’s disregard for citizens’ basic human rights does not end with merely forcing them and their children to breathe ever increasing amounts of shit from the existing and planned downtown Simpson incinerators.
The lawsuit alleges Officer Christopher Kostad (who resides near what was planned as the Adage site) kicked Vince Allen in the head while the victim was handcuffed lying face down on the ground, breaking his jaw. (Accordingly, the City of Shelton promoted Officer Kostad to the rank of Detective.)
It describes how the Mason County Jail attempted to destroy the evidence by laundering the victim’s blood soaked clothing without his consent, manipulated his signing of documents in an effort to exculpate officer Kostad, and bullied the victim (& his attorney) when he sought incriminating documents through the public disclosure act.
The fact city of Shelton government turns a blind eye to such brutality, even rewarding the perpetrator(s), is telling and reveals a pattern of abuse that extends to other basic human rights violations such as air unfit for children to breathe.
Citizens need to enforce some serious spring cleaning in Shelton City Hall. Removing existing city commissioners responsible for/allowing such abuse would be a good start. Commissioner Pannell is running for Mayor but won’t admit her position on welcoming yet another incinerator into the midst of city residents. A candidate committed to protecting the community, residents, environment and air quality rather than acting as a knight errant for Simpson is sorely needed just now. Such a candidate must, of course, reside within the city limits.