An important note was sent our way today regarding a recent allegation against a Kansas City police officer who has a "complicated" history and an alleged connection to the top office at city hall.
Here's the word from KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS . . .
"Officer Timothy Griddine of the KCMO PD was arrested on 3 felony charges on 10/16/2020. He is the on the KC Mayor's KCMO PD security detail. He was also involved in a sexual harassment law suit brought on by a female KCMO PD officer in which she won hundreds of thousands of dollars."
The message sent resources so we could verify the claim . . . We invite readers to check our work at the Johnson County Sheriff's website.
Additionally in order to fact check, TKC has reached out to KCPD in order to confirm that Officer Tim Griddine is employed with KCPD and assigned to the Patrol Bureau/ Central Patrol Division.
As for the mayor's security detail . . . That's a bit harder to confirm but a lot of officers are moved in and out of this assignment. The other info checks out so we're giving the tipster the benefit of the doubt.
Now, more importantly, here's a look at the charge . . .
The online document only states that the charge is identity theft. Just a bit of research shows us the many instances in Kansas where the identity theft charge is applicable: The 1998 Kansas Legislature passed a criminal statute recognizing that persons who have their identities stolen are victims. Identity theft, KSA 21-4018, is a Level 7 Person Felony.
Just like the po-po we advise that these are just charges and everyone is INNOCENT until proven guilty.
In researching this story, the KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER sent along more info for context.
Officer Griddine has been the subject of media scrutiny previously . . .
Here's an excellent report on the officer mentioned via one of the best reporters to ever work in Kansas City and a very nice lady that we now call a friend . . .
The story is worth a Sunday night read and confirms the harassment lawsuit allegations that confronted KCPD mentioned by the tipster.
Meanwhile, we share this info with our blog community as the conversation about police, the mayor's office and relations with the community becomes more intense as the election approaches.