The latest example of the Press’s indifference to factual reporting can be found in today’s story headlined Arfee owner sues city over dog’s death. The article by Keith Cousins states, “A Washington-based attorney for Craig Jones, owner of the dog shot and killed by Officer Dave Kelley, has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $350,000 from the city of Coeur d’Alene.”
Really? In which court has this “lawsuit” been filed?
We ask, because in contrast to the Press’s “close enough for Coeur d’Alene” version of facts, The Spokesman-Review is reporting in its story headlined Owner files $350,000 claim in police shooting of dog Arfee that Arfee’s owner Craig Jones has filed a claim, not a lawsuit. There is a difference. Here is a copy of the Notice of Claim filed with the City. If the City denies or otherwise disputes Mr. Jones’ claim and if they cannot reach an agreeable settlement, then a lawsuit may be filed.
The Spokesman-Review article reported that if and when a lawsuit is filed against the City, it will likely be in federal court. A check of PACER reveals no federal lawsuit filing by Mr. Jones, but that would be a smart move by Mr. Jones. Our guess, however, is that the City and Mr. Jones will reach a claim settlement acceptable to both. It will be fascinating to see if and how the Coeur d’Alene Press reports it.