Following a letter sent to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on behalf of the family of Ryan Holyk, which requests Scott Maclay to stop using Ryan Holyk's name to further its "political agenda", KHQ reached Scott Maclay, on the phone for comment. Upon being told about the letter, Maclay's first response was, "then stop sending us money."
Scott Maclay is a founding member of the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club in Spokane County. The club, and Maclay, have been outspoken detractors of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and especially Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Maclay says he believes the Sheriff helped cover up details surrounding the death of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk. The teen was killed in a bicycle crash last May. At first, it looked like he was hit by a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car. But an investigation showed the teen simply lost control of the bike and fell off on his own, the patrol car never touched him.
But Scott Maclay doesn't believe it. "We're working with the Department of Justice," he says, "to get the Holyk investigation reopened." Maclay believes Sheriff Knezovich has been abusing his position and routinely covers up for his deputies. "This is not fun," Maclay says. "This is not my hobby. I would really like to see a use of force committee, a real one. And not this smoke and mirrors thing that [Sheriff] Ozzie's got going."
Maclay says he's not sure what to make of the letter sent, apparently, from an attorney representing the Holyk family to the Sheriff. "There are members of the Holyk family funding our activities," he says. He says he can't be sure, but he suspects that Ryan's mother, Carrie Thomson, is just exhausted. "I speak with Carrie Thompson from time to time. She has not stated anything of what you just read to me. I think she's hurting. I think she's really suffering."
KHQ contacted Michael Maurer, the lawyer for the Holyk family, to ask about Maclay's response to the letter and he stated, "My clients did initially support Mr. Maclay, then when they learned of his political agenda they disassociated themselves and have not been providing funds of any type."
Maclay's name came up last month when he promised to start throwing teal-colored volleyballs at the patrol cars of Sheriff's deputies who are driving recklessly. He told KHQ Thursday his club has yet to throw one ball. He said their intent was to "bring attention to the deputies speeding without lights and sirens." The night Holyk died, Maclay says a sheriff's deputy was driving recklessly, without lights or siren, and that contributed the Holyk's death. The volleyball program was controversial, with some on Facebook applauding Maclay and others condemning him. "Why am I in hot water for trying to stop the officers that are supposed to be looking out for my community?" Maclay says. "For threatening to throw a volleyball in front of their car? The volleyball represents children. When is the Sheriff going to say 'look this may have been a problem, but it's not a problem anymore. it stops here.' Why doesn't the Sheriff do that?"
Maclay says with the loss of her son, the publicity the Rattlesnake Club has garnered and a lawsuit pending between the Holyk's and Spokane County, Carrie Thomson is stretched beyond thin. But he also says the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club is not backing down.
"At this point we can't back out," Maclay says. "We've come too far and we're too close to getting the DOJ involved. We've been contacted by a lot of people in law enforcement, the SPD, the City Council and more, and they're telling us they're almost at the tipping point, don't give it up. They're telling us keep it up."
The next big move for the club is a "Justice for Ryan" demonstration and protest Monday night at Central Valley High School. He says plans are very much still on, despite this letter from the Holyk family. "Look, I'm trying to respect Carrie's interest, but again, when we sat down with we went over how ugly we thought this would get when we went after law enforcement, and I'm sure she's tired, but she gave us permission to move forward and the family has funded us to move forward and we are moving forward."
KHQ has reached out to the attorney representing the Holyk family to ask if any of Maclay's claims of financial support are true. We are awaiting a response.