Good morning, Netizens...
First, before I revisit the sordid tale of how Otto Zehm was killed by the Spokane Police Department, I'm going to point you in a direction which I feel everyone needs to read. First, browse to http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/apr/15/feds-testimony-altered/?documents and realizing that it is a large PDF document and because it will take a considerable amount of time to digest, brace yourself and download the PDF file to your computer.
While you are at it, you might also read Thomas Clouse's excellent article in the Spokesman relating to what we, prior to this time, have suspected but lacking evidence, could never prove. Browse to http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/apr/15/feds-testimony-altered/ and take out your notebooks. There is a lot to be digested here.
Karl Thompson notwithstanding, there are a well-known cast of miscreants in the story listed above and especially in the PDF file. There are allegations of trickery, deception, outright lying and altered public records, and these are allegedly just the members of the Spokane Police Department. Then there is that despicable Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi, of whom it is alleged he directly ignored repeated attempts to obtain public records and perhaps may have even conspired with others to thwart the federal grand jury investigation. Read the PDF. It gets worse than that.
According to preliminary findings, there was no allegations of aggressive behavior shown by Otto Zehm against police. However, there is ample proof on the Zip Trip videotapes that police beat the crap out of Otto Zehm while he attempted to protect his head and face from repeated blows with a 2 liter Pepsi bottle. All he wanted was a candy bar and a bottle of pop. Instead he ended up dead.
Kudos to Mr. Clouse for going with this controversial story and to Jeanie for advising me while I was away at work. This all makes me even more hungry for the truth once the Grand Jury returns with an opinion.
Rest in Peace, Otto. At least., based upon the information we now have, you might actually have a chance at the justice you so richly deserve.