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The path to just\ice narrows…

Good morning, Netizens…


If it were up to me, this man, Karl F. Thompson, Jr. would already be serving a sentence in prison, eating prison chow and sleeping at nights carefully guarding his backside, not living in his plush house with his ex-wife who conveniently divorced Karl to shield his assets.


The Spokesman-Review has done a first-rate job of keeping this man, (Klubber) Karl F. Thompson, Jr. firmly affixed in the collective eyes of Spokane, and rightfully so. Kudos to journalists, editors, attorney’s and support staff of the SR for having helped bring us to this point in time. I admit this is one of my favorite pictures of Thompson. He is holding Otto Zehm's paycheck in his hand and to my way of seeing it, he has that look of a deer caught in your headlights just before impact with your car. Well, the impact may be drawing closer, what with the unsealing of the records of the jurors who sat in judgment of Karl F. Thompson. Karl is slowly running out of places to hide his culpability.


Karl was tried and convicted of using excessive force and lying to investigators during his encounter with Zehm, a 36-year-old janitor, who was beaten to a frazzle and then choked to death on the floor of a Zip Trip Store. There were lies, multiple attempts at obfuscating the truth from the jury that convicted Thompson. We may never truly know where to place all the blame for the death of Otto Zehm and the cover-up that followed.


There are some who undoubtedly will ask why I cannot let the death of Otto Zehm pass without comment or why I refuse to let Karl F. Thompson hide his guilt behind his attorney. Justice, even locked behind bars surrounded by semi-demonic inmates in a prison is still better than dying on the floor of a Zip Trip.



The rush to judgment…

Good morning, Netizens…

I was impressed with the lengthy story in the Spokesman-Review about Karl F. Thompson, Jr.’s career in law enforcement. Several prior glowing statements notwithstanding by Chief Ann Kirkpatrick regarding his 37 years of service to law enforcement, there are few people who would contest my statement that Thompson has been a professional lawmen of incredible acumen and skill for most of his adult life. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies and has attended the FBI Academy. If there is a poster child for the Spokane Police Department, Karl Thompson probably ranks right up near the top of the list.

Until he beat Otto Zehm senseless in the Zip Trip store and was later indicted by the Grand Jury, that is.

However, none of the allegations mean he is guilty until he receives a fair trial on the two charges he currently faces.

The convoluted trail of evidence, including the rest of the videotape from the Zip Trip store, other witnesses to the events that took place there and of course, the tearful history of the end of Otto Zehm’s life, which is what this is all about.

Or is it? Is Karl F. Thompson, Jr. the poster child of the Spokane Police Department he appears to be, or is he the unfortunate victim of flawed training programs which all Spokane Police Officers study?

I will say more about this later today, as I feel before we rush to commit judgment on Thompson, we need to understand the rationale behind his behavior.


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