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Otto Zehm — 2 Years Later

Otto Zehm died two years ago today after a series of events that started at a cash machine outside a bank in north Spokane. The death of the 36-year-old mentally disabled janitor triggered public demands for a full-time police ombudsman, launched a federal criminal investigation, and prompted a $2.9 million damage claim against the city. While those issues remain unresolved on this two-year anniversary, a clearer picture is emerging about the events leading to Zehm’s death. There appears to be general agreement that the tragedy involved misperceptions, miscommunication and mistakes/Bill Morlin, Spokesman-Review. More here

Hear: Doug Clark’s “Ballad of Otto Zehm” (scroll down and click on link)

Question: When it’s all said and done, what will be Otto Zehm’s legacy?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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