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Karl Thompson’s testimony resumes today

Karl Thompson is back on the stand right now as prosecutors finish cross examination. Get minute-by-minute updates here.

Thompson's testimony began Thursday:

YAKIMA – After more than five years of videotape review and federal allegations of a police coverup, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. on Thursday explained his actions against Otto Zehm before a jury.

In his first public comments since his statement to detectives four days after the March 18, 2006, confrontation with Zehm, Thompson gave new justifications for his use of force that day and acknowledged that he erred in some of his descriptions of how he struck Zehm with a baton and Tasered him during a prolonged struggle.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.


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