To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm was indefensible, the department’s own instructors and the city’s legal advisers have insisted that Spokane police officers were justified and handled the encounter appropriately. Here is how Spokane police Officer Terry Preuninger, a department training instructor, defended Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s decision to beat and shock the retreating Zehm: “If the officer believes that they were in danger, then that use of force would be authorized,” Preuninger told a federal jury in October, adding that there doesn’t have to be a “factual basis” for the officer’s fear of harm. Read more
Age: 41City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Former Congressional aide
Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1992. Bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College in 1996.
Career: Former district director and deputy chief of staff for Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from 2005 until this year. Real estate investor.
Military: Served in U.S. Army from 1996 though 2005, including as a company commander at a combat support hospital.
Political: This is Condon’s first run for office. Serves on several boards, including SNAP (the organization previously known as Spokane Neighborhood Action Program, Inland Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross, Friend of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and the Morning Star Boys Ranch.
Family: Married. Has two young children.
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