Otto Zehm, a Spokane man with schizophrenia who worked as a janitor, died after a confrontation with police at a North Side Zip Trip store in March 2006.
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
Sue Lani Madsen: Time to discard outdated stereotypes about mental health
While the struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder is real, the stereotype of mental illness as the cause of violence is not. It’s a cringe-inducing link for those who know and …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Harrington to serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington
Longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington will serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington after Mike Ormsby was asked last Friday to resign by President …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4 a.m.
Craig Meidl faces political, salute-related challenges in bid for chief job
Craig Meidl will have to overcome a City Council that is at odds with the mayor over hiring authority and some members of the public still furious about his involvement …
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:27 a.m.
Doug Clark: Condon’s police chief pick is beyond a blunder – it’s egregious
Craig Meidl, Spokane Mayor David Condon’s ambush appointment for police chief, is now really, really sorry for being one of the four dozen SPD goons who, in 2011, saluted convicted …
Wed., March 16, 2016, 6 p.m.
Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes
With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.
Redacted Zehm 911 call
A redacted copy of the 911 call in the Otto Zehm incident released by Spokane police to the news media in July 2006.
Mary Verner: Otto Zehm
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner reacts to the federal grand jury indictment of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., the first of several officers to confront Otto Zehm, a 36-year-old Spokane man who died after that interaction with police.
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U.S. Attorney James McDevitt prefaces and reads the first count of the grand jury indictment against Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson in Otto Zehm’s injury while in police custody in 2006. Zehm later died from his injuries.
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U.S. Attorney James McDevitt reads the second count of the grand jury indictment against Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson in Otto Zehm’s injury while in police custody in 2006. Zehm later died from his injuries.
Bob Apple on Zehm case indictments
Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple talks Monday, June 22, 2009, about police Officer Karl Thompson’s indictment in the injuries to Otto Zehm while in police custody in 2006.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 5:27 p.m.
SPD Chief Craig Meidl’s full answer about the Karl Thompson salute
Newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology for the hurt caused by his salute of former officer Karl Thompson following Thompson’s conviction for violating civil rights in the …
Fri., Oct. 31, 2014, 3:47 p.m.
Thompson appeals Zehm verdict to U.S. Supreme Court
Former Spokane Police officer and current federal prison inmate Karl Thompson earlier this month filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of his excessive force conviction in the March …
Fri., May 9, 2014, 1:49 p.m.
Spokane looking for Police Ombudsman Commission volunteers
Spokane is looking for volunteers to serve on the new Police Ombudsman Commission. Applicants must undergo a background check and interviews. Application deadline is June 6 and city leaders want …
Fri., Aug. 30, 2013, 2:12 p.m.
Jailed Ridpath developer wants trial moved
Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys, who is jailed on federal charges alleging that he defrauded investors of millions of dollars, has asked a judge for a change of venue for his …
Wed., Jan. 2, 2013, 2:45 p.m.
Report: SPD lacks certified instructors
None of the Spokane Police Department’s defensive tactics instructors are certified by the state and may have relied on a flawed legal interpretation while teaching officers when it’s OK to …
Department of Justice audit of Spokane Police Department
The report delivered by the Department of Justice on Dec. 19, 2014, that is an audit of the Spokane Police Department.
Zehm settlement between City of Spokane and its insurance company
This settlement in the Zehm lawsuit was a separate agreement between the City of Spokane and its insurance company, the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania.
Settlement agreement to Zehm civil suit
Settlement between the City of Spokane and Otto Zehm Estate agreed to in May 2012.
Ruling: Thompson doesn’t owe restitution
U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle ruled March 11, 2013 that former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson will not have to pay restitution to the family of Otto Zehm.
Condon letter to Spokane Park Board
Spokane Mayor David Condon wrote this letter dated June 18, 2012 to the Spokane Park Board requesting that the board dedicate the picnic shelter at Mission Park in honor of Otto Zehm.