Otto Zehm

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.


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  • Public to pay for Thompson’s defense

    The Spokane police officer facing federal charges related to the death of Otto Zehm was arraigned today in federal court.


  • Officer on desk duty pending trial

    The Spokane police officer facing federal charges in connection with the 2006 death of Otto Zehm will remain on the city’s payroll but has been reassigned to desk duty while …


  • Officer given desk duty while awaiting trial

    The Spokane police officer facing federal charges in connection with the 2006 death of Otto Zehm will remain on the city’s payroll but has been reassigned to desk duty while …


  • Protesters call for police oversight

    More than 100 people gathered in front of Spokane City Hall on Thursday evening to rally for police accountability and changes to an oversight process they see as flawed. Carrying …


  • Protesters rally for police accountability

    More than 100 protesters gathered in front of Spokane City Hall Thursday night to rally for police accountability and changes to an oversight process they see as flawed.


  • Officer has lengthy, varied police career

    Karl Thompson was at the top of his basic training academy class in 1997 when he was hired at 49 to join the Spokane Police Department’s uniformed division. Thompson brought …


  • Doug Clark: As city bungles Zehm incident, Apple shows some polish

    Before telling you how you can still get an Otto button, I want to compliment a city official. I know. An unrigged Iranian election is easier to find than kind …


  • In brief: Rally will promote police accountability

    The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, along with more than 10 community groups and the family of Shonto Pete, are planning a police accountability rally today from 5 …


  • Dual legal role is under scrutiny

    Spokane’s City Council president called Tuesday for a new look at a lawyer’s dual role in the Otto Zehm case. Carl Oreskovich is handling the case from two angles: He’s …


  • Shogan questions lawyer’s dual role in Zehm case

    Spokane’s City Council president called Tuesday for a new look at a lawyer’s dual role in the Otto Zehm case.


  • Feds indict Zehm officer

    A Spokane police officer should stand trial on charges of violating the civil rights of mentally ill janitor Otto Zehm and lying about the confrontation that resulted in Zehm’s death, …


  • Doug Clark: Glimpse of justice rises from great travesty

    Well, hallelujah! Turns out a brute with a badge can’t just get away with thumping and shocking the hell out of an innocent, mentally ill janitor in this town.


  • Officials defend police response

    Spokane leaders Monday continued to defend police actions during the 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm, despite a federal indictment of one of the officers involved in the incident. They qualifed …


  • Spokane leaders stick by accused officer

    Spokane leaders on Monday continued to defend police actions during the 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm, despite a federal indictment of one of the officers involved in the incident.


  • Feds indict Zehm officer

    A Spokane Police officer should stand trial for violating the civil rights of mentally ill janitor Otto Zehm and for lying to cover up his actions during a confrontation that …


  • Zehm to blame for fight with officers, city says

    Otto Zehm is responsible for the events that led up to his death while in police custody, the city of Spokane said Friday as it asked a federal court to …


  • City asks to dismiss Zehm case

    The city of Spokane asked a federal court to dismiss the lawsuit over the death of Otto Zehm, a developmentally disabled janitor who died while in police custody. Attorneys for …


  • City approves $200,000 for defense in Zehm case

    The Spokane City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay up to $200,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit resulting from the death of Otto Zehm, who died in police …


  • Lawsuit filed in Otto Zehm death

    A federal civil rights suit against the city of Spokane and nine of its police officers says Otto Zehm died three years ago when police officers used batons and Tasers …


  • City sued over Otto Zehm death

    A federal civil rights damages suit was filed this afternoon against the city of Spokane and nine of its police officers by the estate of the late Otto Zehm.


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