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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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  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2009, 1 A.M.

    Feds unhappy with city attorney

    Federal prosecutors have grown increasingly critical of what they describe as questionable behavior by the Spokane Police Department’s chief legal adviser, who reportedly used his position to provide “traditionally confidential” …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

    Thompson supporters raise cash

    Friends of Otto Zehm wore small blue buttons that read “Otto” in support of the mentally ill janitor, after he died in 2006 following a struggle with Spokane police. Now …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009, 6:52 A.M.

    U.S. to pay cop’s counsel in federal Zehm case

    A federal magistrate ruled Thursday that the federal government should pay for the defense of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. as he faces felony charges stemming from the …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009, 3:04 P.M.

    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.


  • FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2009

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009, 7:30 P.M.

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009, 8:22 P.M.

    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.


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009, 9:52 P.M.

    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.


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

    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, …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

    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.


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

    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 …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009, 10:11 P.M.

    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.


  • MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009, 10:21 A.M.

    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 …