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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  • Enhanced Zehm video released

    The city of Spokane released the “enhanced” surveillance video Friday that Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker previously said he would use to help him decide whether to file charges against …


  • New evidence delays Zehm decision

    The FBI has found new evidence in the fatal struggle between mentally ill janitor Otto Zehm and seven Spokane police officers, prompting Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker to again delay …


  • Review of Zehm probe on hold

    The independent review ordered by Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession of Otto Zehm’s death will have to wait, too. A hired consultant told Hession on Wednesday he won’t review the Police …


  • No charges in Zehm death

    None of the seven Spokane police officers involved in the March 18 fatal confrontation with mentally-ill janitor Otto Zehm will be charged unless Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker gets new …


  • Use of rebreather mask restricted for firefighters

    Spokane firefighters are under new orders to no longer use a so-called “anti-spitting” device like the one strapped to the face of Otto Zehm, who died two days after lapsing …


  • Doug Clark: When will Timid Tucker get off the pot?

    And now for the latest speed bump in the case of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died at the hands of the police last March in a north …


  • Caruso criticizes Zehm case delay

    Democratic challenger Bob Caruso ripped Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker on Friday, saying the Republican incumbent has waited long enough to decide whether to file any criminal charges in connection …


  • Mask ruled out as cause of Zehm’s death

    A plastic mask with a dime-size hole apparently did not cause Otto Zehm to stop breathing during his fatal March 18 confrontation with Spokane police officers, the medical examiner has …


  • Charges in Zehm case likely to wait

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker probably won’t decide whether to charge Spokane police officers involved in the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm until Anne Kirkpatrick takes over as police chief …


  • Prosecutor candidates weigh in on Zehm

    One of the Democratic candidates for Spokane County prosecutor said he would have expanded the Otto Zehm investigation if he were prosecutor. Local attorney Bob Caruso, 68, said Monday that …


  • Doug Clark: Ballad of a simple, luckless man

    As with most of my musical endeavors, the decision to write an original song about the death of Otto Zehm at the hands of Spokane police came while strumming a …


  • Zehm held pop bottle

    The pop bottle has appeared. A video released Thursday shows Otto Zehm had a 2-liter plastic bottle in his hands as he lay on his back in the initial stages …


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