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.
Fri., Aug. 7, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident
When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual …
Fri., July 24, 2015
Condon, Straub lead Spokane delegation to White House to highlight police reforms
Efforts to reform the police department and enhance community involvement have made Spokane a national model, said Mayor David Condon and police Chief Frank Straub, who were at the White …
Tue., July 14, 2015
Doug Clark: First-time author underscores the importance of the Otto Zehm case
I received a vitriolic voice mail message when I last brought that name up in a column. “Otto Zehm,” the caller scoffed. “Nobody cares about Otto Zehm anymore.”
Thu., June 18, 2015
Three members of police oversight panel, including Rachel Dolezal, asked to resign
Spokane’s independent police oversight panel is in turmoil. Three of its five members, including former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, likely will be removed by the City Council if they …
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015
Spokane Use of Force Commission wraps up with praise for police progress
In its final meeting before it disbands, the city’s Use of Force Commission lauded the improvements made by the Spokane Police Department in the last two years. But members also …
Thu., Nov. 15, 2012, 7:51 p.m.
Federal prosecutor says Spokane has good police force
U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby, whose office handled the excessive force prosecution of former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson, took deliberate steps Thursday to praise the trustworthiness of the local police …
Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, 11:08 a.m.
Police guild “circled the wagons” after Zehm
In addition to revelations that Spokane Police detectives were feeding information about the Zehm investigation to Officer Karl F. Thompson, Jr., the grand jury testimony of Detective Jeff Harvey had …
Fri., Oct. 12, 2012, 4:22 p.m.
Thompson supporters invited to potluck
UPDATE: Potluck for Thompson canceled. Officer John Gately just called Friday afternoon to say that the Nov. 3 event “An Evening with Karl” F. Thompson Jr. has been canceled. “It …
Thu., Oct. 11, 2012, 8 a.m.
Oreskovich gets another week to file
The defense attorneys of former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. have blamed a faulty email program for missing the deadline last Friday to file any objections to the …
Wed., Sept. 19, 2012, 12:21 p.m.
Now on to the penalty phase …
For nearly a year, former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has avoided sentencing on his federal convictions for using excessive force in the beating of Otto Zehm and …
U.S. Attorney’s Office asks for stay in civil case (includes correspondence requesting to meet with mayor)
U.S. Attorney’s Office filing from September 2009 requesting a stay in the civil case involving the death of Otto Zehm. Includes email correspondence in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Durkin requests to meet with Mayor Mary Verner, City Council President Joe Shogan and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. “We were concerned that the subject of a serious criminal investigation was being provided confidential information at public taxpayer expense,” Durkins writes in one email.
Declaration about Zehm’s cause of death
Declaration by Dr. Daniel Davis about Otto Zehm’s cause of death filed Aug. 12, 2011. Includes a timeline of the video.
Declaration of Assistant Police Chief Nicks
Declaration of Jim Nicks, assistant chief of the Spokane Police Department.
Brief for Thompson seeking to exclude evidence
Prosecutor’s brief in response to request to exclude evidence
Replying to a brief filed by Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorney in response to a government filing seeking to include evidence in Thompson’s excessive force case.