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. 10, 2012
Thompson case: Juror claimed orders were ignored
The alternate juror who claimed last year’s trial of former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was marred by jury misconduct was unable to provide any specific examples of …
Fri., Aug. 10, 2012
Board approves Zehm memorial
Otto Zehm will be honored on the picnic shelter in Mission Park. The Spokane Park Board voted unanimously on Thursday to accept the recommendation of Mayor David Condon to honor …
Thu., Aug. 9, 2012
Clark: Thompson juror deserves kudos for speaking out
Please join me as I declare today – Aug. 9, 2012 – Diane Riley Appreciation Day. You still have to go to work, of course. City garbage pickups will continue …
Wed., Aug. 8, 2012
Juror speaks out against Thompson attorney
The forewoman of the jury that convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of using excessive force said in a letter to a federal judge that defense attorneys …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2012, 4:23 p.m.
Juror claims Thompson attorneys twisted words
The forewoman of the jury that convicted former Spokane Police officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of excessive force said in a letter to a federal judge that defense attorneys have …
Fri., July 27, 2012
Thompson jury query to be opened
The secretive query of jurors who convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will be made public after a federal judge decided Thursday to unseal court records. U.S. …
Thu., July 26, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Judge unseals Zehm records from secret hearings
A federal judge today opened the court files that he sealed regarding secret hearings held in Yakima to query jurors who convicted former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. …
Tue., July 10, 2012
Feds oppose delays to Thompson’s prison term
Federal prosecutors appear to be growing frustrated with the ongoing delays that have kept convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. out of prison. Eight months have passed since …
Sun., July 8, 2012
Park Board to consider Zehm memorial for Mission Park
The Spokane Park Board will consider a memorial for Otto Zehm on Monday, as was called for in a settlement between the city and Zehm’s estate. Mayor David Condon has …
Sat., June 23, 2012
Jury that convicted Thompson queried
The same week Spokane city officials and the family of Otto Zehm celebrated the settlement of a civil suit stemming from his death, a federal judge held a rare private …
Thu., June 14, 2012
Mayor delivers apology in person
Last week, Spokane Mayor David Condon hand-delivered to Ann Zehm what she has wanted for more than six years: an apology. Zehm, 84, is the mother of Otto Zehm, who …
Tue., June 12, 2012
City to pay woman hit in ’10
Spokane officials have tentatively approved a $2.25 million settlement to a woman who became paralyzed from the waist down after she was struck by a city vehicle in 2010. The …
Sat., June 2, 2012
Mayor eyes ‘metro’ model
Spokane Mayor David Condon said Friday that the Lilac City’s next police chief will not come from the ranks of the Spokane Police Department and indicated that he favors consolidating …
Tue., May 22, 2012
Council approves Zehm deal
The Spokane City Council on Monday closed one chapter of the excessive force case that has dominated Spokane headlines for six years by finalizing the $1.67 million settlement with the …
Fri., May 18, 2012
Condon sped resolution by calling end to blame-Otto game
Tuesday morning, after the first full day of mediation in the Otto Zehm family’s lawsuit against the city of Spokane, there was no deal in sight. A group of attorneys …
Thu., May 17, 2012
Doug Clark: Many wrongs, one big right in Zehm case
Repentance is a concept normally relegated to cathedrals, chapels and bar stools just before closing time. But on Tuesday afternoon, a downtown mediation court was the sanctuary where the city …
Wed., May 16, 2012
Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained
Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if …
Wed., May 16, 2012
Otto Zehm family reaches settlement with Spokane
The family of Otto Zehm will get the apology they sought for more than six years as Spokane city officials agreed Tuesday to settle a civil lawsuit against nine police …
Tue., May 15, 2012, 3:57 p.m.
Settlement in Zehm civil suit reached
A $1.67 million out-of-court settlement has been reached in the civil suit against Spokane police filed by relatives of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died following a violent …
Tue., May 8, 2012, 5:37 p.m.
Prosecutor compiling list of discredited officers
Spokane law enforcement officials for the first time are compiling a list of officers and deputies who have a record of lying or who have been discredited while doing their …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011, 9:02 a.m.
AM: Karl Thompson Found Guilty 2X
Spokane police officer Karl Thompson, right, waits to cross the street after leaving the William O. Douglas Federal Courthouse in Yakima, Wash. Wednesday. A federal court jury on Wednesday convicted …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011, 8:34 a.m.
Clark: Jury Nailed Thompson Verdict
It takes a lot to get to a guy like me. Many journalists hide behind a shield of cynicism, and I’ve had 37 years of practice. But I’ll admit it. …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 7:46 p.m.
Zehm’s family ‘relieved’ by guilty verdict
Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson leaves the William O. Douglas Federal Courthouse in Yakima today after a jury convicted him of two felonies related to the death of Otto Zehm. …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 6:12 p.m.
Bugbee: Moses didn’t cover anything up
After a press conference in the U.S. Courthouse in Spokane, Otto Zehm’s family members, Dale Zehm, center, with his wife, Sandy, thank U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby, far left, following the …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 2:44 p.m.
Thompson Guilty On Both Counts
A jury has convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of needlessly beating Otto Zehm and then lying about it to cover up his actions. The verdict comes five …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 9:45 a.m.
What will happen to Karl Thompson?
Federal prosecutors are expected to ask U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle to immediately detain Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. if the jury convicts him of using …
Mon., Oct. 31, 2011, 6:01 p.m.
Honorable man or SPD whitewash?
Before closing arguments today in the excessive force trial of Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson, lawyers debated the addition of two crucial jury instructions: one regarding Otto Zehm’s right to …
Mon., Oct. 31, 2011, 11:10 a.m.
Zehm: No video allowed in jury room
Jurors are hearing instructions before closing arguments begin. Get minute-by-minute updates from the courtroom here. When jurors began deliberations in the excessive force trial of Officer Karl Thompson, they won’t …
Sun., Oct. 30, 2011, 3:35 p.m.
Zehm closing arguments set for Monday
The case against Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. should be in the jury’s hands by Monday afternoon, which would have been Otto Zehm’s 42nd birthday. Thompson, the first …
Fri., Oct. 28, 2011, 8:35 a.m.
Karl Thompson’s testimony resumes today
Karl Thompson is back on the stand right now as prosecutors finish cross examination. Get minute-by-minute updates here. Thompson’s testimony began Thursday: YAKIMA – After more than five years of …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011, 7:10 p.m.
Terry Ferguson testifes in Zehm case
Get minute-by-minute updates from the coutroom here. A retired Spokane police detective who found no evidence that Officer Karl Thompson used excessive force when confronting Otto Zehm testified as a …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011, 1:11 p.m.
Jury wants more information on Zehm
Get minute-by-minute updates from the courtroom here. Jurors in the excessive force trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. apparently are bothered by the lack of information about …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011, 11:04 a.m.
Karl Thompson is testifying right now
Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson is testifying now as the last witness in his excessive force trial in U.S. District Court in Yakima. This is the first time Thompson has …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2011, 6:23 p.m.
Karl Thompson to testify tomorrow
Karl Thompson and his legal team, including Carl Oreskovich and Steve Lamberson, arrive at the William O. Douglas Federal Building in Yakima for the start of Thompson’s trial. (AP file …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2011, 9:22 a.m.
Track the Karl Thompson-Otto Zehm trial
The defense is expected to rest on Thursday. Defense expert Michael Schott, a forensic image analyst who disputes prosecutors’ description of the surveillence video, is on the stand now. Get …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2011, 6:08 a.m.
Justice for Otto Zehm? I question that…
Good morning, Netizens… This belated greetings comes to you after a marathon 19 hour work day, which was preceded by another killer of a day just before it. Somehow, through …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 11:19 a.m.
2nd doctor says Zehm was not hit in head
A second medical expert testified today that injuries to Otto Zehm’s head were not caused by a police baton. Dr. Daniel Davis, a forensic pathologist and the medical examiner in …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 10:58 a.m.
Judge blasts latest dispute in Zehm case
U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle apparently has grown weary of the continuing admissibility battles between the prosecution and defense in Officer Karl Thompson’s excessive force trial. “I don’t recall …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 9:04 a.m.
Doctor says Zehm was not struck in head
I’ll be tracking the trial again today with minute-by-minute updates on Twitter. Another defense expert, Dr. Dan Davis, is testifying now. Check it out here. Here’s a summary from yesterday: …
Mon., Oct. 24, 2011, 10 a.m.
Keep up with the Thompson-Zehm trial
The first witness of the day in the Karl Thompson trial is Angela Wiggins, who was working at Zip Trip the night of the encounter that led to Otto Zehm’s …
Indictment of Spokane Officer Karl F. Thompson
A federal grand jury indicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. on June 22, 2009, on two counts. He was the first officer to respond to the confrontation that resulted in Otto Zehm’s death and sparked a cry for citizen police oversight.
City’s response to Otto Zehm lawsuit
The city of Spokane’s response to a lawsuit filed by family of Otto Zehm, a developmentally disabled janitor who died in police custody in 2006.
Otto Zehm lawsuit against Spokane
The lawsuit filed by the Zehm family against the City of Spokane and its officers.
Otto Zehm death / complaint for damages
Complaint for damages filed by the estate of Otto Zehm.
Otto Zehm case / Center for Justice letter to city attorney
Otto Zehm case / City letter to Center for Justice
Otto Zehm case / Review by Officer Robert Boothe
Otto Zehm case / Officer Karl Thompson’s statement
Otto Zehm case / report by Officer Erin Raleigh
Otto Zehm case / police interview with Officer Steve Braun
Otto Zehm case / Officer Ron Voeller