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“The video does not have sound, therefore the repeated commands from Officer Thompson to Mr. Zehm to ‘drop it’ and Mr. Zehm’s repeated responses, ‘No,’ are not depicted.”

Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi, in a June 21 letter to the Zehm family’s attorneys, referencing a 2-liter bottle of soda the police claimed Zehm was carrying. The security video doesn’t show anything in Zehm’s hands.

“In short, Chief Nicks will not, as you request, publicly retract what you characterize as ‘misrepresentations’ because they are not misrepresentations.”

Treppiedi, in the same letter to Zehm family’s attorneys.

“I made clear that during the (May 30) press conference my impression was one that he was on his side for a great portion of that time. So my impression obviously wasn’t quite accurate. But there was no intent to mislead or misdirect in any shape or form.”

Acting Police Chief Jim Nicks, in acknowledging that he gave a faulty account of the fatal encounter police had with Otto Zehm.

“I want to give out my own spankings.”

Spokane police chief candidate Anne E. Kirkpatrick, on why she wants disciplinary control when it comes to police oversight.

“According to CBO’s estimates, from the time U.S. forces invaded Iraq in March 2003, $290 billion has been allocated for activities in Iraq.”

From a Congressional Budget Office report sent to Congress on Thursday, which projects that several hundred billion more dollars will be needed.

“Very, very high.”

Mitch Daniels, then-White House budget director, speaking in December 2002 on the estimate of $100 billion to $200 billion given by then-White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey for the war in Iraq.

“This is a major, major escalation.”

Daniel Ayalon, Israeli ambassador to the United States, after announcing that a Hezbollah rocket had hit the city of Haifa.

“You wanted an open war and we are ready for an open war.”

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, addressing Israelis on Friday.

“It seemed like the ‘don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind’s made up’ attitude.”

Roy Weaver, a member of the U.S. Marines in World War II, after a meeting on whether Coeur d’Alene Airport should be named after legendary aviator Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

“The whole neighborhood was tired of him.”

A Hayden man who punched Richard Masker in the mouth. Masker, who was a friend of former Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler, was allegedly yelling racial comments to golfers.

“We believe our values are good values.”

Bonner County Assessor Judie Conlan, after county commissioners ordered her to roll back all property valuations to last year’s figures.

Mother Nature, physical disruptions and the politics of the world. All of those tell you that the risks are toward the upside.”

Larry Goldstein, president of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation, on the rising cost of oil.

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