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  • Washington police officer charged with using excessive force

    A Washington state police officer who has repeatedly been accused of using excessive force has now been indicted on a federal criminal charge that he pepper-sprayed a person who was …


  • Karl Thompson released from prison

    Former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson has been released from federal prison after being convicted of using excessive force against developmentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm, who died two days after …


  • Houseboat owner, gunshot victim sue Park Service rangers in Kettle Falls incident

    Michael Sublie and Casey Hartinger are seeking $6 million in damages following a shooting by a Park Service ranger at the Kettle Falls Campground in September 2013.


  • Houseboat owner, gunshot victim sue Park Service rangers in Kettle Falls incident

    Michael Sublie and Casey Hartinger are seeking up to $6 million in damages following a shooting by a National Park Service ranger at the Kettle Falls Campground in September 2013.


  • Lawyer in Ferguson case to represent slain Pasco man’s family

    PASCO – The high-profile attorney who represented the family of a black man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he’ll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican …


  • Spokane County SWAT team tactics at issue in trial

    The location of a flash grenade thrown by Spokane County SWAT members during a raid on Valentine’s Day 2012 will be a key issue in an excessive force trial set …


  • DOJ: Serious problems found in Albuquerque police

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Justice Department says the embattled Albuquerque Police Department engaged in “patterns of excessive force” and believes the force violated the U.S. Constitution.


  • Thompson restitution challenged

    Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued Friday that Thompson shouldn’t have to pay restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive force against Otto Zehm. …


  • Judge sets Thompson sentencing for Nov. 15

    Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will finally be sentenced, more than a year after he was convicted of using excessive force and lying about his confrontation with …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Airway Heights man awarded $300,000 in suit over traffic stop

    A jury awarded an Airway Heights man $300,000 in Federal Court after he sued a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy over a traffic stop that ended with the man being …


  • Editorial: Settlement with Zehms would let healing start

    Mediation may be the beginning of the end to claims the family of Otto Zehm has made against the city of Spokane for his death at the hands of Spokane …


  • Panel will review police policies, procedures

    To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed …


  • Justice Dept.: Seattle police used excessive force

    Seattle police have engaged in excessive force that violated federal law and the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department said today.


  • Baton use quick, jury told

    Two Spokane women who were teenagers when they saw Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson confront Otto Zehm at a convenience store told jurors in Thompson’s excessive force trial Friday that …


  • Zehm trial moves to Yakima

    A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys raised concerns that local media coverage of Thompson’s …


  • Shawn Vestal: Ombudsman shows aptitude for his job, however defined

    The police chief has an excellent question about the city’s cops watchdog. What, exactly, is Tim Burns’ authority?


  • Sheriff’s detective cleared of using excessive force

    A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that …


  • Jury exonerates sheriff’s detective

    A jury today exonerated a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that …


  • Use-of-force case leaves questions

    Brian Greear remembers the sirens that prompted him to stop his car. But the 27-year-old Spokane man says he can’t remember what happened before he awoke face down in a …


  • Civil trial over use of Taser begins

    A Spokane County sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday, the first day in a civil trial brought by a …


  • Civil trial begins over deputy’s use of Taser

    A Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday as a civil trial began by a man who claimed …


  • Courts validate police action

    Spokane-area law enforcement prevailed in three cases, including two involving allegations that officers used excessive force, Tuesday in federal court proceedings. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the 9th …


  • Courts back Spokane law enforcement in 3 cases

    Spokane area law enforcement prevailed in three cases, including two involving allegations that officers used excessive force, Tuesday in federal court proceedings.


  • AMR report could play key role in officer’s trial

    On the night of the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. told a fellow officer that he’d hit Zehm in the head with his …


  • Fired Spokane County deputy gets arbitration

    An arbitrator is reviewing the case of a Spokane County corrections deputy fired after sheriff’s officials determined he used excessive force on an inmate. Wayne Green was fired last summer …


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