Stories tagged: Karl F. Thompson Jr.
Sat., Nov. 5, 2011
U.S. marshals take convicted Thompson into custody
Nearly 50 Spokane police officers saluted convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in federal court as U.S. marshals led him away Friday, prompting Mayor Mary Verner and police Chief Anne …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 4, 2011, 3:20 p.m.
Karl Thompson taken into custody
U.S. Marshals took convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. into custody today after a federal judge ruled that his detention is appropriate pending sentencing for using excessive force …
Fri., Nov. 4, 2011
Defense to seek new trial
A federal judge delayed a decision whether to take convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. into custody after his defense attorney said Thursday that he will seek a …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011, 12:41 p.m.
Thompson lawyer alleges jury misconduct
A federal judge today put off the decision to detain Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. after his defense attorney said he will seek a new tria.
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 5:05 a.m.
Otto Zehm case timeline
Otto Zehm timeline
Tue., Nov. 1, 2011, 5:35 p.m.
Deliberations in excessive force trial to continue
The jury deciding the excessive force trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. deliberated has completed about seven hours of deliberations without rendering a verdict.
Tue., Nov. 1, 2011
Thompson case goes to jurors
YAKIMA – Jurors were asked Monday to decide whether Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. is a “rogue cop” and liar who hid behind a departmental coverup, or a …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011, 12:10 p.m.
Thompson describes fatal confrontation
Spokane P\police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. told jurors today that the death of Otto Zehm will be something he carries with him the rest of his life.
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 1:07 p.m.
Another defense expert disputes Zehm head strikes
A second defense expert has testified that head injuries suffered by Otto Zehm didn’t come from a police baton. The Tuesday morning testimony by Dr. Dan Davis, a forensic pathologist, …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2011, 1:05 p.m.
Medical expert says Zehm was beaten over the head
A medical doctor, who testified in the Los Angeles beating trial of Rodney King, testified for federal prosecutors today, saying he found evidence of three baton strikes to Otto Zehm’s …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2011
EMT, medical examiner testify about baton injuries to Zehm
YAKIMA – For the first time since the trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. began last week, federal prosecutors walked out of the William O. Douglas federal …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2011
Police trainer says Thompson had no reason for using force against Zehm
YAKIMA – Had the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm been a mock scenario used in training, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. would have failed, a use-of-force expert testified …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2011, 8:09 p.m.
Baton attack on Zehm unnecessary, expert testifies
Had the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm been a mock scenario used in training, Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. would have flunked, a use-of-force expert testified on Monday.
Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
Judge denies plea to throw out case
YAKIMA – A defense request to throw out the excessive force case against Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was denied following a fiery exchange Thursday about the prosecution’s …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2011
A Community’s closure
Otto Zehm’s death in 2006 polarized the community and sparked calls for reform. The complex legal battle over his death that followed has brought criticism of Spokane city leaders’ handling …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2011
The Thompson trial: Key players
Otto Zehm: A 36-year-old, recently out-of-work janitor who had schizophrenia, Zehm mostly kept to himself. The exception was a small group of friends he would invite over for late-night guitar …
Thu., Oct. 6, 2011
Zehm family feeling ‘shut out,’ lawyer says
A federal judge will hold another hearing this morning after attorneys objected to moving the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima. U.S. District …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2011
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 …
Thu., Sept. 22, 2011
Second officer under investigation in Zehm case identified
With the excessive force trial of a Spokane police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2011, 6:50 p.m.
Officer under federal investigation in Zehm case identified
With the excessive force trial of a Spokane Police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …
Fri., Sept. 16, 2011
Thompson wants trial moved
The attorney representing Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to move the upcoming trial because of “intense” media coverage and because …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2011, 6:09 p.m.
Thompson attorney wants Zehm trial moved
The attorney representing Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion today asking a federal judge to move the upcoming Oct. 11 trial because of “intense” media coverage …
Wed., Sept. 14, 2011
Nicks set to retire as chief steps down
The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death …
Sat., Sept. 10, 2011
Mayor promises review of Zehm case
A hastily arranged briefing by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Friday announcing her desire for a complete internal and external review of the Otto Zehm controversy turned into a platform …
Sun., Aug. 28, 2011
Feds sought meetings with city leaders on Zehm case in 2009
U.S. Department of Justice officials two years ago had significant enough “ethical concerns” with the city of Spokane’s legal department that they asked to meet with Mayor Mary Verner, police …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2011
Mayor pushes to resolve Zehm suit
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced Tuesday that she is seeking “all courses of action” to resolve the civil case surrounding the city’s handling of the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2011, 4:55 p.m.
Verner vows to seek resolution in Zehm civil suit
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced today that she is seeking “all courses of action” to end the civil case surrounding the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane police and mentally ill …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2011, 7:27 p.m.
Medical expert: Officers caused Zehm’s death
A medical expert hired by the Spokane police officer facing criminal charges over the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation is blaming other officers at the scene for causing the unarmed janitor’s …
Wed., Aug. 10, 2011
Key players and contradictions
Use of force THEN: “The officers were definitely within the (department) policy. The officers used the lowest level of force possible.”
Wed., Aug. 10, 2011
Ombudsman backer cites Zehm case
A city councilman is continuing his push to keep expanded investigative authority for Spokane’s police ombudsman, citing new disclosures that the assistant chief privately considered his department’s investigation of the …