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  • New police chief Meidl offers salute apology, says he wants council confirmation

    In an interview Tuesday, newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology to the community for saluting Karl Thompson, the officer convicted of civil rights violations in the death …


  • Nicks’ badge reflected honor in Zehm case

    As former Spokane police Officer Tim Moses accepts his slap on the hand for the lie known as the Lunge of Otto, it’s worth remembering the local police officer who …


  • Input sought on use of force report

    Several community members on Wednesday thanked the city of Spokane’s Use of Force Commission for months of work, and police Chief Frank Straub said he and Mayor David Condon will …


  • Doug Clark: Professor Pilgrim is back for another round

    Drop your forks, folks, and make ready for the sixth annual serving of Ask Professor Pilgrim. Since 2006, this forum has been devoted to answering Thanksgiving questions that an Iron …


  • 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 …


  • Thompson kudos cited in court

    A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


  • Doug Clark: Head-Crackin Karl can hum his own theme song

    One thing has been missing in our ongoing coverage of the conviction of police officer Karl Thompson Jr. That’s right, a parody song.


  • Clark: To those who disgraced the law they swore to uphold

    “Members of the Spokane Police Department will so conduct their public and private lives that they exemplify the high standards of integrity, trust, and morality demanded of a member of …


  • Quotes regarding the Thompson verdict

    U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby: “This is not an indictment of our entire Police Department and it should not be an excuse for any of us to ignore the good work …


  • Clark: This time, the jury got it exactly right

    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.


  • Spokane police officer convicted of excessive force, lying

    YAKIMA – His jaw quivering at times, Karl F. Thompson Jr. stared straight ahead Wednesday, showing nothing but a stern look as juror after juror confirmed the guilty verdicts they’d …


  • Timeline since March 2006, when Zehm was beaten

    • March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill janitor, is beaten, shocked with a Taser and hog-tied inside a North Side Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane …


  • Police training expert defends use of force

    YAKIMA – One of the Spokane Police Department’s top trainers told a jury Wednesday that any situation could justify an officer’s use of force, even taking a burglary report in …


  • Clark: Venue change is slap to Spokane jurors

    The verdict is in. Anyone desiring to watch the upcoming federal trial of Karl Thompson Jr. – the Spokane cop whose deadly encounter with Otto Zehm earned him an excessive …


  • City’s FAQ answers challenged

    Spokane city leaders are continuing to mislead the public about the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation, new court documents suggest. Federal authorities say city officials provided “patently false” information in a …


  • Public to pay for Thompson’s defense

    The Spokane police officer facing federal charges related to the death of Otto Zehm was arraigned today in federal court.


  • Smart Bombs: Skeptics getting warmer

    Chicken Little has often been invoked by skeptics of global warming. They even recommend a book called “The Sky’s Not Falling! Why It’s OK to Chill About Global Warming.” It’s …


  • Zehm case may soon see legal action

    On the eve of the third anniversary of the police encounter death of Otto Zehm, a civil rights suit against the city of Spokane and its Police Department could be …


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