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  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Prosecutors ask jury to convict Thompson for ‘brutal’ attack

    On the day Otto Zehm would have turned 42, a federal prosecutor asked a jury today to convict Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of using excessive force and …


  • Doug Clark: There’s a stink in the courtroom and the hotel room

    Karl Thompson’s version of what happened when he took down Otto Zehm sounds like one of those melees that are staple to TV cop shows. Barking orders. Officer-and-suspect squaring off. …


  • Thompson admits ‘errors’ in statement to investigators

    YAKIMA – Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. finished his second day of testimony Friday, acknowledging again that he made some errors in his taped statement describing the 2006 …


  • Thompson admits errors in Zehm report

    YAKIMA – Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. finished his second day of testimony Friday, acknowledging again that he made some errors in his taped statement describing the 2006 …


  • 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 …


  • Officers say Thomspon followed his training

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


  • Zehm update: Police training, response explained

    Jurors got a taste today of the unpredictability that officers face through the testimony of the defensive tactics trainer who instructed Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. how to …


  • Backup officer takes stand

    YAKIMA – Spokane police Officer Steven Braun Jr. gave the jury an image of Otto Zehm as someone who probably had committed a robbery, was trying to flee and then …


  • Zehm update: Judge declines to dismiss force charge

    Enough evidence of excessive force against Otto Zehm has been presented to let the case proceed, Judge Fred Van Sickle ruled today, rejecting defense arguments that one of the charges …


  • Shawn Vestal: Bottle report a lot of fizz but little pop

    The Otto Zehm case produced its first moment of comedy this week, though it’s not funny-ha-ha. It’s funny-stupid.


  • Thompson colleague: Feds manipulated him

    YAKIMA – After obtaining an immunity letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, Spokane police Officer Tim Moses testified he could not remember or disputed any incriminating things he previously …


  • Thompson trial: Officer disputes own grand jury testimony

    YAKIMA – After obtaining an immunity letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, Spokane police Officer Tim Moses testified he could not remember or disputed any incriminating things he previously …


  • 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 …


  • Officer denied Zehm lunged, judge told

    YAKIMA – On the eve of his anticipated testimony, Assistant Spokane police Chief Jim Nicks disclosed to prosecutors that he believes Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. tried to “manipulate” his …


  • Nicks: Thompson approached him about ‘lunge’

    On the eve of his anticipated testimony, Assistant Spokane Police Chief Jim Nicks disclosed to prosecutors that he believes Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. tried to “manipulate” his testimony.


  • 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 …


  • Thompson trial opens with legal wrangling

    YAKIMA – After years of clashing on paper, attorneys in the excessive force trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. took their frustrations out on each other Thursday …


  • Lawyers clash in first day of Thompson trial

    YAKIMA – After years of clashing on paper, attorneys in the excessive force trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. took their frustrations out on each other Thursday …


  • Eight men, four women to hear Thompson case

    YAKIMA – The jurors who will decide the fate of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. have careers ranging from scientist to wastewater worker. The panel includes eight men, …


  • Jurors picked; Thompson trial under way

    YAKIMA – The jurors who will decide the fate of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. have careers ranging from scientist to waste water worker. The panel includes eight …


  • 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 …


  • Mayor’s FAQs on Zehm case short on real answers, again

    It is sad that the Otto Zehm case is becoming a political spectacle. Sad, and absolutely appropriate. Because it’s hard to see what else – apart from insistent public pressure …


  • 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 …


  • Expert: Officers caused 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 …


  • Shawn Vestal: Truth about Zehm sure took a while

    It took just five years, 20 weeks and a day. But finally we’re hearing the truth about Otto Zehm from Jim Nicks.


  • 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 …

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