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  • Otto campaign pushes plenty of buttons in community

    Let me start today’s column by saying … Wow.


  • As we wait for justice, we can remember

    March Madness has arrived, and I don’t mean basketball. I’m referring to my mood as we approach the third anniversary of one of Spokane’s more shameful and frustrating episodes.


  • Otto Zehm case at crossroads

    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 filed …


  • 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 …


  • Defense funds OK’d in case Zehm suit filed

    The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to pay as much as $45,000 to a local attorney to defend the city against a possible lawsuit stemming from the death …


  • Police powers in spotlight

    It sounds like a typical play rehearsal at first. “OK, places,” calls Brooke Kiener, a theater instructor at Whitworth University. “Let’s go, guys. Focus.” But Kiener’s students are preparing an …


  • Center for Justice criticizes ombudsman plan

    The law firm representing the family of Otto Zehm is critical of Mayor Mary Verner’s suggestion that the city doesn’t need a full-time police ombudsman.


  • Smart bombs

    March is the second anniversary of the death of Otto Zehm and the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Saddam “lunged” at us with weapons of mass destruction. Zehm …


  • Real oversight

    Two years ago, Otto Zehm, a mentally ill janitor, died after a confrontation with several officers at a convenience store. Public outrage grew intense when video called into question the …


  • Verner says city can’t afford full-time ombudsman

    Spokane can’t afford a full-time police ombudsman, says Mayor Mary Verner. Instead, Verner has proposed contracting for ombudsman services to keep costs lower.


  • Few answers in Otto Zehm’s death

    Otto Zehm died two years ago Thursday, after a series of events that started at a cash machine outside a bank in north Spokane.


  • Attorney, law center join up

    It was a lawyer’s peak moment: arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. But Spokane attorney Jeffry Finer was pretty sure he’d lost in 1996 when Chief Justice William …


  • Police oversight a campaign issue

    In most elections, candidates for office in the city of Spokane face a basic question about police: Are there enough of them to do the job? Candidates might argue yes …


  • Attorney for Zehm estate files claim against city

    An attorney representing the estate of Otto Zehm, the mentally disabled janitor who died last year after he was Tasered, beaten and bound by Spokane police officers, has filed a …


  • Deaths of disabled discussed

    Civil rights advocates sat down with Spokane County’s highest-ranking law enforcement officials Wednesday night to discuss recent fatal confrontations between police and persons with disabilities. The public forum at Gonzaga …


  • Zehm, Yohe catalysts for forum

    A mentally disabled man buying a candy bar dies last year after a struggle with police. A meth addict with epilepsy confronted by sheriff’s deputies on May 1 while possibly …


  • Smart Bombs: Vroom for improvement

    My car can go 140 miles per hour, or so the speedometer says. That’s twice the speed limit when traveling to Seattle on Interstate 90. In some parts of West …


  • Tucker won’t push coroner inquests

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker still believes coroner inquests would effectively get information out to the public whenever police officers, jailers or deputies kill someone in their custody. But he …


  • ‘Excited delirium’ a debatable state

    Even if medical experts dispute “excited delirium” as a valid physical state, Spokane County’s first responders have decided to consider it real. “Excited delirium is an emergency condition,” said Spokane …


  • Zehm death fallout

    Spokane police, firefighters, dispatchers and ambulance drivers will undergo training to better identify and respond to people experiencing “excited delirium,” the condition that investigators theorize Otto Zehm was suffering from …


  • Doug Clark: Often, there’s no telling when we’ll see justice

    A few takes on that mysterious subject called justice: JUSTICE DESERVED – If anybody really believes Josh Heytvelt didn’t get special consideration in being OK’d for entry into a diversion …


  • New police oversight in works

    A new model for citizen oversight of police in Spokane is needed and on the way, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told an audience Tuesday night as they flooded her with …


  • Police review recommends changes

    After a series of high-profile controversies involving the Spokane Police Department, a review by a leading law enforcement group recommends several changes – including better training to protect the lives …


  • Chief makes changes

    In what she described as her toughest decision so far, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Wednesday announced a department reorganization intended to increase efficiency, facilitate communication and encourage responsiveness …


  • 12 months that were anything but dull

    The year 2006 was a time of comings and goings for the Inland Northwest, in academia, sports, law enforcement and politics. Coming were Eastern Washington University’s new president Rodolfo Arevalo …


  • Year in review

    January 1: Jonathan Wade Ellington runs over and kills Vonette Larson of Athol in an apparent case of road rage that involved chases and gunfire. He is later sentenced to …


  • Doug Clark: Gregoire doles out pork in re-election down payment

    Unlike my willpower and work ethic, the news did not lapse into hibernation during my holiday hiatus.


  • Guest opinion: Transparency tossed in waste director pick

    So ends another rocky year in Spokane. One event after another has shaken our faith in those who are elected or hired to serve and protect us. This is unfortunate, …


  • Deputy chief quits Police Department

    Spokane Deputy Police Chief Al Odenthal, a 26-year veteran of the force, resigned Tuesday following behind-the-scenes negotiations over his future with the department. Various City Hall officials said personnel issues …


  • Doug Clark: Future Spokanites, look on our works and despair

    Spokane officials are asking for suggestions on items to cram in a time capsule so that the people of the future can crack it open in 25 years and have …