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  • Use of rebreather mask restricted for firefighters

    Spokane firefighters are under new orders to no longer use a so-called “anti-spitting” device like the one strapped to the face of Otto Zehm, who died two days after lapsing …


  • Doug Clark: When will Timid Tucker get off the pot?

    And now for the latest speed bump in the case of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died at the hands of the police last March in a north …


  • Caruso criticizes Zehm case delay

    Democratic challenger Bob Caruso ripped Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker on Friday, saying the Republican incumbent has waited long enough to decide whether to file any criminal charges in connection …


  • Mask ruled out as cause of Zehm’s death

    A plastic mask with a dime-size hole apparently did not cause Otto Zehm to stop breathing during his fatal March 18 confrontation with Spokane police officers, the medical examiner has …


  • Charges in Zehm case likely to wait

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker probably won’t decide whether to charge Spokane police officers involved in the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm until Anne Kirkpatrick takes over as police chief …


  • Prosecutor candidates weigh in on Zehm

    One of the Democratic candidates for Spokane County prosecutor said he would have expanded the Otto Zehm investigation if he were prosecutor. Local attorney Bob Caruso, 68, said Monday that …


  • Doug Clark: Ballad of a simple, luckless man

    As with most of my musical endeavors, the decision to write an original song about the death of Otto Zehm at the hands of Spokane police came while strumming a …


  • Reliable forces

    Two events occurred this week that are ostensibly aimed at improved oversight and transparency when it comes to the actions of Spokane police officers. Mayor Dennis Hession revived the Citizens …


  • Zehm held pop bottle

    The pop bottle has appeared. A video released Thursday shows Otto Zehm had a 2-liter plastic bottle in his hands as he lay on his back in the initial stages …


  • Otto Zehm: a life on the margins

    Before the release of the convenience store surveillance tape, before the federal investigation and the bold headlines, before the debate over a pop bottle and missing fingerprints, Otto Zehm liked …


  • Expert quits police probes

    The outside investigation into the Spokane Police Department’s controversial handling of two high-profile cases will be conducted by a law enforcement service group from Olympia and a Kentucky-based consulting firm. …


  • Zehm’s prints not on bottle

    Otto Zehm’s fingerprints are not on the plastic soda bottle that police say he used to threaten an officer during the fatal March 18 struggle inside a Spokane convenience store, …


  • Our View: Life-saving research

    Spokane County Medical Examiner Sally Aiken ruled Otto Zehm’s death to be a homicide. The technical cause was “hypoxic encephalopathy due to cardio pulmonary arrest while restrained in a prone …


  • Home Planet: Watching tragedy unfold proves haunting

    When I was a child, a relative – a distant cousin, or great uncle or someone like that – was killed. He was electrocuted at work. There was some question …


  • Our View: Outside investigation of Zehm death is needed

    It was wise of Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession to call for an outside investigation into the case of Otto Zehm, who had a fatal encounter on March 18 with seven …


  • Detective’s report finds force justified

    The lead detective investigating the fatal encounter between seven police officers and mentally ill janitor Otto Zehm concluded that the first officer on the scene was justified in striking Zehm …


  • Unfazed Sheriff’s Office stands by investigation

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office apparently couldn’t provide the “independent” review that Mayor Dennis Hession now believes is necessary to oversee the investigation into the death of Otto Zehm. The …


  • Timeline recounts statements by police officials in Zehm case

    A look at the statements Acting Spokane Police Chief Jim Nicks and department spokesman Cpl. Tom Lee made to The Spokesman-Review regarding the March 18 encounter with 36-year-old Otto Zehm …


  • Mayor looks outside

    Bowing to public pressure, Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession said Monday he will hire an outside expert to examine the Police Department’s handling of two recent scandals that have sparked outrage …


  • In their words

    “The video does not have sound, therefore the repeated commands from Officer Thompson to Mr. Zehm to ‘drop it’ and Mr. Zehm’s repeated responses, ‘No,’ are not depicted.” Assistant City …


  • Our View: Police squandered public trust after Zehm’s death

    Like a charge from a stun gun, the security video of Otto Zehm’s fateful struggle with cops is a searing jolt to the credibility of the Spokane Police Department and …


  • Doug Clark: Acting chief failed to act responsibly

    I have no control over what happens once I turn in my column and it heads off to the press room. So there’s a chance that by the time you …


  • Zehm case déja vu

    A mentally ill man ends up dead after being suddenly approached by Spokane police officers who wrestle him to the ground, apply handcuffs and leave him on his stomach for …


  • Past Taser use recorded

    The Spokane police officers who used their stun guns three times in a fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm on March 18 have used their Tasers 10 other times since 2003, …


  • Chief still backs force

    Even though police have backed away from their earlier version of how the fatal struggle with a mentally ill janitor began, acting Chief Jim Nicks said Friday he still believes …


  • Transcript of 911 call on Zehm released

    Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of a 911 call by a young-sounding woman who reported a suspicious man as she and a female friend used a drive-up ATM …


  • Police admit inaccurate account of fatal beating

    Acting Spokane Police Chief Jim Nicks acknowledged Thursday that he gave inaccurate information while trying to defend his officers’ actions during a fatal struggle with Otto Zehm, the mentally disabled …


  • Video shows Zehm backed away

    Otto Zehm’s life played out violently in a grainy convenience store surveillance video kept from the public for months. The city of Spokane released copies to the media on Thursday, …


  • Police were initially told Zehm had stolen money

    The following is a time-compressed account of the police radio traffic on the Otto Zehm response:


  • Scandals discussed at forum

    The three out-of-town candidates for police chief all knew about the sex scandal in which two Spokane police officers, investigating an alleged rape, ordered the deletion of explicit photos of …

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