Stories tagged: Otto Zehm
Wed., March 13, 2013
Thompson won’t pay for Zehm restitution
A federal judge rejected demands that former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr. pay $825,000 in restitution to taxpayers and the family of Otto Zehm. Thompson is imprisoned in Safford, …
Sat., Feb. 16, 2013
Spokane police to get federal review
After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Department of Justice officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other uses of force by Spokane …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 4:46 p.m.
Feds to review Spokane Police uses of force
After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Justice Department officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other use of force by Spokane Police …
Fri., Jan. 25, 2013
Ombudsman power in the mail for vote
The Spokane City Council has tried several times over the past two decades to craft a police oversight system with teeth. Now it’s the citizens’ turn.
Thu., Jan. 17, 2013
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 …
Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Thompson restitution challenged
Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued Friday that Thompson shouldn’t have to pay restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive force against Otto Zehm. …
Fri., Jan. 11, 2013, 5:03 p.m.
Thompson argues against Zehm restitution
Former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued today that a judge should not force Thompson to pay any restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive …
Sat., Dec. 22, 2012
Police face reorganization
The Spokane Police Department, hoping to restore public confidence, will embark on a major reorganization next month designed to make existing resources more efficient at achieving the ultimate goal of …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2012, 12:48 p.m.
Organizational shakeup coming for Spokane police
The Spokane Police Department, hoping to restore public confidence and rebuild its tarnished image, will embark on a major reorganization next month that’s intended to give the agency greater crime-fighting …
Fri., Dec. 21, 2012
Use of force panel offers 26 recommendations to improve police department
A yearlong review of the Spokane Police Department found a professional organization committed to public service but lacking in identity and needing improvements in how it investigates its own officers. …
Thu., Dec. 20, 2012, 3:49 p.m.
Commission seeks list of changes for SPD
The long-awaited draft report by the independent City of Spokane Use of Force Commission was released today and it calls the Spokane Police Department to change how it polices itself …
Sun., Nov. 18, 2012
Clark: Justice finally served in Thompson case
It’s a good day, Spokane. There’s no snow in the potholes, the river’s still running and Karl Thompson Jr. is already ensconced in a federal lockup on the other side …
Sat., Nov. 17, 2012
Thompson being held in federal center in Seattle
Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. is in a federal detention center south of Seattle, at least temporarily. The Federal Bureau of Prisons doesn’t yet have Thompson in …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2012, 12:29 p.m.
Thompson now in Seattle federal detention
Former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. is in a federal detention center in Seattle, at least temporarily.
Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
Thompson gets 51 months in prison
After being handed a sentence Thursday of more than four years in federal prison – the culmination of six years of investigations, legal action and community soul-searching – former Spokane …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
Thompson sentenced to 4 years in prison
A federal judge today sentenced former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 4 years and 3 months in prison.
Thu., Nov. 15, 2012
Doug Clark: Justice for Zehm may finally come today
The sentencing of Karl Thompson Jr. will supposedly take place in a Spokane federal courtroom this morning, proving I had it all wrong. Apparently, there is a limit on how …
Wed., Nov. 14, 2012, 6:02 p.m.
Follow Karl Thompson’s sentencing on Twitter
Check here for Twitter updates on the sentencing of Karl F. Thompson Jr., the Spokane police officer who was convicted last year of lying to investigators and using excessive force …
Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
Thompson sentencing in Otto Zehm case set for Thursday
After living free for a year as attorneys argued for a new trial, former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will learn his punishment for using excessive force and …
Sat., Nov. 3, 2012
Thompson divorce under feds’ scrutiny
The divorce that enabled former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to charge taxpayers more than half a million dollars for his legal defense against excessive force charges is …
Sat., Nov. 3, 2012
Vestal: Nothing is clear-cut in Thompson sentencing
How much time should Karl Thompson spend in prison? How much would be “sufficient but not greater than necessary,” as the law requires?
Thu., Nov. 1, 2012
Zehm plaque placed at Mission Park in ceremony on his birthday
Wrapped in a blanket under gray skies, Ann Zehm reached out to touch the metal plaque placed at Mission Park to honor her son, Otto, on what would have been …
Wed., Oct. 24, 2012
Zehm detective feared reaction to video
Previously sealed records show that the lead Spokane Police detective investigating an officer’s confrontation with Otto Zehm believed the convenience store security video of the incident would be “inflammatory” if …
Wed., Oct. 17, 2012
Zehm family tells judge of loss
Otto Zehm’s mother fears going outside of her assisted-living home because of what Spokane police did to her only son, according to letters released Tuesday in federal court. Otto Zehm’s …
Fri., Oct. 12, 2012, 3:48 p.m.
Attorney seeks no jail for Thompson
The attorney for Karl F. Thompson Jr. asked a federal judge today to give the decorated former Spokane Police Officer a “just” sentence that includes no imprisonment.
Sat., Oct. 6, 2012
Prosecutors seek 10 years
Federal prosecutors asked a federal judge late Friday to sentence former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 10 years in federal prison for using excessive force on Otto …
Fri., Oct. 5, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
Feds seek 10 years in prison for Thompson
Federal prosecutors asked a federal judge late today to sentence former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 10 years in federal prison for using excessive force on Otto …
Sun., Sept. 23, 2012
Officers cleared in every case of excessive force since 2007
Internal affairs investigators for the Spokane Police Department have sided with officers accused of brutality and excessive force in every single complaint filed by citizens over the past five years, …
Sat., Sept. 22, 2012
Judge sets Thompson sentencing for Nov. 15
Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will finally be sentenced, more than a year after he was convicted of using excessive force and lying about his confrontation with …
Fri., Sept. 21, 2012, 10:59 a.m.
Thompson sentencing set for Nov. 15
U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle today reset the sentencing date for former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. for 9 a.m. on Nov. 15. It comes more …