Stories tagged: Otto Zehm
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016
Past opinions offer perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history Pinchot’s death, Oct. 7, 1946
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016, 4 A.M.
Craig Meidl faces political, salute-related challenges in bid for chief job
Craig Meidl will have to overcome a City Council that is at odds with the mayor over hiring authority and some members of the public still furious about his involvement …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 10:27 A.M.
Doug Clark: Condon’s police chief pick is beyond a blunder – it’s egregious
Craig Meidl, Spokane Mayor David Condon’s ambush appointment for police chief, is now really, really sorry for being one of the four dozen SPD goons who, in 2011, saluted convicted …
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016
Hurt lingers 10 years after Zehm’s death
We have yet to heal our relationship with our own peace officers. They have yet to heal their relationship with us.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016, 6 P.M.
Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes
With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.
THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016, 2:27 P.M.
Karl Thompson released from prison
Former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson has been released from federal prison after being convicted of using excessive force against developmentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm, who died two days after …
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 7 P.M.
Breean Beggs picked to fill vacancy on Spokane City Council
Breean Beggs, a civil rights attorney, will fill the vacancy on the Spokane City Council. The council picked Beggs to take the seat that was left open when Councilman Jon …
THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2015, 10:29 P.M.
For Spokane School Board, voters can choose experience or new outlook
Rocky Treppiedi wants one more term on the Spokane Public Schools board. Jerrall Haynes, Treppiedi’s 26-year-old challenger, thinks it’s time for a new perspective.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2015, 5:34 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Otto Zehm case still a stain on culture of Spokane’s police department
Two Spokane police officers – a long-serving captain and a long-serving lieutenant – took a stand last year for honesty and credibility in the department. Or maybe that should be …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015
Police use-of-force cases shielded by strict Washington law
Killings by police in the line of duty have surged in Washington over the past decade, according to a Seattle Times analysis. During that period, only one police officer has …
FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident
When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual …
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015
Condon, Straub lead Spokane delegation to White House to highlight police reforms
Efforts to reform the police department and enhance community involvement have made Spokane a national model, said Mayor David Condon and police Chief Frank Straub, who were at the White …
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015
Doug Clark: First-time author underscores the importance of the Otto Zehm case
I received a vitriolic voice mail message when I last brought that name up in a column. “Otto Zehm,” the caller scoffed. “Nobody cares about Otto Zehm anymore.”
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015
Three members of police oversight panel, including Rachel Dolezal, asked to resign
Spokane’s independent police oversight panel is in turmoil. Three of its five members, including former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, likely will be removed by the City Council if they …
SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2015
Spokane Use of Force Commission wraps up with praise for police progress
In its final meeting before it disbands, the city’s Use of Force Commission lauded the improvements made by the Spokane Police Department in the last two years. But members also …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-police officer’s appeal of Zehm case conviction
Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s …
THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014
Doug Clark: Thompson verdict is the gift that keeps on taking
Think of the post-conviction phase of Karl Thompson as a big, colorful piñata that his Scheme Team defenders get to whack and whack at until it finally bursts open and …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014
Karl Thompson’s conviction upheld in Otto Zehm death
A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the conviction of former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson. The three judges denied claims by Thompson’s attorneys that courtroom errors following the …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014, 12:46 P.M.
Appeals court upholds Karl Thompson’s conviction in death of Otto Zehm
A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson. The three judges ruled that Thompson doesn’t deserve a new trial in the 2006 …
TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014
Karl Thompson appeal argued in court
Attorneys for imprisoned former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson argued Monday that prosecutors did not turn over important evidence before trial. Defense attorney Carl Oreskovich told the 9th U.S. Circuit …
TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014
City Council approves new Spokane police contract, oversight law
Three more months of public debate, news conferences and negotiations have led to the Spokane City Council’s approval of a new police oversight law and union contract. After unanimously rejecting …
THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013
Spokane police course focuses on mental health crisis
A man with a history of mental illness is allegedly breaking into his neighbor’s apartment at all hours of the day, stealing items and causing a headache for the landlord. …
THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013
Police chief touts progress on Use of Force recommendations
Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Wednesday that his department has made significant progress on every one of the 26 recommendations issued by the city’s Use of Force Commission in …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013
Timothy Moses pleads guilty to lying in Otto Zehm case
Spokane police Officer Timothy Moses pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to federal agents in 2009 as they investigated the fatal confrontation between his friend, Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., and …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013, 5 P.M.
SPD’s Moses pleads guilty to lying to FBI
Spokane Police Officer Timothy Moses resigned today before pleading guilty to making a false statement to FBI investigators during the case that ultimately convicted his friend, Karl F. Thompson Jr, …
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013
Spokane police officer to admit lie in Zehm testimony
A Spokane police officer will resign and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying during the investigation of the fatal 2006 police confrontation with Otto Zehm, authorities said Wednesday. …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013, 6:57 P.M.
Spokane cop expected to resign in Zehm plea deal
Another Spokane police officer is facing a criminal charge in connection with the fatal 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm. Officer Timothy Moses, 52, was quietly charged last week in Spokane …
WEDNESDAY, 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, …
SATURDAY, 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 …