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  • Zehm trial moves to Yakima

    A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys raised concerns that local media coverage of Thompson’s …


  • Zehm trial will be moved to Yakima

    A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys had raised concerns about the extent of local …


  • Shawn Vestal: Zehm case demands city’s focus

    Never mind. The city of Spokane did a little double-checking Friday, and acknowledged that its explanation three weeks ago of a key question in the Otto Zehm case was wrong: …


  • ‘Slew of evidence’ in Zehm trial

    While attorneys got few final answers Thursday, they outlined the parameters that will determine the legal battleground for the Spokane police officer charged in the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm. …


  • City’s FAQ answers challenged

    Spokane city leaders are continuing to mislead the public about the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation, new court documents suggest. Federal authorities say city officials provided “patently false” information in a …


  • Consultant poised for Zehm case review

    When Spokane Mayor Mary Verner promised this month that there will be an internal review examining the death of Otto Zehm, it wasn’t the first time a city leader has …


  • Second officer under investigation in Zehm case identified

    With the excessive force trial of a Spokane police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …


  • Officer under federal investigation in Zehm case identified

    With the excessive force trial of a Spokane Police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …


  • Thompson wants trial moved

    The attorney representing Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to move the upcoming trial because of “intense” media coverage and because …


  • Thompson attorney wants Zehm trial moved

    The attorney representing Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion today asking a federal judge to move the upcoming Oct. 11 trial because of “intense” media coverage …


  • 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 …


  • Nicks set to retire as chief steps down

    The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death …


  • Mayor promises review of Zehm case

    A hastily arranged briefing by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Friday announcing her desire for a complete internal and external review of the Otto Zehm controversy turned into a platform …


  • Mayor promises ‘thorough’ review of Otto Zehm case

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced this morning that a “thorough internal and external review” of the five-year-old death of Otto Zehm would start when the legal cases are finished.


  • Condon calls Zehm case “indictment” on city government

    Spokane mayoral challenger David Condon today called the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm case “an indictment” on city government, and called for greater police oversight as well as at …


  • 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 …


  • Editorial: Community demands ombudsman with clout

    Spokane City Council members are pondering several options in response to an arbitrator’s July ruling that revoked new powers for the police ombudsman because the Spokane Police Guild had not …


  • Council debates oversight rules

    Spokane City Council members suggested they may need voters to save the stronger police oversight rules they approved last year, by working to place the concept on the ballot. Passions …


  • Timeline of events in Otto Zehm case

    • March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill and unemployed janitor, is beaten, Tasered and hogtied inside a Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane police officers after …


  • Revised Nicks statement drops chief’s opinion

    The sworn and signed declaration of Assistant Chief Jim Nicks that details his concerns about the police confrontation with Otto Zehm has been revised to leave out a detail about …


  • Council late to get Zehm news

    A majority of Spokane City Council members say they weren’t told until this month that the city’s assistant police chief believes officers violated department policies in the beating of a …


  • Many things Jim Nicks didn’t do in Zehm case

    Jim Nicks has taken a lot of heat lately, as well he should, for his role in the Otto Zehm case. Today, though, I come not to bury Nicks, but …


  • Mayor pushes to resolve Zehm suit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced Tuesday that she is seeking “all courses of action” to resolve the civil case surrounding the city’s handling of the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane …


  • Verner vows to seek resolution in Zehm civil suit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced today that she is seeking “all courses of action” to end the civil case surrounding the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane police and mentally ill …


  • 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 …


  • Medical expert: Officers caused Zehm’s 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 …


  • Doug Clark: Nicks’ exit is past due

    “ Give (Jim Nicks) the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the acting chief hadn’t bothered to carefully examine the evidence before running his mouth and handing Spokane a bill of …


  • 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.


  • City reconsiders Zehm strategy

    The Spokane Police Department’s second-in-command believes an officer didn’t follow department policy in the fatal 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm, contradicting his previous statements. That revelation prompted Spokane Mayor Mary …


  • 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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