Stories tagged: taser
TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
Lawsuit filed over jump from bridge
Attorneys have filed a $4.7 million federal civil suit against the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Department for their failed attempt to keep a mentally ill man from …
THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010
Attorneys seek earlier trial in Zehm case
The attorneys for the estate of Otto Zehm have asked a federal judge to set an earlier date for the criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. …
MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010, 6:23 P.M.
Trial in Zehm death postponed to next year
The federal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has a new date: March 7.
FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010
Zehm delirium evidence dropped
After years of Spokane police officials claiming that Otto Zehm suffered from “excited delirium,” a defense attorney said Thursday that he will avoid offering any evidence or expert testimony about …
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010, 3:23 P.M.
‘Excited delirium’ theory barred from Zehm trial
After years of Spokane Police officials claiming that Otto Zehm suffered from “excited delirium,” a defense attorney said today that he will avoid offering any evidence or expert testimony about …
SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010
AMR report could play key role in officer’s trial
On the night of the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. told a fellow officer that he’d hit Zehm in the head with his …
THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010, 2:55 P.M.
Judge postpones Thompson’s criminal trial by a few days
U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle today postponed a few days the criminal trial of Karl F. Thompson Jr. It is now scheduled to start with jury selection on …
TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010, 7:03 P.M.
County to pay $50,000 to settle suit in death of Trent Yohe
Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies.
THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009
Taser warns of risk to heart
Stun gun maker Taser International is advising police agencies across the nation to avoid aiming the devices at a suspect’s chest. The Arizona-based company says such action poses an “extremely …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009, 11:23 A.M.
Taser issues advisory on use of stun guns
Taser International is advising police agencies across the nation not to shoot its stun guns at a suspect’s chest. The Arizona-based company says such action poses a risk — albeit …
THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009
County OKs settlement in Taser case
A Spokane County reserve fund will pay some $112,000 to a man who was shocked three times with a Taser by a deputy during a traffic stop in 2005. County …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2009, 1 A.M.
Feds unhappy with city attorney
Federal prosecutors have grown increasingly critical of what they describe as questionable behavior by the Spokane Police Department’s chief legal adviser, who reportedly used his position to provide “traditionally confidential” …
TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009
Thompson supporters raise cash
Friends of Otto Zehm wore small blue buttons that read “Otto” in support of the mentally ill janitor, after he died in 2006 following a struggle with Spokane police. Now …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
$120,000 settlement ends Taser lawsuit
Spokane County will spend $120,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who was jolted by a sheriff deputy’s Taser during a traffic stop in 2005. County commissioners agreed Tuesday …
SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2007
Jumper’s past played role in police actions
Tired and ready for resolution, Spokane police negotiators called an officer who already had experience talking Josh Levy down from suicide attempts. What he told them changed their strategy in …
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2006
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, …
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006
Police clarify use of nonlethal force
Spokane police unveiled on Monday a half-hour public presentation explaining the Police Department’s policy on use of nonlethal force, including the controversial Taser stun gun. Deputy Police Chief Al Odenthal …
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2006
Deaths raise Taser questions
The cause of Otto Zehm’s death is still being investigated. But because the mentally disabled janitor died after a scuffle with Spokane police, the city has been thrust into an …