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Police trainer says Thompson had no reason for using force against Zehm

YAKIMA – Had the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm been a mock scenario used in training, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. would have failed, a use-of-force expert testified Monday. Robert Bragg, who directs use-of-force training for all police recruits at Washington’s police academy, said Thompson violated his training and had no reason to immediately begin striking Otto Zehm with a baton on March 18, 2006.

Baton use quick, jury told

Two Spokane women who were teenagers when they saw Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson confront Otto Zehm at a convenience store told jurors in Thompson’s excessive force trial Friday that the officer immediately hit Zehm with his baton after entering the convenience store in 2006. Their testimony disputed what Thompson said in a recorded interview played for jurors earlier Thursday, the second day of testimony in U.S. District Court in Yakima.