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Federal prosecutor arrested Friday on DUI charge

An Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was part of the prosecution team that won a conviction against former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., was arrested early Friday and charged with DUI.

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 Otto Zehm. The plea was part of a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that allowed Moses to avoid a federal perjury charge but ensured that he never again works in law enforcement.

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, in connection with the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm.

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. Senior Officer Timothy Moses, 52, was quietly charged last week in Spokane Municipal Court with making a false statement to a public servant, a gross misdemeanor. He’s been ordered to appear in court for arraignment by May 3.

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, Ariz. A jury convicted him of using excessive force and lying to investigators about the death of Zehm, an unarmed janitor.

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 soon announce plans to implement suggested changes in the police department. The commission held the first of two public hearings to comment on 26 recommendations it made Dec. 20. The report is part of Condon’s stated goal of restoring community trust in the department following the conviction of former Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. for using excessive force and lying to investigators about his 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm.

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. Federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle last month to order Thompson to pay $824,163 in restitution for lost wages, medical bills and attorney’s fees.

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 force against Otto Zehm.

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 reducing crime. The reorganization is contained within the department’s new strategic plan unveiled Friday by police Chief Frank Straub, and it comes just a day after an independent panel examining the use of force by Spokane police officers recommended 26 major changes in the department’s training and internal investigations.

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. The draft report by the independent city Use of Force Commission was released Thursday with 26 recommendations for how the department needs to improve, with the ultimate goal of restoring public trust following the scandal surrounding its handling of the Otto Zehm investigation.

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 its online roster of inmates, but an official at the Federal Detention Center SeaTac confirmed that Thompson had arrived there following his sentencing in Spokane on Thursday.

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 police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. walked away passively in handcuffs. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle admonished the courtroom in advance that demonstrations of any kind would be inappropriate, and the sentence was greeted with silence by both Thompson and Zehm supporters.

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 lying to investigators about his 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm. Barring a last-minute delay, U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle will sentence Thompson on Thursday, more than a year after a jury in Yakima convicted him in a case that federal officials described as an “extensive cover-up” and that prompted widespread calls for police reform.

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 being questioned by federal authorities. Thompson, still awaiting sentencing for his 2006 fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm, still lives with his ex-wife in the Hayden home she was supposed to have taken full ownership of four years ago, and they continue to share bank accounts and auto insurance policies, prosecutors note.

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 his 43rd birthday. The entire Spokane City Council, Mayor David Condon, police Chief Frank Straub and family gathered for a private ceremony Wednesday in the park where Otto Zehm played as a child. The plaque reads: “In Memory of Otto Zehm.”

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 made public. Meanwhile, others within the department were funneling key information about the case to Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. while he remained the target of a criminal investigation, the records say.