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The Center, which started in 1999, will close for good next week due to “numerous barriers to our sustainability,” Executive Director Dainen Penta wrote Tuesday.
Anna A. Zehm never sought exposure. But her fierce crusade for justice following the unlawful arrest, beating and death of her son, Otto, became a yearslong public campaign for better police training in Spokane.
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.
While the struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder is real, the stereotype of mental illness as the cause of violence is not. It’s a cringe-inducing link for those who know and love someone who lives with a mental health diagnosis. On Veterans Day, we honor all those who served and came back. Time to honor our veterans further by laying to rest a destructive stereotype, the myth of the veteran as a “ticking time bomb.”
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. D-Day, June 7, 1944
Longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington will serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington after Mike Ormsby was asked last Friday to resign by President Donald Trump’s administration.
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history Pinchot’s death, Oct. 7, 1946
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 in a courtroom salute of Karl Thompson to be confirmed as Spokane’s next police chief.
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 felon Karl Thompson Jr. in federal court.
Newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology for the hurt caused by his salute of former officer Karl Thompson following Thompson's conviction for violating civil rights in the death of Otto Zehm.
We have yet to heal our relationship with our own peace officers. They have yet to heal their relationship with us.
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.
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 a confrontation with Thompson.
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 Snyder resigned last month to take a job in state government. The seat represents south Spokane.
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.
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 “honesty” and “credibility.”
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 been criminally charged in state courts with the illegal use of deadly force on the job.
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 choice: the guy accused of whitewashing the infamous Otto Zehm videos. That’s the bad news. The good news, so far as it goes, is that once concerns were raised about “credibility problems” with the work of Grant Fredericks, the owner of Spokane-based Forensic Video Solutions, the brass ordered a separate review, according to investigative files released last week.
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 House on Thursday as part of a forum on community policing. Condon said Spokane’s voluntary two-year review by the U.S. Department of Justice, the creation of the Criminal Justice Commission and the citizen-led effort at expanding oversight through an empowered ombudsman have put it ahead of other cities struggling with trust and legitimacy in their police departments.
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.”