Thursday, June 25, 2009

Spokane Police Officer Indicted in Case of Death of Innocent Man

After nearly two years of deliberations, a federal grand jury in Spokane, Washington, indicted Spokane Police office Karl Thompson on two felony charges in connection with the March 18, 2006, violent encounter that resulted in the death of Otto Zehm, a 36-year-old janitor that suffered from mental illness. Zehm died after being beaten with a baton, tazed, and hogtied with a mask placed over his face. Turns out, Mr. Zehm had not even committed a crime. Otto Zehm stopped breathing after restrained by Police and died. The Center for Justice, a non-profit Spokane law firm, has a collection of news and video content regarding the case including the Indictment, information on the civil lawsuit pending, and other information. Both the civil and criminal cases will be worth watching on the topic of police accountability.

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