Zehm family says they support new Spokane Police Chief

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by CHRIS NGUYEN & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 5:18 PM

SPOKANE-- The Zehm family sees Mayor Condon’s announcement of the new Spokane Police Chief as a new beginning.
   
Otto Zehm’s relatives met with frank Straub during his public interview last month.

Spokane officers beat Otto Zehm with a baton, tasered him, then hog tied him back in 2006. Zehm died a few days later.

KREM 2's Chris Nguyen spoke to Zehm's family attorney about the new man leading the police department.

Wednesday's announcement marked the beginning of a "new chapter" for not only the city, but also their family said the Zehm family attorney. "What the Zehm family really wants is that the next police chief adhere to Spokane values, which is treat everyone with dignity and respect," said attorney Breean Beggs.


(Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub)
   
Restoring public trust is key according to the Zehm family attorney. "The family is wishing Mr. Straub all the best as he really steers our department, and our city through some major cultural changes, and strategic changes of how we do in policing in Spokane,” said Beggs.
   
The Zehm family attorney hopes that the community will rally behind the new chief and said that he'll need the support to create change.

 

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