Spokane City Council votes unanimously to approve Zehm family settlement

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Updated Monday, May 21 at 11:24 PM

SPOKANE--The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a $1.67 million settlement for Otto Zehm's family.

Spokane police beat, tasered and hogtied Zehm back in 2006.  He later died.

As part of the settlement, money will also go to increase police training, the mayor will give a written apology and a plaque in Zehm's honor will be placed at a city park.
 
The Zehm family has said they want to see former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson sentenced and sent to prison.  Thompson's sentencing has been delayed by requests for an acquittal or a new trial.  He was convicted last November of using excessive force and lying about it to investigators.

The city council president said last week they planned to suspend regular rules and approve the resolution tonight.  Many on the council acknowledged that the resolution could never heal all the wounds created by Zehm’s death, but hope it will help repair the image of Spokane police in the eyes of the public.

A few people spoke before the vote, expressing their anger at how long it took to resolve the case.  After six years, the Zehm family appreciated how fast this part of the process was.
 

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