Zehm family to receive $1.67 million, formal apology

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 6:13 PM

SPOKANE-- An out-of-court settlement has been reached in the civil suit against Spokane police filed by relatives of Otto Zehm, who was beaten to death at the hands of police in 2006.
  
The City of Spokane and Zehm family attorneys held a press conference at 4:30p.m. Tuesday regarding mediation sessions.

Officials announced the Zehm family will receives $1.67 million from the City of Spokane. They will also receive a formal apology from Mayor Condon.

Another $2 million will be set aside for police training and resources.  A pavilion will also be named for Otto Zehm.

The judge called the settlement constructive and generous.

The settlement follows two days of mediation efforts by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan of Oregon.
 
Zehm’s family filed a $14.5 million civil lawsuit against nine officers. A judge ordered the family’s attorneys, City of Spokane attorneys, and the city’s insurance carrier to meet on May 14 and 15.

A jury convicted former officer Karl Thompson last year of using excessive force in the case and lying to investigators.  He is one of nine officers named in the lawsuit.

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