Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

The Otto Zehm beating death in Spokane

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This case has been going on since police beat Otto Zehm to death in Spokane, Washington in 2006. As you may know, I generally don’t blog police-subdue-person-going-crazy cases, and Otto Zehm was mentally ill. However, it looks like he wasn’t acting crazy when the police officers beat him to death.

In 2009, the civil suit was put on hold because of criminal prosecution of some of the police officers by the federal government. This month a jury convicted one of the policemen for civil rights violations in connection with the Zehm beating and failed cover-up measures. Perhaps this means the civil case can restart.

Here is how police officers reacted to the guilty verdict at Officer Thompson’s criminal trial:


Written by Burgers Allday

November 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

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  1. […] previously reported here, Spokane Police Department Officer Thompson has been convicted in the beating death of Otto Zehm […]

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