Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Update: Otto Zehm beating death in Spokane, WA

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As previously reported here, Spokane Police Department Officer Thompson has been convicted in the beating death of Otto Zehm (who had been mistakenly reported, back in 2006, as a thief at a convenience store ATM).  More indictments are expected regarding the coverup.  More delay for the civil suit, of course, but had to note a little soundbite from the media coverage:

Federal prosecutors told the jury during trial that Thompson told department officials that Zehm “attacked” and “lunged” at him, which prompted him to use his baton. However, after [Police Officer] McIntyre viewed the video prosecutors say she told Thompson that the video showed no lunge and he then stopped making that claim.

Wow.  Bad.  Don’t let anyone tell you that police can be trusted to screen video footage, at least when the screener’s fellow  policemen are committing any legally questionable state actor conduct in the video recording.  This tipping off of the bad policeman is what can, and at least sometimes does, happen.

Written by Burgers Allday

March 25, 2012 at 2:07 am

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