Anniversary Of Otto Zehm's Death | Crime
Over the last six years, Otto Zehm has become a household name in Spokane; but it's a name that came to be recognized by a series of traumatic events. It's a name that came to be recognized because of his death and the way he died.
Exactly six years ago, on March 20th, 2006, Otto Zehm passed away from the injuries he received from Spokane Police. Zehm was beaten and tasered by Spokane Police at a Northside Zip Trip in 2006. He died two days later. An investigation into his death later showed Zehm did nothing to provoke it.
Just last Fall, a jury convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson of using excessive force in Zehm's death. He was also convicted of lying about the attack on Zehm and what lead up to it. Thompson is currently appealing the court's decision.
Zehm's family told KXLY Thompson's conviction helps bring justice to their lost loved one.