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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:28 AM

Dying man's last words - 'All I wanted was a Snickers bar'

Dying man's last words - 'All I wanted was a Snickers bar'

A former Spokane Police Officer, accused of beating a mentally challenged man to death more than 6 years ago, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

On March 18, 2006 at approximately 8:25 PM, Otto Zehm, a 36-year-old mentally challenged janitor, walked into a Spokane, Washington gas station to buy a candy bar. Around the same time, police received a 911 call from two women. The women told police a white male with long blond hair, wearing a black jacket, jeans and boots, approached their car while they were at a drive-up ATM machine. The women believed the man was trying to get into their car, became frightened, and drove away. As they were leaving, they saw the man walk over to the ATM. As he walked away from the ATM, they report seeing a "receipt" in his hand and a "large wad" of what they believed to be money from the woman's bank account.

Officers were sent to the scene and spotted a man matching the description the women had given. According to the police radio recording, the suspect began fighting with Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., the first officer to arrive on the scene. A video of the incident shows a different story however.

The store's surveillance video shows Zehm walking into the store, with Officer Thompson following moments later. Thompson approaches Zehm with his police baton in hand. Zehm turns and attempts to flee down a store aisle. Thompson strikes Zehm with the baton and Zehm falls to the ground. Thompson can be seen standing over Zehm, striking him multiple times.

Approximately 16 minutes after the confrontation began, Zehm stopped breathing. Paramedics arrived, administered CPR and rushed Zehm to the hospital. Zehm remained in a coma for two days before being pronounced dead.

It was later learned that Zehm had committed no crime.

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Assistant U.S. attorney Tim Durkin told the court:

"There were seven baton strikes in less than eight seconds. There is compelling medical evidence in this case that Mr. Zehm sustained serious bodily injury. When officers abuse their power and lie to cover it up, it fundamentally undermines their position of trust in the community."


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/337157#ixzz2D244lgGG



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Reply Dying man's last words - 'All I wanted was a Snickers bar' (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
Iggo Nov 2012 #1
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blkmusclmachine Nov 2012 #2
Comrade_McKenzie Nov 2012 #3
Dawson Leery Nov 2012 #23
dorksied Nov 2012 #4
demwing Nov 2012 #14
Twinguard Nov 2012 #15
Chemisse Nov 2012 #5
kooljerk666 Nov 2012 #6
Chemisse Nov 2012 #7
kooljerk666 Nov 2012 #8
Chemisse Nov 2012 #9
kooljerk666 Nov 2012 #10
Katashi_itto Nov 2012 #19
gstxdem4445ex Nov 2012 #16
The Doctor. Nov 2012 #11
MjolnirTime Nov 2012 #12
Katashi_itto Nov 2012 #20
craigmatic Nov 2012 #13
aletier_v Nov 2012 #17
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #21
woo me with science Nov 2012 #18
Iggy Nov 2012 #22

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:50 AM

1. Yay, Cops!

They're the best!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:06 AM

2. .

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:12 AM

3. It's a good thing I'm not a judge...

 

My sentence to all cops in these situations would be to stand at the Mexican border a DEA jacket on.

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:39 PM

23. +1000

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:45 AM

4. So the value of a life is 4 years? Hmm, good to know. :/

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Response to dorksied (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:51 AM

14. For a cop, 4 years will seem like 20

I don't imagine it's easy time being an officer in a prison cell

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Response to dorksied (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:32 PM

15. He (Thompson) was never convicted of murder.

He was convicted of using excessive force and lying to investigators.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:52 AM

5. Four years. If I did that I would get 20.

I am truly sick of police getting away with murder.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:22 AM

6. Unless he stays in his cell 24 hours a day.............

 

he is gonna have problems, like chronic TBI & smashed bones.

People in jail do not like live cops.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:02 AM

7. Well I don't wish him that.

Perhaps we should build a special prison just for convicted cops - to keep them safe.

And then maybe we should feel compelled to fill that prison.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:35 AM

8. It does not matter what we wish.........

 

people in jail do not like cops.

He is not gonna have many friends.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:44 AM

9. There is nothing wrong with wishing for the best.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:00 AM

10. If a murderer can get out of jail in 4 years...

 

then their are a lot of outcomes that may look "evil" that really are for the best.

Who wants to live next to a murderer?

This guy is a killer & a liar, having him loose in society is not "the best".

I would cry a LOT more if I saw any animal hurt than if I saw this guy dead.

I have been framed by cops, watched them commit perjury & then spent 6 months in one of the worst jails in PA.

One good thing I got real real good at is waiting.......................and waiting....................and waiting...........

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:10 PM

19. Yep..hopwfully he'll wind up somebodies punk.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:37 PM

16. +100

 

The whole justice system is rigged against us. So unfair

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:43 AM

11. Many Cowards become Cops

 


Because they think it will remove their insecurity.

They are always wrong.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:09 AM

12. Just give him the same seven baton strikes and see how he fairs.

 

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Response to MjolnirTime (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:11 PM

20. I agree make the person delivering the strikes a Kendo master. At the min he'll never walk again.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:47 AM

13. If the victim had been a minority nothing would have happened to the cop.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:47 PM

17. but no discussion of the female hysteria that kicked it all off?

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Response to aletier_v (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:10 PM

21. not sure. Event happened 6 years ago. I assume that was heavily in the

news back then - that the public required answers on the allegations of the paranoid women

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:40 PM

18. Had enough yet, America? nt

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:05 AM

22. I Was Fed Up Some Time Ago...

 

the cop gets FOUR years??

why bother giving him any prison time at all?

Life (some) is cheap in America.

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