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May 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Spokane to pay $1.67M in death of mentally ill man killed by police

The Associated Press

SPOKANE — The city of Spokane will pay $1.67 million to the family of Otto Zehm, who was beaten to death at the hands of police in 2006.

An out-of-court settlement reached today also called for the city to formally apologize for the death of Zehm, and to implement better training for police officers.

The settlement follows two days of mediation efforts by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan of Oregon.

The civil lawsuit was filed by attorneys Jeffry Finer and Breean Beggs on behalf of the mother and estate of Zehm, a mentally ill janitor who died two days after the beating.

The civil case is separate from a criminal case filed in federal court over the death of Zehm.

 

 

 

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