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This is injustice at its finest. Without any evidence, without any logical reason, an innocent man was beaten and murdered by those who are sworn in and paid to protect him. Despite his claims of innocence and attempts to save himself, the "good guys" proved themselves otherwise. Then, faster than they rushed in and attacked him, they called in for legal backup. Guilty conscience, anyone? Thompson, sadly, is just one example of bad cops in Spokane. Wayne Creach, a pastor, was shot and killed by a sheriff´s deputy while checking on a possible burglary on his farm. Shonto Pete was shot by an off-duty officer who accused Pete of trying to steal his truck outside of Dempsey´s...when is enough, enough Spokane? On a side note, isn´t it interesting that Mr. Thompson was willing to "lose" all of his valuable possessions to his ex-wife in a non-contested divorce but wasn´t willing to simply question a man about his actions before beating and shocking him? He was willing to give up his car and home, but unwilling to question someone who was defending himself with a 2 liter bottle of soda? Isn´t it interesting that nothing, other than their legal marital status changed? They still live together. Interesting. Perhaps Thompson received some well-timed legal counsel from Mr. Treppiedi. Thanks for a well-written, detailed report. You´ve made Otto´s story accessible to those who need to stand up and say enough is enough. It´s been five and a half years since his death, the Zehm family deserves answers and justice. I hope the people of Spokane realize they have the power to vote in better officials who can do a better job of ensuring that something like this never happens again.
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