Spokane Police Brutality Case Is Eerily Similar To Fullerton Cop Killing Of Kelly Thomas

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Kelly Thomas
In a case with eery similarities to the 2011 police beating death of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, a veteran Spokane, Washington cop yesterday received a 51-month prison sentence in the excessive force death of a mentally disable man.

Officer Karl Thompson, 65, lead the charge against 36-year-old Otto Zehm, a school janitor who was falsely accused of a petty crime in 2006 and then hog-tied, severely beaten in the head with a baton and tasered until he died.

In the Orange County case, a group of Fullerton Police Department cops falsely accused the unarmed, Schizophrenic Thomas, 37, of a petty crime and then beat him to death--including crushing bones in his face with the butt of a steel Taser gun while he was being held down, punched and kicked.

In both cases, defense lawyers for the offending officers claim there is no evidence that the severe beatings killed the innocent citizens who had been minding their own business before police decided to target them.

(Zehm's finally words were, "All I wanted was a Snickers bar." Thomas' dying gasps were, "Dad!")

Also, in both cases, cops initially lied about events and public sentiment erupted against police brutality.

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Ex-Fullerton cops Jay Cicinelli and Manny Ramos 
Unlike the Spokane case, however, the U.S. Department of Justice isn't assisting Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who has charged three Fullerton cops with felonies in Thomas' death.

"When officers abuse their power and lie to cover it up, it fundamentally undermines their position of trust in the community," federal prosecutor Victor Boutros, who worked on the Spokane case, told a reporter.


Fullerton cops Manuel RamosJay Cicinelli and Joseph Wolfe--all of whom were fired--face a future jury trial.

Police unions in California assert that cops can use lethal force anytime an officer asserts that he believed his life was in jeopardy--even when the killed person was unarmed and innocent of any criminal activity.

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yobluemama
yobluemama

Thompson got away with murder--- he wasn't even charged for it, even though Otto's death was ruled a homicide. He was charged with using excessive force and for lying to investigators. 50 of Spokane's finest saluted him in the Courtrooom to "honor him"---Otto Zehm's mother was there to see that despicable act. Thompson will get his Police pension while incarcerated, and remained free a full year after his conviction. I would say that it's a stretch to say Justice was served in the case, but what little there was is only because the Justice Department stepped in; the Spokane County Prosecutor declined to prosecute  anyone for Otto's death.  

cc304938isajerk
cc304938isajerk

cc304938 - what is your point?  this cop just out and whcke this guy 7 times with no provocation, then proceeded to beat the shit out of him to the point that this gu died 2 days later.  what's wrong with yourtwisted cop-fucking brain - this cop deserves to be sentenced for murder!

cc304938
cc304938

WOW, YOU EVEN TOOK YOU'RE REPLYS OFF THIS BLOG? GREAT, NOW LETS CORRECT THE FALSE STATEMENT IN THIS STORY. "then hog-tied, severely beaten in the head with a baton and tasered until he died." THIS IS NOT WHAT THE LINK YOU PROVIDED SAID HAPPEND, IN FACT HE DIED 2 DAYS LATER IN A HOSPITAL.

cc304938
cc304938

Evenb the link you provided proves what a liar you are. "Thompson without warning in the store while other officers hog-tied him and sat on him till he passed out." He died 2 days later in a hospital, you change the story to say ,"then hog-tied, severely beaten in the head with a baton and tasered until he died" BIG DIFFERENCE, BUT AN ASS LIKE YOU DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH

cc304938
cc304938

all your stories are full of shit, just like you

cc304938
cc304938

Here we go again, this is not how it happend "then hog-tied, severely beaten in the head with a baton and tasered until he died"  The man died 2 days later in a hospital. Just can not write the truth? sad excuse for a press writter...

cc304938
cc304938

look, i really don't care what you're sexual preference is, but i do care about a filthy liar who thinks he has a right to print his lies and call them facts.

cc304938
cc304938

well fuck head, you have no shame to twist a story, input lies, to do what? make the police look bad? prop up your own ego? Make the family of the dead person more upset about some bull shit you want to add that is NOT EVEN TRUE? FUCK OFF YOU SHIT HEAD

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