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Thomas Clouse
The Spokesman-Review

A federal magistrate has ruled today that the public should pay for the defense of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. as he faces felony charges that he violated the rights of Otto Zehm by using unreasonable force and lying to investigators about the struggle.

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Thompson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno set a signature bond of $50,000 for Thompson. That type of bond does not require Thompson to pay any money up front but means he would forfeit that amount if he flees before trial.

Imbrogno also restricted Thompson's travel only to North Idaho and the Eastern District of Washington. She ordered him to surrender all firearms used as part of his work as an officer or at home.

Attorney Ronald Van Wert, who stood in for Carl Oreskovich, said Thompson has already turned over his guns based on a prior agreement. He noted that Thompson is no longer working as a patrol officer and is now working a desk job.

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