Emotions Run High At Thompson Detention Ruling - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Emotions Run High At Thompson Detention Ruling

SPOKANE, Wash. - In an emotion-packed federal courtroom, a federal magistrate on Friday ruled that Spokane police officer Karl Thompson be jailed immediately while he awaits sentencing.  

Thompson had been free after his conviction on Wednesday of violating the civil rights of 36-year-old Otto Zehm by using excessive force and of lying about it to investigators. Zehm died two days after the 2006 encounter in a north Spokane convenience store. 
 
U.S. Magistrate James Hutton decided Friday that Thompson should be jailed immediately. That decision was met with sounds of disapproval in a courtroom packed with off-duty police officers.

KHQ's Alex Rozier, who was in the courtroom at the time of the ruling, reports that more than 50 off-duty Spokane Police officers stood in unison and saluted Karl Thompson with "presented arms" as he was led out of the courtroom. It was also the first time that several members of Otto Zehm's family were in the same courtroom with Thompson.   
 
A jury convicted ThompsonFederal prosecutors say they'll seek 6-8 year sentence for Thompson.   
 
Defense attorneys say they intend to seek a new trial. 
 
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