Mayor Condon writes apology for Zehm death

Published On: Jun 14 2012 08:47:46 AM PDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2012 12:24:55 PM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Six years after Otto Zehm died at the hands of Spokane police, Spokane Mayor David Condon has delivered a hand-written letter of apology to Zehm's mother.

Condon met with Ann Zehm last week to deliver his letter.

Otto Zehm was 36 in 2006 after he was mistakenly accused of theft and beaten, hog-tied and Tasered by police in a convenience store. Zehm, a mentally disabled janitor who had committed no crime, died two days later without regaining consciousness.

The written apology was part of a mediated settlement of a lawsuit that was reached last month between the city and Ann Zehm.

It also called for a payment of $1.67 million, better training for police and a pavilion in a Spokane park to be named in honor of Zehm.