Spokane's top cop: mistakes were made

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A high-ranking Spokane police official is for the first time acknowledging that the department made troubling mistakes while investigating a 2006 confrontation that led to the death of a mentally disabled janitor.

The comments by Interim Chief Scott Stephens marked the most candid acknowledgment yet from police leadership that the department recognizes the problems exposed by the death of Otto Zehm.

Stephens told The Spokesman-Review that numerous changes already have been made within the department and that more are coming.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com