Spokane council approves death settlement



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council has voted unanimously to approve a $1.67 million settlement with the family of a man who was beaten to death in 2006 by police.

The council voted Monday night. Terms of the settlement were reached last week in a mediation session.

The money would go to the family of Otto Zehm. He was fatally injured in police custody after he was wrongly suspected of taking money from an ATM. The settlement also calls for the city to deliver a letter of apology to Zehm’s family and improve police training.

The lawsuit originally sought $14 million in damages.

The Spokesman-Review reports the city will pay $720,000 with the rest being paid by the city’s insurance carrier, AIG.