Mayor Condon statement on Thompson sentencing | News
In response to Thursday?s sentencing decision of Karl Thompson, Spokane Mayor David Condon has released the following statement.
?After more than six and a half years, today?s decision brings us closure on some level.� Now is the time for healing.�
?I appreciate Judge Van Sickle?s thoughtful and purposeful work today and throughout this case.� The sentencing decision was difficult, for we know there is no perfect amount of time, no perfect number.� Any decision leads to pain for someone in our community.
?As a City and a Police Department, we know our challenge is to continue to move forward to a better future.� Our focus remains on continuing to improve public trust and confidence in the Spokane Police Department and its officers.� That work includes implementing the recommendations of the Use of Force Commission and achieving enhanced civilian oversight of police.� We expect that our citizens will join us in these endeavors.
?And finally, to Ann Zehm and the many family and friends of Mr. Otto Zehm, I am hopeful that this decision brings you peace.?