SPOKANE POLICE ARE CRACKING DOWN ON PEOPLE WHO SIT
OR LIE ON DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS.
IT COMES AFTER INCIDENTS WITH ROUDY YOUTH INCLUDING
ONE LAST SUMMER.... WHEN A BYSTANDER WAS SUCKER PUNCHED
AND KNOCKED OUT IN FRONT OF THE SATELLITE DINER.
KXLY'S ALLIE NORTON IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
SHE'S LIVE IN THE STUDIO.
ALLIE, WHAT ARE THEY DOING?
NADINE, RIGHT NOW IT'S JUST ABOUT INFORMING PEOPLE.
THEY'RE HANDING OUT THESE FLYERS WHICH TELLS WHAT
THE UPDATED LAW PROHIBITS AND WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES
FOR SCOTT MITCHELL .... DOWNTOWN IS THE MEETING PLACE.
"This where the massive street people and friends...
they just gather here.
AND MICHAEL BROGDON... HE'S RECENLTY BEEN CALLING
"I've been out here, like in total four months. It's
just been on and off though because of issues with
BUT NOW.... THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE. SPOKANE POLICE
IS CRACKING DOWN ON THE CITY LAW THAT PROHIBITS SITTING
"It's helped us to be able to move people along and
to improve the perception of safety in the downtown
THEY STARTED HANDING OUT THESE INFORMATIONAL FLYERS
ON MAY FIRST.
THE LAW PROHIBITS SITTING OR LYING DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK
BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 A-M TO MIDNIGHT.
"We're talking about sidewalks, we're talking about
planters, we're talking about garbage cans, we're
talking about mailboxes. We're talking about things
that aren't designed for sitting.
THE MUNICIPAL CODE WAS UPDATED IN THE WINTER TO ALLOW
POLICE TO ARREST VIOLATORS.
BUT OFFICIALS SAY THAT IS A LAST RESORT.
RIGHT NOW IT ABOUT INFORMING PEOPLE AND DIRECTING
THEM TOWARD SERVICES.
"You guys are moving out there together? Nice.
CAPTAIN JUDI CARL SAYS THEY'RE NOT TARGETING THE HOMELESS.
SHE SAYS IT'S ABOUT MAKING EVERYONE FEEL COMFORTABLE
IN DOWNTOWN... AND RIGHT NOW THAT'S LACKING BECAUSE
OF BIG GROUPS OF YOUTH JUST HANGING OUT.
"We think it's part of their social outlet and they
group together and they
have friends and they've established
relationships within this group and they're just in
the downtown just sort of wandering.")
SCOTT MITCHELL SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THE LAW... BUT
SAY IT'S UNFORTUNATE IT'S NEEDED.
"Certain few mess it up for the rest of them and they
bring it down on all of us
A VIOLATION OF THIS LAW IS A MISDEMEANOR.
SPOKANE POLICE IS ALSO CRACKING DOWN ON J-WALKING,
PANHANDLING, LITTERING AND GRAFFITI.
THE MAYOR'S OFFICE DID A SURVEY RECENTLY WHERE PEOPLE
SAID THEY'D LIKE TO SEE MORE POLICE PRESENCE TO ENFORCE
REPORTING IN THE STUDIO, ALLIE NORTON KXLY 4 NEWS.