A SPOKANE COUPLE IS SPEAKING OUT TONIGHT.
THEY'RE UPSET OVER THE LIGHT SENTENCE GIVEN TO A TEEN
WHO ATTACKED THEM.
WE FIRST HEARD THE STORY OF BILLIE AND BRUCE PALMER
BACK IN JANUARY.
THE COUPLE WAS LEAVING DINNER AT THE STEAM PLANT GRILL
WHEN A GROUP OF TEENS SURROUNDED THEIR CAR.
THE NIGHT ENDED WITH A VIOLENT ASSAULT.
AND THE TEENS SENTENCE.
FIVE DAYS IN JAIL.
AND SIX DAYS PROBATION.
A NIGHT THAT STARTED AS A CELEBRATION TURNED OUT TO
BE ANYTHING BUT...
We backed up into the Alley to head down to Howard
and that's when this group came around the corner
and filled the alley and as they passed
BRUCE PALMER WAS FORCED TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP.
As they passed my vehicle, one of them took something
and slammed the back in of the van.
BRUCES WIFE BILLIE THEN ROLLED DOWN HER WINDOW TO
A CURSING TEEN.
SCREAMING THAT HE HAD BEEN STRUCK BY THEIR VEHICLE.
THE CONCERNED COUPLE THEN GOT OUT OF THEIR CAR.
the thug who beat me, he just came at me and exploded
and I tried to keep him at bay but he was determined,
determined to fight.
BRUCE SAYS HE HAD TO MAKE A SPLIT SECOND DECISION.
OR TRY AND GET A HOLD OF THE TEEN UNTIL THE COPS CAME.
Hold him on the ground, and hopefully be able to hang
on long enough and survive until the police got there.
Because that was the only way I was going to be able
to get any justice out of it.
BRUCE SUFFERED A BROKEN NOSE.
CUTS ON HIS FACE.
AND BRUISES ALL OVER HIS BODY.
17 YEAR OLD RESPONSIBLE FOR IT ALL
He got 5 days with 6 months probation
BRUCE AND HIS WIFE ARE NOW LEFT WITH MANY QUESTIONS.
THEY HAVE FILED RESTITUTION.
BUT STILL FEEL A LOSS FOR JUSTICE.
The police will tell you, it is a revolving door.
They process most of these minors, they're violent,
and they're back up out on the streets
BRUCE SAYS HIS ONLY HOPE IS PEOPLE LEARN FROM WHAT
HAPPENED AND DEMAND CHANGE...
My greater concern is the people of Spokane didn't
get justice out of this.
We have a dangerous criminal element that lives on
the streets of Spokane
HE AND HIS WIFE WERE NAIVE.
And I am afraid so many people are.
I'm not the last one to get attacked downtown.
It will happen again.
AFTER THE ATTACK OCCURRED.
THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID THIS INCIDENT IS
VERY RARE AND, IN FACT, VIOLENT CRIME IN DOWNTOWN
IS DOWN 25 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.