Spokane mayor, police chief and members of black community to hold news conference Monday

Craig Meidl Nadine Woodward

SPOKANE, Wash. – Mayor Nadine Woodward, Police Chief Craig Meidl and members of Spokane’s black community will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to address the situation that unfolded downtown Sunday night.

Thousands of people gathered to peacefully protest on Sunday afternoon, but the situation turned chaotic as a separate group of people took advantage of the situation and became violent. Police responded to the aggression with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Looters broke into stores, cracked glass windows and graffitied buildings across downtown. Protesters returned to the area Monday morning to clean up the damage.

The press conference will be held at noon outside of the downtown Nike store. 4 News Now will carry the news conference on television, Facebook and online at kxly.com/watch.

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