Police Encounter Few Problems at May Day Protests and March

Sgt. Teresa Fuller

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5:14 p.m.

Several hundred people gathered in Spokane to protest/counter protest the current “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order from Governor Inslee. The group started at the Spokane Arena and marched to the Spokane County Court House. Spokane Police Officers were staged to monitor the event in order to keep the peace and take enforcement measures if necessary.

Today, May 1, 2020, at approximately 2:00pm, protestors descended on the Spokane Veteran’s Arena. From there they marched to the Spokane County Court house where they held a rally calling for the reopening of Spokane County businesses and activities. For the most part protestors obeyed traffic laws, even taking the time to cut through Kendall Yards to avoid having to cross Monroe Street, and the disruption to traffic was minimal.

Once at the courthouse, the gathering continued to be peaceful and no police or law enforcement action was necessary. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the demonstration. We’d also like to thank our partners from Spokane County Detention Services, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, and the Spokane Fire Department for their assistance in ensuring this was a safe event for all involved.

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