Social media spreads threats of 'Purge'-like violence in Spokane



Posted on August 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 5:48 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—An online prank promising to purge Spokane has police frustrated. The Spokane Police Department has been fielding questions about a social media frenzy that is creating concern in Spokane and other cities.
A graphic began circulating on social media websites in August promising a purge in Spokane similar to the 2013 popular horror movie.

Flyers have gone around on social media suggesting riots and breaking into stores.

The flyer reads:

August 22, 2014 everyone be downtown let’s start a riot and hit up all the stores.”

Leaders with the Spokane Police Department said the entire thing is frustrating and that there is no credible threat. Officers said they do not believe the event will happen. SPD officers will patrol on Friday just like any other night.

Two movies based on the concept of The Purge have brought in tens of millions of dollars. Each film has the premise of letting you break the law without any punishment for 12 hours.

SPD leaders want the public to know this will absolutely not be the case on Friday.

“We don't have any specific information to suggest this is a credible threat or that this event will even occur,” said Lt. Bart Stevens with SPD.

Denver and Houston have also seen similar social media posts.