SPOKANE, Wash. -- It has been nearly one year since the law prohibiting panhandling in downtown Spokane went into effect.
The law has not stop panhandlers in the downtown area but Spokane Police have made arrests.
Tony Felix panhandles at the intersection of Division and Third. He said he has been homeless for 8 years and has been panhandling since before the ordinance went into affect.
“We are out here just flying a piece of cardboard trying to make a couple dollars. We ain’t out here stealing or nothing like that,” said Felix.
Felix said he takes the change even though police could cite or arrest him.
Spokane Police could not immediately provide KREM 2 News with the number of arrests it has made in the past years.
“I would say we have seen a decline in the downtown zone. We still have issues at the exits of the freeway and that’s probably one of our main concerns down here,” said Spokane Police Captain Judi Carl.
Captain Carl said officers do give out warnings and information about services available for the homeless.