SPD amps up security for MLK Unity March

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash—Spokane police led the MLK Unity March Monday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people of all ages attended the event.

Spokane Police said the decision to add more security was made during March.

“Every year we reevaluate our plan to make sure that we’re doing everything that we possibly can to make sure that the event is safe,” said Monique Cotton with Spokane Police Department.

Spokane Police Department had 50 people working according to officials. Uniformed officers were on every intersection of the parade route and air one patrolled from above. Cotton said there were not any incidents reported.

Participants said they appreciated the extra security but did not want possible threats to keep others from attending.

“I’m aware of it, but I’m not going to let fear stop me,” said Marcher Rhonda Clark. “I don’t want to model that for my children that they would live in fear.”

Leaders also considered charging for metered parking, but decided not to.

 

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