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Wed., Feb. 9, 2011, 10:17 a.m.

Big turnout for crime prevention summit

Mayor Mary Verner, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick at the violence prevention summit at City Hall on Feb. 9, 2011 (Pia Hallenberg)
Mayor Mary Verner, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick at the violence prevention summit at City Hall on Feb. 9, 2011 (Pia Hallenberg)

This blog was a twittering and facebooking fool last night at City Hall's crime prevention summit. On stage were Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Colleague Jonathan Brunt had this story in today's paper.

It was interesting that only a handful of people stood up in support of Ivan Bush, long-time civil rights leader, when he talked about how Spokane has a race problem.
The crowd was more supportive of speakers who talked about preventing domestic violence, not that the two issues can be compared.
Interesting statistic from Chief Kirkpatrick: the Spokane Police Department made contact with people 132,000 times last year, made 4,516 arrests and visited 2,649 people on warrants.

The NAACP is hosting a community meeting at East Central Community Center (500 S. Stone) on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to continue the conversation about the bomb found prior to the Martin Luther King Day March, race relations and policing.




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Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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