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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Red-light camera critic wants Spokane mayor recalled

A critic of Spokane’s red-light cameras who says he was assaulted in 2013 by a city employee while trying to prepare his legal defense against one of the traffic tickets now wants to recall Mayor David Condon.

Spokane resident Kyle Murakami’s recall petition is set for a hearing Aug. 6 in Spokane County Superior Court to determine whether it should be dismissed or be sent to the ballot. The hearing was sought by Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, who by law must summarize the allegations contained in recall petitions and submit them for judicial review.

Murakami said Wednesday he holds Condon responsible for failing to discipline city employees who he describes in documents as threatening him and shoving him to the ground as he tried to have a subpoena served in April 2013 in connection with his upcoming traffic case. He contends the city failed to follow proper signage and used misleading photos in court to discredit his defense, and has shared his concerns about Spokane's handling of the program with City Council members during the open forum section of its weekly meetings.

David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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