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12 People Arrested At Immigration Protest In Downtown Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police Department Press Release: 

This morning at around 11 am approximately 50-60 people gathered in Downtown Spokane near 10 N. Post Street in a protest for immigration reform. Spokane Police had developed an operations plan to support citizens' right to conduct 1st Amendment demonstration activities, respond to criminal violations of the law, and enhance public safety.

During the demonstration, a group of protesters gathered in the middle of Post Street, locked arms and sat in the street, obstructing traffic and creating safety concerns. Police supervisors repeatedly told protesters to leave the street and informed them they were in violation of the law. Officers had to divert traffic for approximately ½ hour to protect the safety of the protesters and passing motorists. After repeated officer directives to leave the street, 12 people were arrested for Interference with Pedestrian/Vehicular Traffic. The 12 individuals were booked into the Spokane County Jail.

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