Spokane To Purchase Body Cameras, Keep Pot Stores Away From Pedestrians

By Steve Jackson/Paige Browning

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to purchase body cameras for the police force. Spokane joins other cities in adopting the technology, that so far has proved to lower the use of force by police.

Spokane will purchase 220 cameras, for $730,000. Taser International produces the cameras, and markets them as a tool to dramatically decrease complaints against law enforcement.
The Airway Heights Police Department was the first local agency to use body cameras. They purchased cameras four years ago. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department began using body cameras last year, and in Liberty Lake some police officers wear cameras voluntarily.
During the meeting Monday, city council also approved zoning restrictions on marijuana businesses. They altered an existing city rule that allowed recreational and medical marijuana facilities in pedestrian-friendly shopping centers, like the Garland district. Instead, the stores will only be allowed to operate in dense business zones, like north Division. Liquor control board rules will allow eight retail marijuana stores to operate within Spokane city limits.
The council also clarified language allowing for the continued operation of medical marijuana collective gardens, which already exist. They can continue as long as they procure the appropriate permit from the city within 30 days (Oct 23rd).
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