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County Commissioners Denounce Attempted Bombing

OFFICIAL RELEASE: In the wake of the attempted bombing during Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Unity March, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners denounce the act as domestic terrorism and call on all County residents to remain vigilant in defense of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
"It is appalling to think that a celebration to commemorate the life and work of Dr. King could have ended so tragically.  We cannot allow such acts to go unanswered and unpunished," Commissioner and Board Chair Al French said.
Commissioner Mark Richard, who spoke at the event, expressed concern about the number of people who would have been injured or killed if the bomb had detonated successfully, "Hundreds of people, including children, gathered to celebrate and recommit their lives to cause of human rights.  If nothing else, this kind of violence shows us that we must continue Dr. King's work for justice and peace."
As the FBI investigation continues, Commissioner Todd Mielke praised the alert city employee who noticed the backpack and contacted law enforcement.  "As citizens, we should all be vigilant and work together on behalf of the greater community," Mielke said.
The County Commissioners also want to assure the public that they, and the Sheriff's Office, are committed to assisting the City of Spokane and Police Department during the investigation.
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