SPOKANE POLICE CHIEF ON BOSTON: 'We Can't Go Into Bunkers And Li - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SPOKANE POLICE CHIEF ON BOSTON: 'We Can't Go Into Bunkers And Live Our Life In Fear'

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub holds a press conf. on Friday Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub holds a press conf. on Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub briefed the media Friday in regards to a number of issues relating to this week's bombings in Boston and how the Spokane Police are preparing for both the Susan G. Komen Race on Sunday and Bloomsday in a few weeks.

Chief Straub reinforced that there is no information to suggest that there is any threat to the state of Washington and the Inland Northwest, but he said the city needs to remain vigilant.

RACE PLANS:

Chief Straub said that they will be increasing their efforts for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure on Sunday and Bloomsday, too.

"We are going to increase the level of officers and specialized units that we have dedicated to the event," Straub said of Bloomsday. "We'll have air support for the event in addition to what we are doing in other locations."

 "My message to the community is very much like my message was in New York after 9/11," Straub said. "We can't go into bunkers and live our lives in fear because people decide that they are going to attack us. In fact, I would encourage people to come out in greater numbers and bring their families because this is a country that is resolute, that is not going to let the actions of individuals scare us and make us change the way we live our lives."

"We are prepared for Bloomsday now and I will tell you that our federal partners are coming to us and saying 'What can we do? How can we help?'"

He said they will utilize whatever help is available.

MANHUNT MAYHEM:

Following  the craziness of this week in Boston, Chief Straub says they continue to plan for the worst if it were to ever hit the Inland Northwest.

"We train with the Sheriff's department, we train with our federal partners," Straub said. "Speaking with Sheriff Knezovich on a regular basis, the FBI, our TSA folks, the homeland security folks, we are well prepared to deal with these types of issues."

As for manhunt situations what does law enforcement think about while they are ongoing and what do they tell the public?

"Sometimes the decision is everybody stay in your house, sometimes your decision is everybody leave that immediate area," Straub said. "Sometimes it's a matter of sheltering in place, sometimes it's a matter of moving people out of the area."

Chief Straub said they continue to prepare and they will do more training in the coming weeks as they work to figure out what to do in the event of an active shooter.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man said he was high on DXM when he randomly stabbed Spokane Valley boy

    Man said he was high on DXM when he randomly stabbed Spokane Valley boy

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-11-20 05:14:38 GMT

    A man, claiming to be "the spawn of Lucifer," said he stabbed an eight-year-old boy because he "felt like he had to kill a child" and that it was "almost like a sacrifice." 30-year-old Bruce Derek Landahl was arrested Saturday for allegedly entering the HiCo store on Sprague, walking up to an eight-year-old boy playing on an iPad and stabbing him multiple times before the boy's father was able to stop him. 

    >>

    A man, claiming to be "the spawn of Lucifer," said he stabbed an eight-year-old boy because he "felt like he had to kill a child" and that it was "almost like a sacrifice." 30-year-old Bruce Derek Landahl was arrested Saturday for allegedly entering the HiCo store on Sprague, walking up to an eight-year-old boy playing on an iPad and stabbing him multiple times before the boy's father was able to stop him. 

    >>
  • E-coli concerns trigger recall of nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef

    E-coli concerns trigger recall of nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef

    Monday, November 19 2018 1:23 PM EST2018-11-19 18:23:43 GMT

    JBS USA has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef due to concerns about possible e-coli contamination. The products have the establishment number Est.628 and were produced on October 24th. Products that were recalled were shipped to distributors in retail locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  

    >>

    JBS USA has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef due to concerns about possible e-coli contamination. The products have the establishment number Est.628 and were produced on October 24th. Products that were recalled were shipped to distributors in retail locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  

    >>
  • How you can help the family of 8-year-old boy randomly stabbed at Spokane Valley gas station

    How you can help the family of 8-year-old boy randomly stabbed at Spokane Valley gas station

    Monday, November 19 2018 9:46 PM EST2018-11-20 02:46:19 GMT

    Several locals are trying to help the family of an eight-year-old boy, who was randomly stabbed at a gas station Saturday. Rayel Von Quade said she and three others (Salem Rose Sovereign, Quincey Brooks and Dani Loup) have been in touch with the Bush family. (KHQ has reached out to the family and have not heard back.) "They're, of course, very overwhelmed and stressed out right now and she's been dealing with a lot of messages from a lot of people coming through. But she says t...

    >>

    Several locals are trying to help the family of an eight-year-old boy, who was randomly stabbed at a gas station Saturday. Rayel Von Quade said she and three others (Salem Rose Sovereign, Quincey Brooks and Dani Loup) have been in touch with the Bush family. (KHQ has reached out to the family and have not heard back.) "They're, of course, very overwhelmed and stressed out right now and she's been dealing with a lot of messages from a lot of people coming through. But she says t...

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

    Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 2:08 AM EST2018-11-20 07:08:59 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.  U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order Monday after hearing arguments in San Francisco.  

    >>

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.  U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order Monday after hearing arguments in San Francisco.  

    >>
  • Argument outside Chicago hospital prompts deadly shooting

    Argument outside Chicago hospital prompts deadly shooting

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 1:04 AM EST2018-11-20 06:04:49 GMT

    An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor with whom he was having a domestic relationship, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer. 

    >>

    An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor with whom he was having a domestic relationship, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer. 

    >>
  • Trump criticizes war hero for not capturing bin Laden sooner

    Trump criticizes war hero for not capturing bin Laden sooner

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 12:35 AM EST2018-11-20 05:35:36 GMT
    Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / U.S. NavyGage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / U.S. Navy

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Former CIA director Leon Panetta said Trump owed an apology to retired Adm. William McRaven, who had said Trump's assertion that the news media was the "enemy of the people" was "the greatest threat to democracy" in his lifetime. 

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Former CIA director Leon Panetta said Trump owed an apology to retired Adm. William McRaven, who had said Trump's assertion that the news media was the "enemy of the people" was "the greatest threat to democracy" in his lifetime. 

    >>