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Police Chief Responds To Belton Murder

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Spokane Police Department Press Release: 

Tuesday, as Kenan Adams-Kinard, the second suspect in the homicide of WWII veteran Delbert Belton appears in court, the Spokane Police Department continues to investigate this tragic incident and is working closely with prosecutors to ensure that justice is served.

I would like to be very clear regarding comments I made during yesterday's news conference: this terrible tragedy should have never happened. Mr. Belton, a distinguished veteran, deserves to be honored for his service to his country.

The Spokane Police Department quickly identified and arrested the two individuals believed to be responsible for Mr. Belton's death. The Spokane Police Department will aggressively pursue any individual(s) who harm or threaten to harm our community.

When I was asked yesterday about the significant injuries that Mr. Belton sustained, I responded by saying that those injuries were incurred when Mr. Belton fought back against his attackers. Mr. Belton's actions were both appropriate and justified. In fact, I encouraged individuals to fight back against attackers and acknowledged that Mr. Belton was correct in doing so.

We must also address the fact that two young men engaged in an act of violence that led to the death of a member of our community. We as a city must confront the challenge of youth-involved criminal activity and implement collaborative strategies to address this critical issue.

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