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Man arrested after attacking parking enforcement officer

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Court documents say the suspect slapped a parking officer in the face. Court documents say the suspect slapped a parking officer in the face.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

No one likes getting a parking ticket, but when a driver decides to attack a parking enforcement officer for doing their job - that's too far.

The parking officer was blind-sided after applying a boot to an SUV in North Spokane Tuesday afternoon.

"We put our staff out in an environment where there's not a lot of safety," said Parking Services Director Dave Steele. "There's not a lot of security."

But certainly a lot of hard feelings.

"It can get physical," Steele said. "It can get verbal."

Both happened yesterday near Sinto and Ruby. Court documents say the suspect slapped a parking officer in the face after the officer put a boot on an SUV parked in front of an apartment.

The incident was the second assault on a parking officer in eight months.

"Some people react very poorly," Steele said.

Training improvements are underway for the unarmed officers. A few months ago, they started a training program with the police academy focusing on situational awareness and diffusing problems. They also now frequently work in teams.

Last year, 57,352 parking tickets were written in Spokane. Since the boot and tow program began in 2014, more than 200 cars have been hauled off.

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