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Police, LGBT community hold town hall meeting in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

In the wake of the Orlando attack, OutSpokane held a town hall with Spokane police to address the fears of the LGBT community.

It’s still something that has them on edge. Some members had questions about the protesters from the Pride parade last weekend. Lt. Matt Cowles from SPD joined the meeting to answer those questions about what law enforcement can do.

Safety was also a concern, and Cowles provided them advice with what they can do during an active shooter situation – “run, hide, or fight.”

“What can I do to defend myself, incapacitate him long enough for other people to help and protect myself and my children and my loved ones,” he says.

The chair of OutSpokane says he feels encouraged. 

“When I was small (my mother) would always tell me if you need help go to a police man and it's wonderful to feel that if I need help I can approach a member of Spokane Police Department,” he says.

Spokane police say it’s important to report and tell officers the issues they’re seeing.

“The more talks we can have the more people who come together, the more problems we can solve at the front end,” Lt. Cowles says. 

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