jacina rally

Photo Credit to Richard Bocook

That was the message at noon today, Friday, by the community and business owners on the double digit block of West Main Ave, downtown Spokane. Last Friday, a transgendered woman, Jacina Carla Scamahorn was assaulted, inside of Boots Bakery, at 24 West Main Ave.  The series of events that followed paints a picture of the Spokane Community that, as a whole, does not tolerate violence or bigotry against gays and transgendered.

Within days, the community demand quick action by the police.  On Monday evening, around a hundred citizens showed up at the scheduled Spokane City Council meeting to voice their outrage and ask for a quick action by the Spokane Police.  On that same day, Spokane Police posted online pictures of suspects that were capture by surveillance cameras, and local media covered the incident.  By Tuesday, Spokane Police arrested two suspects, 45-year old Adam Flippen and 43-year old Marc Fessler.

Today, Friday  at noon, a group of about one hundred community members gathered across the street from where the attack occurred to show support for the victim.  Many spoke.   Blaine Stum, Chair of the Spokane Human Rights Commission, (not pictured) said that showing support for victims of hate crimes and demanding justice is important.  It sends a compassionate message to other victims of hate that it is okay to come forward and talk about their experiences and demand the end of bigotry and discrimination.

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