Armed people at Spokane protests criticized by politicians

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some political leaders in Washington’s second-largest city are criticizing people who have shown up armed to silently watch protesters participating in Spokane’s recent weekend Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The Spokesman-Review says the politicians have labeled them as “armed vigilantes.” Officials who signed the statement include Mayor Nadine Woodward, the entire Spokane City Council, state legislators and some members of the city’s school board. The protests were sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. There have been no confrontations in Spokane between the armed people and the protesters. Another protest is scheduled for Sunday.