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Pushing back against bureaucratic harassment

Area restaurant, tavern owners and supporters protest at LCB offices


Last updated 1/7/2021 at 10:19am

Roger Harnack

Caleb Collier of Spokane Valley uses a megaphone on the steps of the Spokane County Courthouse to make sure county employees hear his message advocating to reopen inside table services at restaurants, taverns and bars. To his right, former state Rep. Matt Shea, also of Spokane Valley, listens before himself speaking to the protest crowd Tuesday.

SPOKANE - Extortion, blackmail and harassment.

That's what the more than 50 area restaurant and tavern owners and their supporters called Liquor and Cannabis Board officers' threats of fines, license revocation and criminal charges during a protest at lunchtime Monday, Jan. 4.

The protesters turned out to board's Spokane office at 1303 W. Broadway Ave. to object to the "illegal" tactics being used by the employees in their efforts to shutdown indoor table service at eateries and adult beverage businesses from Spokane Valley south to Colfax.

Protesters started arriving in the pouring rain ab...

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