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Disabled community responds to parking controversy

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Pictures of a marked SPD unit parked in what appeared to be a handicap-designated parking space has people talking about a subject that is near and dear to Mitchell Iddins heart. Pictures of a marked SPD unit parked in what appeared to be a handicap-designated parking space has people talking about a subject that is near and dear to Mitchell Iddins heart.
This is the picture that stirred up the controversy: An SPD unit parked in what appeared to be a handicap-designated parking space at Superior Grill. This is the picture that stirred up the controversy: An SPD unit parked in what appeared to be a handicap-designated parking space at Superior Grill.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Pictures posted on Facebook, of a Shreveport police car parked in a handicap parking space prompted an online flurry of criticism and debate. The controversial pictures got people talking about a subject that is near and dear to Mitchell Iddins' heart.

"Certainly it's got a lot of people talking, and it's got a lot of the disabled people talking about this issue, my hope is that it draws some attention for the city," said Iddins. He's the director of the independent living program at New Horizons on Line Avenue in Shreveport.

"We meet with people and assess their needs and help them to develop a plan to help them to learn how to live independently," said Iddins.

Iddins believes the effort is often hindered by people who just don't think before parking.

He says it doesn't matter if the space is up to ADA code, or if it's simply marked with the blue stripes and symbol it's morally wrong. "I'm just going to run in real quick, just going to grab something."

But Iddins also believes the city and it's leaders can do better - in part through an online program called Parking Mobility, that allows people to report these incidents using a smart phone app.

"We went before the city council about three months ago, actually had the project director come talk to the city council," said Iddins.

Because we've seen how effective a few pictures posted on Facebook can be. It got people talking, but for how long? "Let's keep this issue at the forefront, let's do something about it," said Iddins.

Shreveport City Council Member, Jeff Everson tells KSLA News 12 that he remembers the presentation, and believes the program is being researched by the city's Public Safety Commission. Everson says he's receptive to the idea.

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