People caught with graffiti tools like spray paint will have to show intent to do graffiti before police can arrest or cite them under a change approved by the Wichita City Council today.
The council voted 6-1 to amend a recently passed law that allowed police to arrest someone just for possessing items like spray paint or broad-tipped markers within 100 feet of public places.
The change came after Ram Hull, a 25-year-old Wichita State University student and artist, told the council in September that the original ordinance opened the door for potential abuse by police.
Police and the city's legal staff worked together to make a clarification. They recommended adding a clause that says a person has to show "intent to place graffiti on the property."