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January 4, 1993

 

REDMOND - Redmond police Officer Bill Corson used to arrest Saul, Mike, Sean and a crew of semi-tough transplanted urban teen artists who spray-painted their names all over the city.

 

Now, after initiating peace talks with his former adversaries, this 38-year-old suburban cop is helping them find a place to practice their art.

 

The unlikely bond that's been forged between Corson and a subculture of outlaw graffiti artists, who call themselves "taggers," short for tags or nicknames they spray-paint on walls and signs, has kept Redmond graffiti to a minimum since June.

 

In exchange for their honoring a plea to stop tagging in Redmond, the City Council has agreed to build a wall solely for the youngsters to practice their graffiti art. It will be the only such "legal wall" supported by an Eastside city - and the very first publicly sponsored one in the Seattle area.

 

Seattle officials say two other cities, Denver and Los Angeles, once sponsored graffiti walls but had to shut them down becaus...

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