Prosecutors in Seattle say individuals detained for nonviolent protests of bigotry and police brutality are not being kept in jail, or dealing with criminal
charges. But they are moving on with approximately 20 cases, which tend to include firearms, burglaries and attacks that happened in the midst of current demonstrations.
King County Prosecutor
King County District attorney Dan Satterberg states his office has actually submitted 15 felony cases connected to Seattle and Bellevue protests, consisting of 3 for actions within the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.
“The cases that we are submitting include individuals utilizing prohibited weapons, individuals shooting each other, people running over each other, or stealing from services that has absolutely nothing to do with the demonstration itself,” he stated.
This consists of the man who drove into a crowd of protesters on Capitol Hill in Seattle and shot Daniel Gregory. It likewise includes the guy implicated of driving his automobile into the Black Lives Matter protesters on I-5, eliminating Summer season Taylor and injuring Diaz Love.
Two men are charged with a drive-by shooting in Seattle “that targeted victims going to check on a family-owned service” throughout the demonstrations, the prosecutor’s workplace stated. Another guy is charged with a hate crime and attempted burglary for targeting a 65-year-old female and attempting to take her electronic camera equipment during the demonstrations.
2 males are charged with unlawful weapon belongings and” accused of benefiting from the protest and breaking into a jewelry store”in Bellevue, according to the prosecutor’s office. Others are charged with burglarizing Target and Old Navy stores in Seattle the same weekend of May
30. In the CHOP, one man is charged with arson for apparently beginning a fire outside the East Precinct while it was uninhabited. Another is implicated of robbing Cars and truck Tender as part of a “criminal offense spree.” He’s also charged with assault, accused of slashing at a teenager with a box knife while inside business. And a third man, Robinson Ritchie, is implicated of consistently getting into the East Precinct building and stealing numerous items consisting of a “rolling office chair.”
The prosecutor’s office states no one has actually been charged in the shootings that left two teenagers dead in the CHOP, but those examinations are ongoing.
Satterberg said he will not pursue any charges associated with attacks on police officers until he sees all available video footage including from body-worn electronic cameras.
“Honestly, there was bad conduct on all sides,” he stated. “A case like this, a trial like this, would be necessarily an evaluation of the conduct and force that was utilized by all parties.”
And he said he’s reluctant to add to the 5,000 felony cases currently backlogged in King County Superior Court due to the pandemic. The county simply resumed its first jury trial today, questioning potential jurors from another location.
“We have big varieties of cases to deal with and we don’t require political program trials that include demonstrations and pushing back and forth on a police line,” Satterberg stated.
He said he ‘d rather begin looking at policy options being demanded by protesters.
Seattle City Attorney
Dan Nolte, the spokesperson for Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, says all nonviolent misdemeanors such as “obstruction, withstanding arrest, and trespass cases originating from the current (July 1) CHOP clear-out will be decreased.”
Nolte stated the city is pursuing just one protest-related misdemeanor case, versus Robinson Ritchie, the same man dealing with felony charges for burglarizing the East Precinct. The city has charged Ritchie with “unlawful usage of a weapon to frighten.” He said Ritchie “supposedly threatened officers with a knife and metal pipe.”
Nolte said they’re looking for to refer approximately three additional misdemeanor cases to the not-for-profit Pick 180; those people will not face criminal charges if they complete the community-based program. Those cases consist of somebody who “supposedly threw a traffic cone at a passing police vehicle’s motorist’s side windshield” and another person accused of stealing from a business that had been broken into.
“If the individuals engage in the Select 180 workshop, those charges will be dismissed,” Nolte said. He stated they’re still awaiting info on a possible third case.
In a current statement, Holmes stated he supports broadening the Choose 180 diversion program beyond its existing focus on 18-24 year-olds.
“We will witness a small test pilot of this growth proposal,” he said. “I’m hopeful we can determine the right financing, the best community-based non-profit partners, and the best programs to prevent less individuals from experiencing the life-long consequences of a rap sheet.”