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US Seattle city attorney says some cases against protesters could be dismissed

08:17  18 june  2020
08:17  18 june  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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  Rocks, bottles, flash-bangs fly as protesters clash with police in Seattle SEATTLE - Protesters and police clashed Saturday evening following a day of peaceful protests around Seattle. KOMO News Video - Cole Miller. According to Seattle Police, demonstrators outside the East Precinct began moving barricades at 11th and Pine around 7:30 p. m. Police say individuals then began throwing rocks, bottles, and explosives at officers, injuring several officers. Video on the ground shows some sort of gas being used to disperse the crowd. Protesters and police officers eventually made their way back to E Pine Street and 11th Avenue near SPD's East Precinct. Just before 10:30 p.m.

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Hundreds of protesters stormed Seattle 's City Hall on Tuesday night calling for the mayor to resign, just days after the nearby police precinct boarded up and removed blockades from the streets to allow protesters to march freely to the area of Capitol Hill.

The Seattle city attorney's office announced Wednesday that misdemeanor charges against protesters arrested during weeks of demonstrations that have sometimes devolved into confrontations with police and vandalism might not be prosecuted or could be referred to community-based programs in lieu of jail time.

Seattle radio show host Jason Rantz reports on life inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest. © Provided by FOX News Seattle radio show host Jason Rantz reports on life inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest.

“After two weeks of anguished demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd and the killing of other unarmed black men by police, it is plain to me that peaceful protestors should not be prosecuted despite having been arrested during events that have sometimes devolved into violent and destructive confrontations with Seattle police and supporting law enforcement agencies,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement Wednesday.

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Seattle issued its third night of curfews on Monday night, and the city ’s suburbs prepared for the possibility that further unrest could spread. Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Tukwila and Renton were among those that were to begin curfews on Monday night.

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The Seattle Times reported 37 misdemeanor cases have been referred to Holmes' office for a range of offenses, including resisting arrest, theft, criminal trespass, obstructing police and minor assaults. Half were for obstruction and failure to disperse, spokesman Dan Nolte told the newspaper.

"Attorneys will go through and look at body-camera footage, look at the evidence and decide whether it’s worth prosecuting at all,” Nolte said.

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The mass demonstrations, some peaceful, some destructive, touched off an anguished debate on Saturday among commentators, pastors and scholars about the role of Some who sympathized with the protesters voiced concern that the destruction could undermine the goal of forcing social change.

The attorney general says Trump’s walk for a church photo-op expedited an order to clear a park. Three New York City district attorneys will not prosecute protesters accused of low-level offenses. Under an existing policy, Manhattan prosecutors dismiss such cases after six months, provided that

Other cases are “a little more problematic,” he said.

People arrested for felony crimes including assaulting or threatening police officers, burglary, looting and possessing illegal firearms will be prosecuted by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Holmes said that CHOOSE 180, a youth diversion program that keeps 18- to 24-year-olds out of the criminal justice system, has agreed to accept those referred by Holmes' office.

“After engaging with Sean’s team to work through their experience, they’ll be connected to an organization that will help them advance the cause that they were passionately protesting for," Holmes said of Sean Goode, the program's executive director. "After they engage, I will toss their criminal case referral in the figurative waste basket. No criminal charge. No criminal record. No jail."

Meanwhile, the city is still contending with protesters who continue to occupy the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The zone comprises several city blocks in the downtown area where the police department's East Precinct was abandoned after clashes with people protesting the death of George Floyd.

Protesters have called for the building to be converted into a community center.

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Police officers will only enter the zone to respond to “significant life-safety issues,” the office of Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday. Organizers and city officials recently agreed to remove temporary roadblocks put in place by protesters in favor of concrete barriers and reducing the size of the occupied area from six blocks to three.

Fox News' Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

Reports: Seattle CHOP zone prompts lawsuit from businesses, residents .
Numerous Seattle businesses – including an auto repair shop, a tattoo parlor and a property management company – sued the city Wednesday, alleging city officials were complicit in allowing an “occupied protest” that has made them feel unsafe in their neighborhood, according to reports. © Provided by FOX News Protesters vow not to leave until their demands are met; William La Jeunesse reports.

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