May Day protest turns violent in downtown Olympia
The Olympia Police Department arrested nine people on May 1 after protesters broke windows, fought with onlookers, and threw rocks in downtown Olympia.
But nearly seven months later, none of those nine suspects has been charged.
The Olympia Police Department’s investigation of the incident has been completed and referred to the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office for charging. But although there is video footage of the protest, many of the protesters’ faces weren’t identifiable, said Jeffery Lippert, Thurston County’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor.
“The problem is identification,” Lippert said. “People had disguised themselves using masks and goggles.
“I’m not sure if or when they will be charged at this point.”
The nine suspects appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese on May 2. Despite the objections of a public defender, Lanese found probable cause to charge each of the suspects with one count of first-degree malicious mischief.
Because the people weren’t charged within 72 hours of appearing in court, they were released without having to post bail.
All of the suspects reported living in Olympia or Thurston County, and were between 21 and 34 years old.
The Olympia Police Department reported that the protest caused about $50,000 in damage downtown. Two Olympia police officers were hit by rocks and sustained minor injuries.