A Port of Olympia employee reported being harassed by protesters in downtown Olympia Thursday afternoon, saying they pounded on a port vehicle and shouted obscenities.
The incident, which occurred at about 3:45 p.m., was reported to the Olympia Police Department, said Lt. Paul Lower. A group of demonstrators had gathered just before 3 p.m. in front of the Bank of America building in downtown Olympia to protest the bank’s role in funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A port employee traveled past the group in a Port of Olympia vehicle. While he was stopped at red light, a group approached the vehicle, pounding on it and shouting obscenities, the employee reported.
Lower said that no damage was reported to the police department.
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