Crime

Trial postponed for men shot by Olympia police officer

About 50 people gathered at the Thurston County Courthouse on Wednesday to support Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin during a hearing. A few stood outside holding signs.
About 50 people gathered at the Thurston County Courthouse on Wednesday to support Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin during a hearing. A few stood outside holding signs. Staff Writer

The two men shot by an Olympia police officer following an alleged assault will now stand trial in April.

Andre Thompson, 23, and Bryson Chaplin, 21, both face second-degree assault charges for the alleged assault of Officer Ryan Donald. Chaplin faces an additional fourth-degree assault charge for allegedly throwing a case of beer at a Safeway employee.

The Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office decided not to file charges against Donald for the May 21 shooting, and an Olympia Police Department internal review found that Donald didn’t violate any department policies.

Chaplin and Thompson’s trial had originally been scheduled for the week of Dec. 14.

On Wednesday, the brothers appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon, and defense attorney George Trejo and deputy prosecutor Wayne Graham asked the judge to postpone the trial. Thompson’s court-appointed attorney, Sunni Ko, wasn’t at the hearing, so Trejo represented both men.

Graham said that because of the nature of the case, he had expected the trial to be postponed. It was rescheduled for the week of April 25.

About 50 people gathered in the courtroom Wednesday to support Thompson and Chaplin, and a few stood outside the courthouse afterward holding signs that read “Justice for Andre and Bryson.”

Since the May 21 shooting, some have spoken out against the Olympia Police Department, comparing the event to officer-involved shootings in other parts of the United States. Some violent protests have erupted downtown.

Local group Full Circle United took to Facebook, asking members of the community to come out Wednesday and support Chaplin and Thompson.

“We are asking community members to attend this hearing with signs and encouragement of the brothers, both inside and outside the courthouse. We also ask that supporters invest their presence at this hearing, physically and vocally, into letting the brothers know that we care about them and that we believe in them,” a Facebook post read.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445

adickson@theolympian.com

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