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Jury: Cop didn’t violate brothers’ civil rights in shooting

A jury has found that an Olympia police officer did not violate the constitutional rights of two brothers he shot while responding to reports that two men matching their description had tried to steal beer from a supermarket.

The Olympian reports the jury also rejected a theory Thursday that officer Ryan Donald was negligent in his shooting.

Officer Ryan Donald shot Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson in 2015 after confronting them for stealing beer. He said the pair attacked him with a skateboard; they claimed they were shot as they re-emerged from the woods after initially fleeing the officer.

Chaplin was paralyzed, and Thompson suffered an abdominal wound.

Donald is white while the brothers are black and the shooting set off a series of protests in Olympia.

A Thurston County jury previously found Chaplin and Thompson guilty of assault.

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