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By Felix Chrome The trial for brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, which began Monday, April 10, has finally drawn to a close. Closing arguments wrapped up Thursday, May 11, and jury deliberation began Friday morning. As of the morning of Tuesday, May 16, no verdict has been announced. Thompson and Chaplin are on trial after being shot by Olympia Police Department Officer Ryan Donald in May of 2015. The Thurston County Prosecutor did not pursue charges against Officer Donald and he was not fired or reprimanded by the OPD. Because Donald alleges that Thompson and Chaplin assaulted him and the shooting was in self defense the brothers are now facing multiple counts of second-degree assault, a Class B Felony. Although they survived the shooting, Chaplin is now partially paralyzed and must rely on a wheelchair. A verdict is still forthcoming– on Monday, May 15, the jury emerged from deliberation to request they be allowed to l...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester The trial for brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, two young black men who were both shot by white Olympia Police Officer, Ryan Donald, in May 2015, finally began Monday, April 10, almost two years after they were shot. Both Thompson and Chaplin survived the shooting but Chaplin was left partially paralyzed. Now, Thompson and Chaplin are both on trial for second degree assault in relation to their altercation with the officer who shot them. The trial was delayed numerous times, because of a hospitalized judge with a toe injury, approaching holidays after he was released, and then the judge’s retirement. The trial is expected to continue multiple weeks, through the beginning of May, near the two year anniversary of the shooting. As of Monday April 16, Officer Donald has yet to testify. As stated in a previous issue of the Cooper Point Journal, Thompson and Chaplin now face assault charges from an a...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester The trial for brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, two young black men who were both shot by white Olympia police officer, Ryan Donald, in May 2015, has been delayed again, with no new date set and no judge assigned. Thompson and Chaplin were shot by Officer Donald after being suspected of attempting to shoplift beer from a Safeway on the westside of Olympia. Both were unarmed at the time of the shooting but Officer Donald claims that he was assaulted and feared for his life. The brothers dispute this allegation and Donald was not severely injured in the incident. Both Thompson and Chaplin survived the shooting but Chaplin was left partially paralyzed. Thompson and Chaplin now face assault charges from an alleged attack on Donald, in which he claims they threatened him with a skateboard. At the time Prosecutor Jon Tunheim stated, “In my view, the way the skateboard was described as being used meet...

 
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Questions by Tari Gunstone CPJ: Was your protest at convocation planned in advance? Lawrence Walker III & AR Rushet: Other students were planning a disruption, they wanted student groups be a part of it and hold up signs and take up space in front. (it didn’t end up happening, but they did stand outside CRC) LW: My partner was at convocation and started texting me that George bridges was saying something about how racism is just people being offended. AR: George Bridges talks in a very Clinton-esque liberal way, saying things like, “we care about you so much” but doesn't show up for you. There’s lots of verbalized reassurance but he doesn't follow through with action. LW: So I call AR and say, “George is being problematic as fuck again, let's go rip shit up.” The convocation is a way for the school to sweep under the rug the truth of it’s racism, transphobia, disablist thoughts for the new students coming here. Wi...

 
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All photographs by Tari Gunstone.
All photographs by Tari Gunstone.
All photographs by Tari Gunstone.

By Tari Gunstone Two students interrupted this year’s convocation with a sign reading, “Evergreen cashed its diversity check but doesn’t care about black students.” These students, Lawrence Walker III and AR Rushet, spoke with the CPJ about their motivation for this protest and issues of racism at Evergreen. They felt that convocation was a way for Evergreen to sweep it’s racist, transphobic, and ableist history under the rug for the new students arriving here and thus felt compelled to speak up. “We were angry and carrying so much steam behind us on top of that,” said Walker. Standing silently under the podium, many black students and a couple of white students joined them up front in solidarity. The students were told to wait until the convocation’s events ended, then George Bridges opened an invitation for discussion about the meaning of the protest, but did not stay to participate. The conversation that ensued among the student...

 
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By Felix Chrome On Wednesday, September 30, the Olympia Police Department (OPD) released a statement that exonerating Police Officer Ryan Donald in the shooting of two unarmed men, brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin. According to their report, “no policies had been violated by Officer Ryan Donald during this incident.  Chief Roberts reviewed the Board’s decision and concurred.” This came two weeks after the announcement that Ryan Donald would not face any criminal charges. This decision was released after of months of investigation by the Thurston County Critical Incident Team, who passed their findings along to the Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim. Tunheim chose not to prosecute Officer Donald, but is charging Thompson and Chaplin with Assault. Donald reported that Chaplin threatened him with a skateboard and he feared for his life. In his report, Tunheim said the skateboard was being used as a deadly weapon under ...

 
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By Felix Chrome & Issac Scott “Whose lives matter? Black lives matter!” was the chant ringing out in downtown Olympia Thursday evening as hundreds of protesters took to the streets in response to the shooting of two unarmed black men, stepbrothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, by an Olympia police officer, drawing national media attention. The two men, Thompson, 24 and Chaplin, 21, remain in the hospital and are expected to survive, although Chaplin was still listed as in critical condition as of Thursday evening. Officer Ryan Donald shot the brothers around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, after responding to a call about alleged shoplifting from the Westside Safeway, not far from The Evergreen State College. Olympians awoke Thursday morning to news of the incident, and began organizing throughout the day, culminating in a march to city hall, where the Olympia Police Department is headquartered. The biggest protest beg...