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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 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...

 
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BY RAY STILL You can download the all emails sent to the CPJ here: Download Emails [caption id="attachment_3229" align="alignleft" width="199"] A phone in Sem II E on the first floor. The sticker brings attention to the Patriot Act.[/caption] On Feb. 25, civil rights lawyer Larry Hildes said on Democracy Now! that The Evergreen State College Police Services has “spied on, infiltrated, or otherwise monitored the activities of Port Militarization Resistance and/or related or associated activists.” Hildes said that emails, found public through public information requests, show that the Evergreen State College gave reports on the Students for a Democratic Society student group on campus to other police agencies in the state. They include the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the Olympia Police Department, the US Capitol Police Department, and John Towery. John Towery was revealed to be a military spy in 2009—his purpose was to i...