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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Occupy Seattle protesters charged, released

10/6/2011  5:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

Occupy Seattle protesters charged, released

The City Attorney's Office on Thursday afternoon charged eight Occupy Seattle protesters with the gross misdemeanor of obstructing a law enforcement officer for refusing park rangers' requests to dismantle their tents at Westlake Park and being physically uncooperative with Seattle Police Department officers.

All eight protesters were released from jail on personal recognizance after being charged. At the CAO's request, the court ordered the defendants to refrain from criminal law violations and to not return to Westlake Park as a condition of release. No bail was requested. Their pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 14 in Seattle Municipal Court. A ninth man was also booked into the King County Jail but was released on personal recognizance by the jail without being charged.

An additional 16 people who were arrested at Westlake Park on Wednesday were detained at the West Precinct and then released without being booked into jail.

City Attorney Pete Holmes praised SPD officers for the way they handled the arrests, saying they had "undertaken this task with professionalism, integrity and restraint."

He emphasized that "protesters were offered the option to be peaceably arrested and released without going to jail; understand that only those who refused this path were booked into jail."

Holmes stressed that he respects the First Amendment rights of the protesters. "To the extent they are decrying the widening gap between the Have's and Have-Not's in this country, I sympathize fully with that message and will continue to do all that I can to promote economic and social justice."

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