4 May Day protesters charged in assault of police officers
Third-degree assault charges were filed Friday against four people who participated in the May Day protests in downtown Seattle.
Four May Day protesters were charged Friday with third-degree assault, each accused of assaulting different police officers during the violence that sporadically erupted during Tuesday's generally peaceful May Day protests in downtown Seattle.
Paul Campiche, 23, remains in King County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail on two counts of third-degree assault. He allegedly threw a glass jar at an officer's head, which glanced off the officer's helmet, charging papers say.
A detective reviewed TV news footage and saw the jar bounce off the helmet and heard it shatter over the noise of the crowd, the papers say. A couple of inches lower, and the officer would have been struck in the face, "severely injuring or blinding him," the papers say.
Campiche, of Seattle, kicked another officer in the leg as officers struggled to arrest him, charging papers say.
Robert Ditrani, also 23, of Seattle, was released from jail Wednesday evening after posting $10,000 bail, records show. He was armed with a long pole with bolts screwed into one end, which was seized by police after similar weapons were used to smash windows of several downtown businesses, charging papers say. He is accused of spitting on an officer, the papers say.
Joshua Garland, 28, and Maria Morales, 30, both of Seattle, were released on personal recognizance after their initial court appearances on Wednesday. Garland yanked on an officer's arm, and Morales punched an officer in the chest during the protests, according to charging papers.
All four defendants are scheduled to be arraigned May 17 in King County Superior Court.