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October 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Occupy Seattle protester charged with squirting police officer

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Steve Miletich:

A Seattle man accused of squirting a water pistol at a Seattle police officer during the Occupy Seattle protest at Westlake Park has been charged with three misdemeanor crimes, according to the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

Juston D. Thompson was charged Wednesday in Seattle Municipal Court with obstructing a law enforcement officer, fourth-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Each count is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Thompson, 24, is accused of squirting the water pistol at the officer on Saturday. A pretrial hearing has been set for 10 a.m. Nov. 14 in Seattle Municipal Court.

Thompson was released from custody after he posted $1,425 bail on the night of his arrest, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Eight other protesters have been charged with obstructing a police officer.


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Fourth Degree Assault is the lowest level criminal assault. It is a misdemeanor, It is an appropriate charge. What if I walked up to your mom...  Posted on October 14, 2011 at 9:54 AM by onepotatolawyer. Jump to comment
Squirting a cop with a squirt gun is just stupid. Squirting a cop in Seattle is stupid AND dangerous. That said, it was a squirt gun, charges of...  Posted on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM by TruckingA. Jump to comment
Lets examine two different situations. An SPD officer guns down a hearing impaired native woodcarver after 4 seconds of verbal warnings. The SPD...  Posted on October 13, 2011 at 7:50 AM by grenoble. Jump to comment