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May 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM

May Day protesters charged with assaulting police plead not guilty

Three people accused of assaulting Seattle police officers during the May Day protests pleaded not guilty this morning, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

Paul Campiche, 23, is facing two counts of third-degree assault for allegedly throwing a bottle at a police officer and kicking a second officer who was trying to arrest him.

Maria Morales, 30, is charged with a single count of fourth-degree assault for allegedly hitting an officer in the chest.

Robert Ditrani, 23, is charged with one count of fourth-degree assault for allegedly spitting on an officer.

A case-setting hearing for the three defendants is scheduled for June 7 at the King County Courthouse.

Earlier this week, a third-degree assault charge against Joshua Garland, who was also accused of assaulting a police officer during the protests, was dropped by prosecutors. Garland’s attorney provided prosecutors with video that she said showed her client’s innocence.

“After reviewing video provided by Garland’s defense attorney showing the alleged incident, prosecutors no longer believe they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” the Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

Comments | Topics: assault, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, May Day protests

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