Two men arrested by Seattle police during Monday’s night Ferguson, Mo., protest were charged Tuesday in misdemeanor court.
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that Neil Vanderloed has been charged with second-degree criminal trespassing and Devin Dyas-Gordon has been charged with assault and obstructing a police officer.
According to the City Attorney’s Office, Vanderloed, 51, was one of numerous protesters who made their way onto Interstate 5 around 10 p.m. Monday. Vanderloed allegedly “evaded police roadblocks and rode his bicycle onto I-5,” the City Attorney’s Office said.
“Vehicles traveling at high-speed had to swerve to avoid him,” agency spokeswoman Kimberly Mills wrote in a news release.
Dyas-Gordon, 25, is accused of trying to break through a police bicycle roadblock.
“An officer prevented him and told him to move back. The defendant grabbed the officer by the shoulder and shoved him,” Mills wrote.
Mills said Seattle police have forwarded four cases to her office for potential charges.
Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler said Tuesday that a total of five people were arrested Monday night during the protest.
Fowler said Monday’s demonstration mirrored the May Day anti-capitalism protest that wound through downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill. He said police saw some of the same protesters participating in Monday night’s demonstration.
Fowler, who heads the department’s West Precinct, said it seemed less like a protest in opposition to the grand-jury ruling and more a protest to fight capitalism.
“They marched around a lot, just the same as they did on May Day,” he said.
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