One of the most heated battles between protesters and SPD during Occupy Seattle’s 2011 activities came as police attempted to haul away five people who had chained themselves together inside the Broadway Chase bank building. The pepper spray-coated Wednesday afternoon fracas in early November came just five days into Occupy Seattle’s stay on Capitol Hill and was part of a day of protest against Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, in the city for a University of Washington event. Tuesday morning, the “Chase 5” are scheduled to appear in Seattle Municipal Court to face trespassing charges and, supporters hope, bring attention to the faded Occupy Seattle effort.
A Support the Chase 5 Facebook event is encouraging a “day of action” and for people to “pack the court room in support” to force the city to drop its case against the five people charged.
The Chase 5 Trial begins on March 13 – Jamie Dimon’s bithday (!). As he roams free, the Chase 5 will be in court facing trespass charges that carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail. Concurrently, #occupiers in Atlanta are calling for nationwide actions against Chase Bank on March 13 to “celebrate” Dimon’s birthday.
Danielle Simmons, Sarah Svobodny, Douglas Van, Michael Stevens, and Hudson Williams-Eynon are charged with criminal trespass of a building for their part in the November protest. They each pleaded not guilty in January.
Meanwhile, the legal fallout from another Occupy-related protest is also scheduled for courtroom activity this week. Hearings are slated for most of the 16 people arrested in the 10th/Union warehouse takeover later this week. The 16 accused face charges of first degree criminal trespass.