Prosecutors announced Tuesday afternoon that they will not pursue charges against a Seattle photographer arrested during Seattle’s May Day protests. CHS reported on the charges brought against two men with Capitol Hill connections – Joshua Alex Garland and Bobby Ditrani – in the wake of the protests. The county today said charges were being dropped against Garland because prosecutors “no longer believe they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt” following his arrest for allegedly assaulting a Seattle Police officer.
Garland, 28, works as a photographer and has done freelance work for CHS as well as working as a barista on Capitol Hill.
Prosecutors say they are continuing to purse a case against 23-year-old Capitol Hill art student Ditrani who police say spit on an officer and two other people arrested that day. SPD has formed a task force “to identify and bring charges against demonstrators” participating in property damage and violence reported from the May Day protestes. No additional charges have yet been announced as a result of the task force.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed charges against a protester who was accused of assaulting a Seattle police officer during the May Day protests in downtown Seattle. Joshua Garland, 28, was charged with one count of Assault Third Degree for allegedly grabbing a police officer’s hand and twisting and pulling his arm. 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 charge was dismissed today. Three other protesters are charged with assaulting police officers during the May 1st protests. Paul Campiche, 23, is charged with two counts of Assault Third Degree for allegedly throwing a bottle at an officer and then kicking a second officer who was attempting to arrest him. Robert Ditrani, 23, is charged with one count of Assault Fourth Degree. He is accused of spitting on an officer. Maria Morales, 30, is charged with Assault Fourth Degree for allegedly hitting an officer in the chest. The incident involving Garland occurred moments after the arrest of Ditrani. The three remaining defendants will be arraigned on May 17 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 at the King County Courthouse.
UPDATE: You can see the video that reportedly exonerates Garland here. He’s the photographer grabbed by police about 20 seconds into the clip: