- Associated Press - Sunday, March 19, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two men who were shot and injured by an Olympia police officer in 2015 are to stand trial Monday for assault.

The Olympian reports (https://goo.gl/hIfvH9) that Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson are charged in Thurston County Superior Court with assaulting Olympia police officer Ryan Donald.

Prosecutors declined to criminally charge the officer and a review board found he did not violate department policies. The May 21, 2015 shooting set off a series of protests in the state capital. The half-brothers are black, and the officer is white.

Donald encountered the men as he responded to a report that two men carrying skateboards tried to steal beer from a grocery store. Donald reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard before the shooting.

The suspects’ mother, Crystal Chaplin, says the process has been stressful and emotional but her family has stayed strong since the shooting.

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Information from: The Olympian, https://www.theolympian.com


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