6 people charged in January I-5 protest that shut down freeway

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has filed charges against six people who participated in the January 6 pro-Palestine protest that blocked the I-5 freeway in Seattle for several hours.

Of the six defendants, five are charged with second-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, and one is only charged with disorderly conduct.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) originally referred charges for 12 protesters back in February. The Prosecutor's Office says five of the protesters are still being investigated, and one case was declined because there was insufficient evidence.


The protesters face misdemeanor charges, as there was no applicable felony charge after the police investigation that was legally justified, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

The announcement of these charges comes just a few days after more pro-Palstine protesters blocked the expressway of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Police arrested 46 people, booked and released them, and later referred misdemeanor charges to the Sea-Tac City Attorney's Office.


Sea-Tac Palestine protests: 46 people arrested, all out on bail

Port of Seattle Police announced that 46 people were arrested in connection to a pro-Palestine protest that shut down the highway leading into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on Monday.

No one was initially arrested in the I-5 protest, but Washington State Patrol identified individuals based on hundreds of hours of social media and video footage of the protest. The Prosecutor's Office requested WSP provide more information after receiving the referrals. 

The six defendants will have District Court arraignments on May 1, according to the Prosecutor's Office.


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