Day 2: Eleven Arrests on Capitol Campus
Date November 30, 2011 at 4:14 am | Topic: Local News
|OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol Troopers made eleven arrests on the Capitol Campus on Tuesday, and issued trespass warnings to an additional seven persons who refused to follow building rules.|
Four of the arrests related to disturbances created during legislative hearings in the Cherberg Building. Two subjects were arrested during disturbances in the Legislative building. Five were arrested for violating trespassing admonishments issued earlier.
Demonstrators in the Capitol Rotunda left at 5:30 p.m. when requested by the WSP Incident Commander, Lt. Mark Arras. One demonstrator stated “we need to leave now, so we can come back tomorrow.”
“We think that’s great advice,” Arras said. “If someone gets arrested, or has to be physically removed, they get a 30-day trespass admonishment and can’t come back to the Campus. They lose the ability to be part of the important legislative process.”
Trespass admonishments are not criminal charges. They reflect that someone hasn’t followed Campus rules and they are barred from the premises for 30 days. Those who subsequently return face criminal charges at that time, and the trespass admonishment is lengthened to a full year.