May 29-Most of the time, on his way to work at a pistol board shop, Jordan Graham hits his face with a rubber bullet and passes by where he broke his jaw.
28-year-old Graham wire-closed his chin for six weeks after protesting George Floyd’s death on May 31st. He lost 30 pounds and his small, usually 160 pound frame became the skeleton.
“My humor is weird,” Graham said of re-experiencing everyday experiences. “I don’t feel stressed, PTSD or anything like that. That’s exactly what it is. That’s right.”
That night, amateur skateboarders headed downtown to protect their sponsored skate shop, the pistol, at various events on the West Coast. Local businesses may not have been able to sponsor so many athletes if the store was devastated or looted, Graham said.
To stop the damage, Graham and some of his friends went to see what was happening.
Officers told Graham and his friends on the skateboard to leave and began to retreat from the area near the Bank of America building.
“They allowed us to leave,” Graham said. “Then, at the last minute, we came to the top of the block, and some decided to trigger. . “
He was hit in the upper part of his mouth with a rubber bullet and broke his jaw.
“I thought it was very ironic that they shot and killed one of the blacks throughout the region. That’s all about this case,” Graham said. “I affirm that it’s like a collective agreement. I don’t mean it, but I think those who stopped it probably had a prejudice. “
After he was shot, police performed a routine called “good cop, bad cop according to the textbook,” implying that he was shot because of him, Graham said.
A year later, Graham has regained his lost weight, but he has lost confidence in the police.
Interracial Graham explained that he experienced racism in a typical way, such as a comment from a friend’s parents, but never experienced racism from an authoritative person.
“It affects my thinking because I had a pretty decent time with the police in a situation where I was parked or doing something,” Graham said. “It’s definitely me. Dissolved the respect and relationship he had for the police. “
Graham said when he was in downtown that night, the most offensive to police equipped for riot control was the protesters throwing water bottles.
He wondered why police officers couldn’t deal with this situation without violence.
According to police, they targeted protesters who used violence against them and arrested many of them.
However, the majority of people arrested in connection with the May 31 demonstration were described as riots by police and the charges were dropped. According to police chief Craig Mydle, there are subtle differences in each arrest, but it’s disappointing that many didn’t face the consequences of what happened that night.
Maidle declares “overwhelming tension” after protesters plunder Nike’s downtown store, calls the unlawful session an unlawful session, and people who use the event “as a cover-up to engage in plunder.” Accused of escalating from previous peaceful protests.
Twenty-three people were arrested in connection with a protest in Spokane on May 31. Most of them were charged in the Spokane City Courthouse with misdemeanors such as chaotic acts and malicious mischief. Only a handful of those arrested had previously had a criminal record, and a few had records of minor traffic violations in their records.
According to court records, the charges of 13 people were dismissed. The three accusations were dismissed with prejudice. That is, the case cannot be brought back to court. Court records do not show charges filed against one of the people who allegedly arrested Spokane police.
“When we try to keep downtown safe, law enforcement becomes less legitimate,” Maidle said of the dismissal of the charges. “Send a message that you will not be prosecuted.”
The other four were given a continuation order stating that the indictment would be withdrawn if there were no new violations of the law.
Rosemariaeh, also known as Corrine Brown, was then 19 years old and was charged with neglecting dispersal. She did not appear in court and is currently receiving an arrest warrant.
Zaksh Hasbrook, then 55, was charged with second-class malicious mischief. He also has an arrest warrant after not appearing in court.
Jean Gallagher, then 33, was charged with possession of a Molotov cocktail and a second-class assault by a weapon for throwing a Molotov cocktail at the police. His trial is currently set for July 19.
Miles Crane, then 19 years old, was accused of damaging his adjutant’s patrol car. According to court records, he was charged with malicious mischief in the Spokane County Superior Court and is currently participating in a diversion program.
Stephen Taraldson, then 40, was charged with arson and burglary, and at the end of June these charges were “undisputed.”
Nathan Thomason, then 36, was charged with chaotic behavior and obstruction by police officers. He pleaded guilty to chaotic acts and prejudiced dismissal of obstruction. He has several vehicle-related previous citations and one conviction of a violent crime.
Thomasson is the only person ever convicted of a protest-related crime.