Police Cannot Arrest You For Watching and Criticizing Them from a Distance In Washington State

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Silverstein cited this 2013 article by Dominic Holden, a former employee of The Stranger, on his own run-in with police, in which officers threatened Dominic with harassment and arrest for watching as they detained a young black man in Seattle's International District.

fixed that for you
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"Silverstein cited this 2013 article by The Stranger's Dominic Holden on his own run-in with police..."

At the time, he *was* The Stranger's Dominic Holden. I take your point--I miss him too--but this is accurate as written.
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I won a trial in Tacoma Municipal Court on this very issue quite a few years ago. But who's counting.
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The Governor should give this brave young man a medal.

In public.

At a public event attended by our police officers.
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they'll probably still arrest you for some other made up reason
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Somewhere, Dominic is smiling!
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It will be interesting to see how this new ruling impacts May Day obstruction cases. The film I have seen indicates that most people, perhaps all, that were arrested for obstruction on May Day did not physically interfere with the police. They were merely observing and, in some cases, criticizing. This precedent could prove to be quite important in those cases. Maybe justice really will prevail.