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Saturday, October 8, 2011

City Attorney Pete Holmes, Who Is Prosecuting Occupy Seattle Protesters, Is at the Occupy Seattle Protests

Posted by on Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM


What the hell is City Attorney Pete Holmes, who filed gross misdemeanors charges against eight protesters arrested earlier this week, doing at Westlake Park and wearing an "Occupy Seattle" button?

"Cheering them on!" he declares.

So he's cheering on the, uh, people he's prosecuting?

It wasn't Holmes's call to arrest protesters on Wednesday, he says. "I'm not the boss of the Seattle Police Department... My number one job is to work with the SPD and make sure everyone will be kept safe," says Holmes. "I have to be in touch with the decisions from the executive [aka, Mayor Mike McGinn] and working along with the SPD to make sure we are implementing lawful orders."

There's a paddy wagon a few blocks away, and at 5:00 p.m. there's an unpermitted march. Those people could get arrested—will they get charged? Holmes wouldn't comment on that, but earlier this week, he did announce “protesters were offered the option to be peaceably arrested and released without going to jail; understand that only those who refused this path were booked into jail.” By my reading, he's saying that the civil protesters were busted and released and those who physically pushed back against police were prosecuted. The people getting charged so far are folks who, as Holmes puts it, "took the more difficult path."

Back to cheering on the protesters. Holmes explains to The Stranger's Westlake Bureau why he supports the Occupy movement. "I hate sanitized terms like 'economic injustice,' but it's so obvious to everyone that the system is broken," he says. For instance, Holmes explains, Congress has bailed out banks with "hundreds of billion of dollars" but they refused to even hold a hearing for a bill that would empower judges to restructure home mortgages. "Real reform is lacking," he says.

"This is what still working in America: people collectively speaking out."


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Ballard Pimp 1
Thank you.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on October 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM · Report this
chimsquared 2
Can't we just have a revolution where Pete Holmes ends up president?
Posted by chimsquared on October 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 3
The SPD is a separate branch of governemnt, aren't they? Or a separate government altogether? Maybe the UN can help us negotiate with them.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on October 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4
See, when a highly paid insider like Holmes starts acting up, they know they've got real problems...
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 8, 2011 at 4:23 PM · Report this
KittenKoder 5
@2 He's probably just as corrupt as most have been, like Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Bush.
Posted by KittenKoder on October 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM · Report this
TVDinner 6
Yay, Pete!
Posted by TVDinner http:// on October 8, 2011 at 5:45 PM · Report this
seandr 7
Pete Holmes for mayor in 2013.
Posted by seandr on October 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM · Report this
Ditto that call for Pete to be mayor! Pete and the police have an obligation to work with the Occupy folks to make sure they manage things to preserve the goodwill Occupy has built up with ordinary people. Pete is doing a great job of defining that line (nonviolenct and cooperative behavior while preserving the right of expression and assoication), and now he is communicating that to the police as well as the Occupy participants.
Posted by Edcu on October 9, 2011 at 3:26 PM · Report this

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