Hundreds of people joined a peaceful march in Washington D.C. to protest against the incident when police wounded two stepbrothers who were unarmed. Stepbrothers allegedly tried to steal beer from a grocery store. One of them is in critical condition but both are expected to survive, report the media.
The police officer who shot them is white, while the stepbrothers are black. Chief of Olympia police Ronnie Roberts said that there is no indication that race had anything to do with the shooting. Protesters marched through the city carrying signs that read “We Are Grieving” and “Race is a Factor.” The stepbrothers were identified as Bryson Chaplin, 21, and Andre Thompson, 24. The men’s mother, Crystal Chaplin said: "It's heartbreaking to see two of my babies in the hospital over something stupid."
A team of detectives sent out by several agencies is investigating the shooting. The probe is expected to last three to six weeks. The policeman who shot the men reported being attacked with a skateboard, and investigators have found two skateboards at the scene. The march began at a park, and was continued for about a mile to Olympia police headquarters and City Hall. The gathered were chanting “Black Lives Matter” and the names of the shot stepbrothers.
The marchers were peaceful and the police tweeted a thank you post “for keeping the event nonviolent.” Police chief said at a news conference: "We are committed to helping our community work through this difficult circumstance and help us understand this tragic event.”