A Tacoma jury determined Thursday, Oct.10, that an Olympia police officer did not violate two brothers’ constitutional rights during the officer-involved shooting in May 2015 that left one of them partially paralyzed.
In November 2017, Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson filed a $25 million lawsuit against the City of Olympia and Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald, accusing Donald of using excessive force after they tried to steal beer from a Safeway store in Olympia, Washington.
Donald told investigators that he shot Thompson and Chaplin after they repeatedly refused to obey his commands and started attacking him. He feared Chaplin would use the skateboard as a weapon against him, and he thought Thompson was going to take his gun, then he opened fire, according to The Olympian.
According to the lawsuit, Chaplin now requires full-time care and is confined to a wheelchair. Thompson was shot in the stomach and alleged that he “sustained severe physical and emotional injuries” due to his wounds.
The jury found Donald did not use excessive force and rejected a theory that he was negligent in the shooting.
Accusations that the city of Olympia failed to train its officers as well as its policy and practice violated Chaplin and Thompson’s constitutional rights were cleared too.
Chaplin and Thompson faced charges of two counts of second-degree assault against Donald and Chaplin faced an additional charge of fourth-degree assault for his role in the supermarket incident that launched the series of events, The Olympian reported.