OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night in Olympia to protest a police shooting that wounded two brothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store.
Police say the two were not armed with guns when they were shot earlier in the day by a police officer who confronted them.
Protesters rallied first at a park, then marched about a mile to a building that houses the Olympia police headquarters and City Hall. They chanted "Black Lives Matter," ''No Justice No Peace" and the names of the young men who were shot.
The young men are black and the officer is white.
The protesters began dispersing on their own at about 9 p.m.
The officer involved in the shooting reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting that left the 21-year-old brother in critical but stable condition. The other brother, who is 23, was in serious condition. Both are expected to survive.
The shooting is being investigated by a team of detectives from several agencies.