Riot at WA State Capital; January 6

Letter to Washington State Patrol


Letter to Washington State Patrol; Mr. Turk;

I have lived in Olympia for 40 years. I am writing about the illegal trespass and vandalism activity that took place on January 6 at the Wa State Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol.  I am concerned that laws were broken and no one has yet been held accountable for their actions that day.  This unlawful activity was awful, they broke down the gate to the Governor’s private residence. The Governor and his wife were inside this building.

These  Olympia gatherings on Jan 6th, these riots that occurred, were not permitted, yet no one told these people to disperse. What happened to law enforcement? Have any of the demonstrators or leaders of these groups been cited?  This is amazing, they must be arrested now. The violent demonstrators who descended on the Governor's mansion, committing acts of vandalism, trespassing, and refusing to obey lawful orders to disperse are criminals.

Reading that no arrests were made and that these violent people were allowed to go free with absolutely NO consequences, was astonishing.  They must be held to account for breaking the laws.

There was a video of this riot.  Evidence from January 6 at the Governor's mansion should allow the State Patrol to easily identify those responsible for the unlawful, menacing and provocative actions we all saw on television. 

The State Patrol must arrest those involved for behavior and hold them accountable. 


Lee Riner, Olympia


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  • DanaMadsen

    Something for Mr Riner to think about. During much of 2020 we in Olympia and Seattle have been treated to night after night of BLM and Antifa riots whereby the police just sort of walk along observing the rioting crowds smathing windows and looting private businesses with no apparent consequences. Thus the precedence has been set already for how to respond to such demonstrations. I merely point this out to suggest response to one rioting group shouldn't be different from another. Note: I am personally horrified by BOTH sets of destructive riots and believe more should be done to hold those damaging property of others, both public and private, accountable for their actions. Perhaps we need prosecutors that will actually file charges.

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  • Tractor1

    I totally agree with Dana. It isn't the police who make the decision not to intercede BUT the direction from the Executive branch that hog-yie the police ability to adequately respond and maintain a semblance of public safety!

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