SEATTLE, WA- According to reports, a women from Tacoma, Washington, has been sentenced to five years in prison for setting five Seattle police vehicles on fire in downtown Seattle on Saturday, May 30th during protests.
The woman, identified as Margaret Aislinn Channon, was arrested back on June 11, 2020 after a thorough investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and the Seattle Police Department (SPD).
In a U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington press release, the U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said in a statement:
“The right to protest, gather, and call out injustices is one of the dearest and most important rights we enjoy in the United States. Indeed, our democracy depends on both exercising and protecting these rights.”
“But, Ms. Channon’s conduct was itself an attack on democracy. She used the cover of lawful protests to carry out dangerous and destructive acts, risking the safety of everyone around her and undermining the important messages voiced by others.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ) said that Channon was seen in videos from the protest in downtown Seattle setting fire to several patrol cars with a blowtorch and aerosol cans. Investigators were able to identify Channon based on her clothing and tattoos, which were seen in the video.
During the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, March 1st, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said that Channon’s actions had done “tremendous damage to Black Lives Matter in Seattle.” In their sentencing memo, prosecutors noted:
“Hundreds of people were standing in the vicinity of the police cars that Channon burned, some only a few feet away. All of them were in harm’s way if one of the vehicles had exploded.”
Breaking: The Tacoma, Wash. woman who burned five police vehicles & looted at an extremely violent #antifa riot in Seattle in 2020 has been sentenced in federal court. Margaret Aislinn Channon will spend the next five years in federal prison. #BLM https://t.co/cDLemCssm2 pic.twitter.com/RCJ4wJlAjv
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) March 2, 2022
According to documents filed in the case, Channon was also seen entering multiple stores where she stole clothing items.
Channon admitted to smashing the window at a Verizon store and going into a sandwich shop where she destroyed an electronic cash register.
Donald M. Voiret, Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle Field Office, said in a statement:
“This case in an example of the FBI’s commitment to investigating domestic terrorism cases, no matter what their motivations may be. The FBI believes in the peaceful expression of free speech, and Channon committed acts of violence and destruction, endangered other people, and distracted from and escalated demonstrations.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg said in a statement:
“She wasn’t alone, but Ms. Channon set the tone for what that protest became moving forward. Ms. Channon left downtown Seattle in flames and in billowing smoke.”
Reportedly, defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed on recommending the five year sentence as part of the plea agreement. In a letter to the court, Channon said she take responsibility for her charges and apologized for what she did. She wrote, in part:
“Black Lives Matter is an organization with leadership that does not condone illegal activity. I apologize to the many workers and activists who have given decades of their lives to building a countermeasure to police violence, that did not want to see fire in June of 2020. I had intended to effect positive change, but my attempt was misguided.”
Tacoma woman sentenced to 5 years in prison for arson at downtown Seattle protest https://t.co/7ocbJtDwHW
— Gate 15 (@Gate_15_Analyst) March 2, 2022
Under the terms of Channon’s plea agreement, she is responsible for restitution and will be on three years of supervised release after her prison term is completed.
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Welcome to Seattle: Bartender who had face slashed is furious after attacker released from jail
February 21st, 2022
SEATTLE, WA – A woman is understandably upset after she learned the man that allegedly slashed her face has been freed by a judge pending his next court date.
The attack was captured on video surveillance.
Marques Echols slashes Felicite Ogilvy in the face, giving her 31 stitches- but Seattle judge sets him free back on the streets on his own recognizance #ProtectedGroup #blackprivilege https://t.co/oWbd8BUK1k https://t.co/TSbTeyXAtI pic.twitter.com/lpBjvyHaGm
— scarlett (@gonewiththekale) February 18, 2022
Felicite Ogilvy, a bartender in Seattle, is in fear for her continued safety now that the man who allegedly attacked her has been freed. Marques Echols, the alleged attacker, was released at his first appearance without even having to pay a bond. Ogilvy said:
“So, he’s out walking right now. Who knows where he is? He was in hiding for a month and a half. Then after they get him they just release him? That just made no sense to me.”
Echols was released after prosecutors unsuccessfully argued that he should be held on a $75,000 bond based on the severity of the charges he faces. However, the judge in the case decided that there was no need to keep him in custody or assign him a bond.
A spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Casey McNerthney, said:
“We realized pretty clearly that this is a felony assault case and we charged it that way. We understand that the victim was concerned. We were too. That’s why we wanted him to be held in jail.”
Ogilvy said that she no longer feels safe with the justice system and is in fear and upset at the judge’s decision to allow Echols to go free. She said:
“I don’t feel safe and I don’t feel safe with our justice system, with just letting them [alleged criminals] out immediately.”
Ogilvy was attacked in late December while she was working as a bartender at Joe’s Bar and Grill after she asked a customer for his COVID vaccination card. The COVID card is required in the area before someone is allowed to enter an indoor establishment.
The alleged suspect, Echols, apparently was angered that Ogilvy requested proof that he had been vaccinated and attacked her. After he refused to show the vaccination card to her, she allegedly moved to throw him out of the bar. She said:
“As soon as I throw him out that’s when he decides to fling a stick at my face.”
Echols allegedly slashed her with a stick that had some type of sharp metal on the tip which caused significant injury to her face. After the attack, Echols fled the scene and evaded capture for roughly six weeks after the crime.
Because of the injuries Ogilvy received when she was allegedly attacked by Echols, she was forced to undergo several surgeries to repair the damage. She also faces additional surgeries in the future to ensure that her face properly heals.
After the attack, Ogilvy told KIRO 7 in December:
“I really hope it just doesn’t happen to anyone else and I hope we can stop this situation, so it doesn’t get worse. I hope don’t act the way this guy did. I would never wish that on somebody. Because if it wasn’t my cheek, it could’ve been my neck, it could’ve been my eye.”
Ogilvy expressed her anger not only with Echols being released so quickly but also with the COVID mandates that require her to ask for a vaccination card before serving her customers. She said:
“I’m upset over this whole situation because if we weren’t required with the vaccine to ask about their card or to even have to look at it, this wouldn’t have happened.”
It’s because criminals know that police, hamstrung by politically correct political leaders, have had their collective hands tied.
A perfect example came about this week in Seattle, where a stolen car was allowed to casually drive away as embarrassed cops stood with their weapons drawn, unable to do anything, Gateway Pundit reports.
This past Wednesday, employees of KIRO Newsradio in the city caught the incident, which occurred directly outside their studio in downtown Seattle, on video.
MyNorthwest reported that according to information received from Sgt. Randy Huserik of the Seattle PD, officers responded to the area after someone called the department to report a vehicle was parked on the sidewalk with the engine running.
Police responded and contacted the vehicle’s occupant, then upon further investigation found upon running the registration that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
Additional units were sent to the area “to assist in attempting to take the driver who was in possession of a stolen vehicle into custody.”
As seen on the video taken by KIRO, officers proceeded to surround the vehicle with their firearms drawn, at which time the car left, driving off along the sidewalk.
Huserik was asked why police didn’t try to stop or otherwise intervene when the driver drove off, and he said the department’s official policy prohibits officers in such a situation from engaging in pursuit.
“Public safety being paramount, we have to factor in time of day, weather conditions, the activity of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area,” Huserik told KIRO’s Gee & Ursula show.
“Then, of course, we have our pursuit policy in the SPD manual—that dictates when and when we cannot pursue a vehicle, and in this circumstance, our pursuit policy did not allow officers to go after that vehicle.”
The incident in Seattle highlights concerns expressed by law enforcement officers across Washington State, who have complained regarding new policies implemented last year which limits circumstances under which officers can engage in vehicle pursuits. Huserik said the new pursuit guidelines would not have made a difference in this particular case.
“This would not have impacted our department in that manner,” he said.
“This wouldn’t have changed had this been today or had this been two years ago on this date, because our pursuit policy has been restrictive for some time. Even without the state laws that did go into effect last year, this would not have impacted how Seattle police would have responded to this incident.”
In a tweet, the Seattle PD clarified its policy further and said the department “will always err on the side of safety for everyone in our community” when it comes to pursuits.
The Seattle police are looking for anyone with further information to contact the department, or if someone has additional footage of the incident.
Under Washington state law (RCW 10.116.060), police may only engage in pursuit if:
- There is probable cause to believe that a person in the vehicle has committed or is committing a violent offense or sex offense…or an escape…
- There is reasonable suspicion a person in the vehicle has committed or is committing a driving under the influence offense….
- The pursuit is necessary for the purpose of identifying or apprehending the person;
- The person poses an imminent threat to the safety of others and the safety risks of failing to apprehend or identify the person are considered to be greater than the safety risks of the vehicular pursuit under the circumstances.
The law also requires officers receive authorization from a supervising officer and the pursuit is under supervisory control. It also directs officers to consider alternatives to the vehicular pursuit.
Officers must also take other factors into account, including speed, weather, traffic, road conditions, and the known presence of minors in the vehicle. If those factors aren’t met, the pursuit must be terminated.
The Seattle police manual addresses pursuits as follows:
- Officers will not engage in a vehicle pursuit without probable cause to believe a person in the vehicle has committed a violent offense or a sex offense and both of the following:
- Probable cause to believe that the person poses a significant imminent threat of death or serious physical injury to others such that, under the circumstances, the public safety risks of failing to apprehend or identify the person are considered to be greater than inherent risk of pursuit driving; and
- The Officer has received authorization to continue the pursuit from a supervisor.
In other words, it appears to be open season in Washington State, specifically in Seattle for stolen vehicles.
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