Protestors call prosecutor's decision an injustice

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by NATALIE SWABY and LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 16 at 6:23 PM

SEATTLE – Anger and disappointment were the reactions of protestors who watched as King County Prosecutor Dan Satterburg explained his reasons for not charging Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk with a crime in the shooting death of woodcarver J. T. Williams.

About two dozen protestors gathered at City Hall and watched televised coverage of Satterburg’s news conference.

"We are asking for Ian Birk's badge permantly," said one man. "He should never be a police officer."

One protestor said she believes Officer Birk should be sent to prison “and hanged.”

As a group, the protestors said the decision only worsens relationships between the police department and minorities.

"I think if it was anyone other than law enforcement that they'd be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Roxanne Banguis, who watched the coverage. "Was he doing his job right? Was he doing his job? He got away with murder."

“Our committee is deeply saddened by the news that Ian Birk will not be charged,” said Sweetwater Nannauck, co-chair of the John T. Williams Organizing Coalition. “Public trust is essential to a good community-police partnership. It was shattered.”

Several of the protestors called for Mayor Mike McGinn to fire Police Chief John Diaz.

The protestors included Native Americans, African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans.

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