Federal charges filed against one May Day protester

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

One of the May Day protesters who allegedly engaged in destructive actions was charged Thursday in federal court in Seattle, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced.

Cody R. Ingram was charged with destruction of government property. The 23-year-old Vermont resident allegedly used sticks to break glass windows and doors at the Nakamura Federal Courthouse during the May 1 demonstrations.

"These acts were potentially dangerous acts of vandalism, not protected free speech. These crimes were not envisioned by May Day march organizers," Durkan said. "We will do everything we can to identify and prosecute those who sought to turn peaceful protests into violent encounters in downtown Seattle."

Destruction of government property is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

On Wednesday, Seattle police released a list of the eight people arrested during the course of Tuesday's May Day protests; four will be charged with felony assaults on police officers.

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