Olympia student convicted of assault at protest

A woman accused of kicking two Olympia officers during her arrest at an anti-police brutality march was convicted Tuesday of one assault charge and acquitted of the other.

The 22-year-old Evergreen State College student, Margaret Belknap, will be sentenced Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court.

The Olympian reports she testified she did not intentionally strike any officers during her April 8 arrest. She said any contact was inadvertent.

Belknap was one of about two dozen people arrested as marchers dressed in black with faces covered in hoods and scarves started throwing rocks and bottles, spray-painting buildings and dragging trash containers into the streets.

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