Seattle Protests, Black Lives Matter, Prosecution of African American, Dawit Kelete, Arraignment
The pair of Studio 2.8 photography photographs above, present photos of two King County Superior Court courtrooms, one of which will likely be the courtroom in which a man named Dawit Kelete, an African American man, will soon be formally arraigned on felony charges that include Vehicular Homicide (RCW 46.61.520) and Vehicular Assault (RCW 46.61.522) charges. These two Studio 2.8 photography exclusive photos of courtrooms at the King County Superior Court courthouse are photos newly produced by the Studio 2.8 Photography team at the courthouse just days ago.
According to court documents, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office alleges that Dawit Kelete struck a political demonstrator named Summer Taylor, who had been dancing late at night on the Interstate-5 highway in downtown Seattle. That political demonstrator, Summer Taylor, later died at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center hospital. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office also alleges that Dawit Kelete struck and injured a political demonstrator named Diaz Love who had also been on the Interstate-5 highway that night, the evening of July 3, 2020 into the wee hours of July 4, 2020. A Seattle resident who lives in a nearby apartment building had been using his mobile phone to record video of the political demonstrators on I-5 and thereby unintentionally recorded video of what transpired as a white luxury vehicle somehow managed to gain access to the closed I-5 highway, some believe by his having mistakenly entered the closed highway from a nearby exit access ramp.
In the midst of the intense political furor about racial justice regarding African Americans, some people on social media initially tried to blame the tradege on "white supremacists". As the aftermath of the tragedy has unfolded, much of the media seems loath to discuss the irony that many people who have vilified Dawit Kelete, a Black American, are political activists associated with a political movement whose slogan is "Black Lives Matter".
At the court's initial bail hearing for Dawit Kelete, held in a special courtroom within Seattle's King County Jail, world famous criminal defense attorney John Henry Browne, temporarily represented Dawit Kelete. Days later, two Bellevue, Washington defense attorneys, Francisco Duarte and Megan Dunn, filed an official Notice of Appearance document with the King County Superior Court announcing their legal representation of Dawit Kelete. The felony criminal case State of Washington v. Dawit Kelete is King County Superior Court cause number 20-1-04537-0 SEA.