Two Brothers Shot By Cop File $25M Lawsuit, Jury Gives Them Nothing

Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald opened fire on Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin after they attacked him in 2015.

Tacoma, WA – A Tacoma jury has determined that an Olympia police officer did not violate two robbery suspects’ constitutional rights when he shot them during a confrontation in 2015.

Brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin filed a $25 million lawsuit against the City of Olympia and Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald in November of 2017, alleging that the officer used excessive force after they tried to steal beer from a Safeway store, KING reported.

The altercation occurred on May 21, 2015, after police received a report that Chaplin hurled a case of beer at a female Safeway employee who confronted him about trying to steal it, according to The Olympian.

Officer Donald later spotted the suspects walking along Cooper Point Road, so he pulled over and ordered them to stop, police said.

Thompson and Chaplin ignored his commands, and took off into the woods on foot.

Additional officers drove the duo back out of the wooded area towards Officer Donald, but the suspects again failed to comply with the officer’s commands to get down onto the ground, The Olympian reported.

The brothers’ attorney, Sunni Ko, acknowledged that Thompson swore at Officer Donaldson and yelled at him to “come at me,” according to the paper.

Thompson then attempted to tackle the officer as Chaplin raised a skateboard over his head and charged towards him, KING reported.

Officer Donald said he was afraid Chaplin would beat him in the head with the skateboard and that Thompson was going to steal his duty weapon, so he opened fire, according to The Olympian.

At least one of the rounds struck Chaplin in the spine, permanently paralyzing him.

According to the lawsuit, Chaplin now requires full-time care and is confined to a wheelchair.

Thompson was shot in the stomach, Teen Vogue reported.

He alleged that he “sustained severe physical and emotional injuries” due to his wounds, The Olympian reported.

“It was really bad,” Thompson told Teen Vogue in 2018. “I went to Bryson first. I see him all twitching and stuff. And I was infuriated. I was just all, like, cussing at him [Donald] some more and all I hear is pow pow pow and I’m down on the ground. I’m like, ‘Why’d you shoot us, you didn’t even have to do this!’”

The Olympia Police Department (OPD) and the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office ultimately cleared Officer Donald of any wrongdoing in relation to the officer-involved shooting.

In 2017, both suspects were convicted of third-degree assault, and Chaplin was also convicted of fourth-degree assault for attacking the Safeway employee, Teen Vogue reported.

Chaplin was sentenced to 10 ½ months in jail, while Thompson was sentenced to serve two months.

On Oct. 10, a Tacoma jury determined that Officer Donaldson did not violate the suspects’ constitutional rights during the officer-involved shooting, and rejected allegations that the officer acted negligently by opening fire, The Olympian reported.

The jury also rejected claims that the city failed to properly train its police force, according to KING.

Comments (76)
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flybynight
flybynight

"Why’d you shoot us, you didn’t even have to do this"?

You didn't have to steal but you did so you paid a steep price for some beer. You're lucky to be alive so take that and walk away .

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Ahh, the system works.

Kudos to the city for not settling with these criminals, and for the county and city appropriately clearing the officer of any wrongdoing in relation to the officer-involved shooting (and not giving out a ghetto lottery ticket for the bad guys actions)

robocop95
robocop95

Now make the P.O.S. plaintiffs pay for all of the legal fees.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Fantastic! At last a jury that gives these shitheads nothing. Don't commit crime and you'll never get bothered by the polcie.

WallyJaz
WallyJaz

Should have killed them, but then people would be upset... If people listened to the police, most of this stuff would not happen, they'd be in jail, but alive, or not paralyzed...

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Amazing coming out of Washington State, but absolutely the correct decision.

stooge819
stooge819

His skateboard has a chair now.

toughguy
toughguy

Update:Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren call for stricter skateboard control laws...

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Wow, coming from Western Washington! They got exactly what they deserved.

Brian N
Brian N

Play stupid games..... Glad to see common sense win out, even in Washington state

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

I'm wondering why Teen Vogue was reporting on this??

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Woohoo!! I love a story with the right outcome!!! Thugs got zero!! You just know they were dreaming of all the shit they were going to buy with their winnings but they got nothing!! That's sweet music!!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

My guess is those 2 brothers aren't grinning like Cheshire Cats, as they were posing by their poster.

LEO0301
LEO0301

A life confined to a wheel chair over a case of beer. Makes perfect sense if you're related to HCD.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Almost forgot, justice was served Andre and Bryson. Still, I suspect the tax payers will be supporting these two for the rest of their lives.

les0060
les0060

If this was in Seattle they would been rich and hero's.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

UNBELIEVABLE! A jury in WA did this? MY GOD I didn't think there was a decent, sensible human being left alive out there. OBEY -the laws of my country, and the officers I hire to enforce those laws - OR DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES, INCLUDING BEING PARALYZED.

LEO0301
LEO0301

A pain in the ass black guy where I lived broke into an older man's home. The older man comes home and surprises the burglar. The burglar punches the old guy and pushes him to the ground. The burglar then casually walked off down the middle of the street. What he didn't realize is that the old guy retrieved an old rusty 38 from his home and from about 50 yards fired a shot at the burglar, striking him dead center in his back, paralyzing him from the neck down. The entire police department didn't want to arrest the old guy and even suggested giving him a trophy for being a great shot. The State Attorney agreed to giving the old guy probation. A win win for everyone.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Just on a detail: I keep reading stories where an LEO walks into a potential confrontation unattended by a partner. Is this generally considered SOP for US LEO? A budgeting issue? I’m not trying to make a point, it’s a genuine question. I’m thinking there is sometimes an extension of poor judgement made by the desperate perp(s) who feels two against one is a worthwhile gamble. If two LEOs are present it may perhaps create a more definite image of impending capture? Maybe not. Thoughts?....

JG001
JG001

Attempting to brain a police officer, who has a gun, with a skateboard is plain stupid and you justifiably got shot. Case closed!

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

NEENER NEENER NEEEEENER.

61mouse
61mouse

I'm shocked seeing the state it happen in .

CUERVOGOLD
CUERVOGOLD

Well if they didn't try to assault the officer he wouldn't be paralyzed. All they needed to do is be compliant to his commands. This new generation has no respect for adults and they need to be put away for assaulting a police officer. Next time they will kill one and brag about it. The only problem is see here is Washington, Oregon, California their too liberal they will release the bad guys and arrest the good guys.

LynnSB
LynnSB

To bad the POS Lived -- What a F*cking WASTE of Tax Payer Money !!!

61mouse
61mouse

Don't be a thug, if you can't take a slug!

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

One number short in the ghetto lottery! Darn it!

Fbc28277
Fbc28277

The officer needs more range practice. Now the taxpayers are stuck paying for these losers until they die. Should have been two dead thugs!

Musicray
Musicray

I guess their lawyer gets nothing!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Finally a jury with some balls.... and common sense. Gotta love it.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Red Neck
Red Neck

Looks like a good conclusion to me. Stupid got what, Stupid deserved for being stupid enough to stupidly attack an Officer because they were stupidly trying to do what stupid people do stupidly trying to steal from other what they are too stupid to gainfully acquire by earing a living wage legally.

Tomkcr
Tomkcr

Good for the jury. These 2 scum deserve nothing but prison time.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Wow, a West Coast Liberal city jury actually made the right decision based on facts and not on ignorance and emotion. I am slightly impressed.

Janken
Janken

Stupids. Now he can hide more things in his wheelchair. The dam thief. Entitled. Hell no he doesnt deserve a thing. He will pay the rest of his life for being stupid. Now he,s paralyzed

investigator
investigator

GOD bless thät Jury!!!HIP, hip, hooray!!!!!!! FINALLY, some intelligent people saw through the BS!!Congrats to the Officer,,,,,Job Well Done!

crankyelder
crankyelder

Let's see. You assault a store employee. You bumrush an LEO with a skateboard and two against one odds. Obviously you had the intent to do some amount of bodily harm. But, you cannot on God's green earth figure out why the officer shot both of you? Your family gene pool is a little shallow is it not?

retired40
retired40

They want justice? I think they got justice, they should be dead.

Philo61
Philo61

Don't you just love how the blacks, when caught committing a crime, try to change the focus off of them, and onto the police doing their jobs! Thanks Obama!

chiefd
chiefd

Wow, HCD didn't troll this story? I guess if the police come out on top he doesn't have anything to say.

Razorx
Razorx

These "ghetto lottery" attempts are absolutely absurd. I'm glad the right outcome happened on this case. Unfortunately there are many, many others cases where the opposite is ruled. Happy to hear this.