Update and a Call for Assistance

Update

You may have noticed that things have been quiet for the past week or more.  We have been focused on doing in depth research on the Nazi skinheads that came to Olympia.  Look for more revelations at some point in the not too distant future.

We are back in action today with an article with new information on Officer Ryan Donald and on the Olympia City Council’s response to the shooting of Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson.  Some of you may be thinking that this is a departure from our focus on Nazi skinheads and their racist supporters.  It has always been our intention to include police brutality and participation in systemic racism within our range of reporting.  The recent posting of fliers around town with some important new information provided the opportunity for our first move in this direction.

Call for Assistance

There are a few things olydocuments would very much like your help with.

1. We know that skinheads came to Olympia before their demo at City Hall on the 26th.  We think this is an important story to share with the community.  However, we don’t have enough information to put together a clear timeline.  If you encountered skinheads or other overt racists in Olympia between May 21 and 29 we’d very much like to hear your story.  Even better if you have pictures or video. The message that the skinheads came to Olympia on their own accord immediately after the shooting, as part of a cold-blooded calculation that it would help them recruit other racists, is an important one to get out.  Please help us out.

We understand that security culture and other concerns may make you reluctant to reach out to us.  Rest assured that we will do everything possible to protect the identity of our sources.

2. The fliers outing various Nazis and other racists that were posted around town contained some information that we don’t have at olydocuments.  If someone could supply us a set of the fliers, Twitter hashtags where they can be found, or photos it would be much appreciated.

Please understand that while we felt it necessary to make it clear we didn’t put out the fliers, that doesn’t mean we have a negative view about them.  The reality is that like much of the community, our affinity group includes members that have both positive and negative reactions to them.  We simply didn’t want to be accountable for content that we weren’t aware of, especially given that our site was referenced on the fliers.

3. We continue to value and seek any other information you may have about topics we have reported on including Nazi skinheads in our region, overt racists, the Olympia Police Department, Olympia City Council responses to the shooting, Officer Ryan Donald, and so on.

If you have information you’d like to share you can email us at olydocuments@gmail.com.

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