PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE FOR ROBERT WASHINGTON: CHARGES DROPPED!
Admittedly, the Restorative Justice Coalition was not sure what we were doing: but we knew we had to do something! No help was given to us by attorney-staffed or funded organizations. The Friday before his trial, on a whim, Sadie, Emily and D'Angelo met with State Attorney Andrew Warren and discussed our concerns. To our surprise, that Monday, we received a call informing us that Robert Washington's charges had been dropped and that the police had no basis for this arrest.
This is only one drop in the bucket. We did not know it then but we were engaging in community work known as participatory defense.
There is power when community works together!