Bainbridge Island’s 19-year-old tree sitter, Chiara D’Angelo, will not be arrested today, August 18.
Bainbridge Police Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn said this morning that Visconsi Companies had asked the department to arrest D’Angelo as a trespasser if she had not vacated the area today by 4 p.m. D’Angelo set herself 70 feet up on a platform in a tree at approximately 3 a.m. today to “block” Visconsi’s clear-cutting of forested land at the corner of High School Road and Highway 305 to build a commercial center.
But at approximately 2:15 p.m. today, City of Bainbridge spokesperson Kellie Stickney told Inside Bainbridge that the deadline for D’Angelo had been extended 24 hours to tomorrow at 4 p.m., meaning that her presence in the tree will not be regarded as trespassing before then. Stickney said, “The city is hoping this will have a peaceful resolution that will not result in an arrest.”
D’Angelo was in good spirits early this evening as a crowd gathered in support of her protest of destroying an ecosystem of over 800 trees and inhabitants.
A crowd formed around D’Angelo’s Douglas fir at 3:30 this afternoon and then gradually made its way to the southeast corner of High School Road and Highway 305, where citizens joined together to sing “All we are saying is give trees a chance” and danced in a circle in a show of solidarity with D’Angelo. Passersby in vehicles and on bicycles showed their support with thumbs ups, waves, and horn toots.
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Photos by Julie Hall.