Bainbridge Tree Sitter Gets 24-Hour Reprieve (w/ Photo Gallery)

Posted by on August 18, 2014 at 6:18 pm

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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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7 Responses to “Bainbridge Tree Sitter Gets 24-Hour Reprieve (w/ Photo Gallery)”

  1. Mahakala says:

    This is just the start. They need 24 hour security at the site. Spiking trees and vandalism are sure to follow by the usual Island suspects. I'm betting our ELF fire bug starts up again once construction is under way.

    The police and the DA need to make an example out of D’Angelo and her accomplices to show this to behavior will not be tolerated.

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  2. Ron Peltier says:

    I would like to challenge Mahakala, and other critics of the Visconsi protests, to come out tomorrow afternoon and discuss the issue face to face in a friendly environment.

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  3. Erika Shriner says:

    Perhaps the behavior we should be concerned about is cutting down 830 trees, creating traffic problems and forcing other businesses to close through redundancy all for the sake of making more money. At some point we need to bring business as usual in line with our morality.

    Thank you Chiara.

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  4. H says:

    Interesting how she wants to save trees yet she built a platform in the trees made of wood. Hypocritical island nature at best.

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  5. An Independent Voice says:

    When will City Hall protect and enforce private property rights? Is it now ok for people to start living in platforms in Ron Peltier's fruit trees?

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  6. Mahakala says:

    Dear Chief Hamner. Welcome to Bainbridge. You wanted this job so please do your duty. Visconsi wants tree girl off their property. Please arrest her and any of her supporters who are breaking the law. Time to o your duty and let the courts sort it out.

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    • An Independent Voice says:

      She came down. Her 15 minutes of fame are over. She can go back to protesting other causes. Next time she should pay attention to the law and the legal process. Also, I am not sure if we can sit in Ron's trees (since BI police did not actually charge her with trespassing), I suppose that Ron would not welcome us there. What is the message we take away from this? That sitting for 2 days is OK, but longer than that and you have violated the law? It does, however, call into question what all of these protesters (70, 80, 100 or 30, depending on who is counting) think about obeying our laws. As one person put it on another website, "would/will the BI police respond in a timely manner to an armed robbery?" In other words, which laws will BI police enforce and in what time scale?

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