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PAO Recognizes Citizen Danny Walters Who Helped Victim of Hate Crime Attack

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PAO Recognizes Citizen Danny Walters Who Helped Victim of Hate Crime Attack.Each year, the King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) recognizes courageous citizens who have provided extraordinary assistance in aiding in a prosecution. These individuals have displayed resolve and dedication, and they provide a tremendous service to the community.

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PAO Recognizes Citizen Who Helped Victim of Hate Crime Attack

Each year, the King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) recognizes courageous citizens who have provided extraordinary assistance in aiding in a prosecution. These individuals have displayed resolve and dedication, and they provide a tremendous service to the community. One such citizen is Danny Walters, who was the key witness in a five co-defendant hate crime that occurred on Capitol Hill in June 2013

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L-R: Dan Satterberg, Citizenship Award winner
Danny Walters, and DPA Danika Adams.

Danny was working at the front door of the Comet Tavern when he witnessed a group of men harassing pedestrians by calling them homophobic slurs. The defendants also started harassing an African American man who was walking by. The defendants yelled racial and homophobic slurs and then attacked the victim and continued punching and kicking him even after he fell to the street.

Danny jumped in and began pulling the assailants off the victim, and even had to fight with some of them to get them to stop. Danny was also able to flag down police and help identify the assailants. Danny came to the Courthouse twice to undergo defense interviews. Later, he was even threatened by one of the defendants. By coming to the aid of a man who was being attacked, and providing key testimony, Danny Walters is a community hero. He is the recipient of the PAO’s Citizenship Award.

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