Rally marks 2nd anniversary of woodcarver John T. Williams' shooting death

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SEATTLE - Human rights activists are gathering Thursday for a march on the second anniversary of the fatal shooting of Native woodcarver John T. Williams by a Seattle police officer.

 

The group is gathering at the intersection of Boren and Howell, where Williams was shot by former Seattle police officer Ian Birk.

 

They will then march to the Seattle Center grounds where they will hold a rally.

 

The controversial shooting sent the city into an uproar.

 

Williams was holding a piece of wood and a 3-inch knife when he was shot by Birk.

 

Video from Birk’s patrol car’s dashboard camera showed that the whole encounter between the two, from Birk's first words until the first gunshot rang out, lasted seven seconds.

 

Birk resigned after a Seattle Police Department review board found the shooting unjustified, but county prosecutors later declined to file charges against him. Williams' family settled with the city for $1.5 million last year.

 

A totem pole was carved to honor Williams and was raised at Seattle Center on Williams’ birthday in February.