Teen ends protest, comes down from Bainbridge Island tree
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- The fight taken 60 feet in the air is over. Chiara D'Angelo adhered to a 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday deadline given by the owner of the property that she's made her home for more than 36 hours.
D'Angelo spent Monday night in the Bainbridge Island tree protesting against the development of a 72,000 square foot mall off High School Road. Key Bank and Walgreens would anchor the project.
The decision did not come until the last minute and it still took her time to pack everything up and come down. Police said she would not face any charges.
Dozens of Local residents and environmentalists came out to support the 19-year old, including her grandmother, Connie.
"I can tell you it runs in the family," she said. "For three generations we (helped) save the earth, so she's doing her thing."
Before D'Angelo came down, the majority of people -- including the media -- were moved off the private property. When she made her way to the crowd after it was over, she said, "I've got my feet on the ground and I'm never backing down. "
"I didn't go up there for the trees, I went up there for this community and their love of those trees," she added.