The Washington Court of Appeals reversed a man’s conviction for third-degree assault on a police officer after determining an objective observer could have viewed race as being a factor in the state’s use of a peremptory challenge to exclude a potential juror.

Judge Anne M. Cruser reversed a trial court’s ruling finding Taylor Khiry Donta Harrison guilty of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, as she concluded that race or ethnicity could be viewed by as a factor in the State of Washington’s objection to a proposed juror.