DA won’t prosecute 18 arrested at immigration protest

July 3, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s district attorney is not pursuing charges against 18 people arrested outside a Boston jail during a protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Wednesday she filed court papers ending the prosecutions.

A spokeswoman for Rollins says similar offenses arising from protests were “routinely” converted to civil infractions under prior administrations. The protesters were to be arraigned Wednesday on trespassing charges.

Hundreds of protesters marched from the downtown New England Holocaust Memorial to the Suffolk County House of Corrections on Tuesday evening calling for closure of migrant camps at the country’s southern border.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement houses some detainees at the Boston jail. The rally was organized by Never Again Action, a national group that also coordinated similar protests across the country.

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