Charges against Black Lives Matters protesters dropped
Jul. 26, 2017
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Black Lives Matter protesters in Maine who police had said obstructed a public way are no longer facing criminal charges.
WGME-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2h3G8hm) that the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office has six months to refile the charges but let the deadline pass.
The group organized a protest last summer after black men were killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. Seventeen protesters were charged with obstructing a public way.
The protesters had been required to donate $140 to a victim's compensation fund and pay $60 for a restorative justice program.
A judge in January had agreed to an agreement saying that the misdemeanor charges will disappear if the protesters stay out of trouble for the next six months.