Charges against some NY Occupy protesters dropped

Feb 18, 2012, 7:56 PM

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City prosecutors have been dropping criminal charges against many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last October in a demonstration that helped bring national attention to the movement.

Police hit 686 people with criminal charges after halting the march on the landmark span.

The New York Times reports (
http://nyti.ms/wYUnSX) that so far, 174 of those cases have been dismissed outright. Another 250 people have agreed to conditional dismissals.

A Manhattan judge dismissed 14 cases Friday at the request of prosecutors. Most of the prosecutions were abandoned due to a lack of evidence.

The huge number of arrests brought attention to the marchers, two weeks into their occupation of a New York City park.

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Information from: The New York Times,
http://www.nytimes.com

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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