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County Attorney dropping felony charges against dozens of protesters

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Posted at 1:47 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 13:47:31-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Jefferson County Attorney has announced they're dropping felony charges against dozens of protesters arrested this week outside Attorney General Daniel Cameron's home.

"After careful review of the law, I am dismissing the felony charge of Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process against the protesters arrested on Attorney General Cameron's property on July 14, 2020," Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell said in a statement issued Friday afternoon. "While we do believe the LMPD had probable cause for the charge, in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protester arrested this past Tuesday. We continue the misdemeanors and violations for prosecution at a later date."

Attorney O'Connell announced his office would assist protesters in expunging the felony charges from their records 30 days after they are dismissed.

87 protesters were arrested Tuesday evening while protested in Attorney General Daniel Cameron's front yard.

The protesters were part of the group called Until Freedom, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, the Louisville EMT who was shot and killed March 13.