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Charges Dropped Against 48 Arrested During 1st Weekend Of Jacksonville Protests

Protestors are pictured outside the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on May 30.

The State Attorney’s Office says it won’t be pursuing charges against 48 protesters arrested May 31 during demonstrations in Downtown Jacksonville.

According to a disposition document released Friday, the State Attorney’s Office reviewed multiple videos recorded during the day, including drone and aerial video from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, along with the arrest and booking reports for each protester.

WJCT News partner News4Jax reports all of those whose charges have been dropped were charged with either unlawful assembly, resisting an officer without violence or both.

“Based upon the law, the facts, and the circumstances involved, this office declines to file charges on each of the cases,” the disposition read.

The State Attorney’s Office had already filed an electronic notice saying that after reviewing evidence it would not prosecute a Jacksonville pastor who was arrested for unlawful assembly on May 31 while on Facebook Live during a protest.

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